Action Time Vision: A Story of Independent U.K. Punk 1976-1979

Action Time Vision: A Story of Independent U.K. Punk 1976-1979


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In the early years of the punk rock explosion of the '70s, the record industry didn't know what to make of the aggressive new sound. Punk certainly seemed like the coming thing, but no one seemed sure of how to sell music that was built around open disrespect for authority figures -- which in the eyes of the punks included the music industry. Thankfully, punk was born with a passionate desire to document itself, and if the major labels weren't going to put punk rock on records, the punks would do it themselves. No previous rock movement was more closely associated with independent labels and the D.I.Y. philosophy than punk, and countless indie labels were launched to commit fresh talent to vinyl. Action Time Vision: A Story of Independent U.K. Punk 1976-1979 is an exhaustive and wildly entertaining four-volume box set that examines both the indie label scene in the United Kingdom as well as the bands that emerged on homegrown labels. The set opens, fittingly enough, with "New Rose" by the Damned, widely acknowledged as the first British punk single and the release that turned Stiff Records into a going concern. Just as that record still sounds fresh and explosive four decades later, nearly all of the 111 songs on Action Time Vision are filled with energy, passion, and a sense of discovery, as the musicians strive to find their place in a new musical landscape and have fun doing it. This set is also a potent reminder that early punk was never as monochromatic as many liked to believe (or as samey as U.K. punk would become in the '80s). Along with the foursquare punk attack of the Lurkers, the Cortinas, Sham 69, and many others, there's the speeded-up pub rock of Fruit Eating Bears, the joyous power pop of the Stoat, the prog-inspired twists and turns of Psykik Voltz, the arty minimalism of English Subtitles, the psych-inspired surrealism of Victim, the edgy cool of the Flys, and the acoustic guitar in a bedsit parody/tribute of Patrik Fitzgerald. And while the set includes lots of familiar names, the compilers have included plenty of obscurities that often prove to be as satisfying as the best-known tracks, another reminder of how fertile this era truly was. (There are also a number of tracks from artists who would go on to greater fame in the future, such as Billy Bragg in Riff Raff, Kevin Rowland in the Killjoys, and Shane MacGowan in the Nipple Erectors.) The liner notes from Andy Davis are a great read, and an impressive history of the many bands and labels featured here. This is hardly the first or best study of the U.K. punk scene of the '70s, but Action Time Vision is an impressive tribute to the early stirrings of indie culture in England, and it's great listening throughout.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/16/2016
Label: Cherry Red
UPC: 5013929102705
catalogNumber: 3465595
Rank: 22974


Disc 1

  1. New Rose
  2. Outside View
  3. Television Screen
  4. Fascist Dictator
  5. Lookalikes
  6. Shadow
  7. I Can't Stand My Baby
  8. I'm Alive
  9. No One
  10. I Don't Wanna
  11. Mucky Pup
  12. Terminal Stupid
  13. Worthless Trash
  14. Hungry
  15. Chelsea 77
  16. One to Infinity
  17. Johnny Won't Get to Heaven
  18. Saints and Sinners
  19. Withdrawal
  20. Teenage Treats
  21. Youthanasia
  22. Radio Call Sign
  23. Venus Eccentric
  24. Get Your Woofing Dog Off Me
  25. Modern Politics
  26. New Religion
  27. Radio Wunderbar
  28. Love and a Molotov Cocktail
  29. Gobbing on Life
  30. Lovers of Today
  31. Nothing to Declare

Disc 2

  1. Read About Seymour
  2. Safety-Pin Stuck in My Heart
  3. No Leaders
  4. Office Girl
  5. I Don't Need You
  6. Speed Freak
  7. Give It All to Me
  8. Moving Target
  9. I Hate the Whole Human Race
  10. Gimme Your Heart
  11. That's Too Bad
  12. Blank Generation
  13. Door in My Face
  14. System
  15. You Make Me Sick
  16. Suspect Device
  17. G.L.C.
  18. Gutter Kids
  19. Reasons
  20. Big Time
  21. I Am a Dalek
  22. On Me
  23. Pseudo Punk
  24. Solitary Confinement
  25. King of the Bop
  26. The Murder of Liddle Towers
  27. Bunch of Stiffs

Disc 3

  1. Action Time Vision
  2. I Don’t Want My Heart to Rule My Head
  3. Bad Hearts
  4. Cosmonaut
  5. New Wave Love
  6. Failures
  7. 19 and Mad
  8. Little Miss Perfect
  9. Just Another Teenage Rebel
  10. Psycho Mafia
  11. Urban Kids
  12. Don't Ring Me Up
  13. Gordon
  14. England '77
  15. C.I.D.
  16. Crazy
  17. I Don't Care
  18. Kicks in Style
  19. Elvis Is Dead
  20. In a Rut
  21. Drums Over London
  22. Never Been So Stuck
  23. Wot's for Lunch Mum? (Not B****S Again!)
  24. Breaking Point
  25. New Way
  26. Sick on You

Disc 4

  1. Zerox
  2. Death to Disco
  3. Danger Love
  4. D.N.A.
  5. Flares 'n' Slippers
  6. Totally Useless
  7. The End of Civilisation
  8. Hypocrite
  9. These Boots Are Made for Walking
  10. Timewall
  11. King of Kings
  12. Dumb Dumb
  13. Time Tunnel
  14. Soft Ground
  15. Easy Way Out
  16. My Friends
  17. I Must Be Mad
  18. Why Are Fire Engines Red
  19. Anthem
  20. Slag
  21. Future Rights
  22. I've Been Hurt (So Many Times Before)
  23. Nothing
  24. Things in General
  25. 1970's Have Been Made in Hong Kong
  26. Violence Grows
  27. Under the Doctor

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Adam Ant   Composer
Billy Bragg   Composer
Gary Numan   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Nikki Sudden   Composer
Ritchie Blackmore   Composer
Patrik Fitzgerald   Composer
Lee Hazlewood   Composer
Jimmy Hibbert   Composer
Bernie Marsden   Composer
Andrew Matheson   Composer
Mark Perry   Composer
Jimmy Pursey   Composer
Toad   Composer
John Waters   Composer
Mark Edwards   Composer
Swales   Composer
Paul Gilbert   Composer
Spizz   Composer
Tony Baggett   Composer
Edward Ball   Composer
Rab Fae Beith   Composer
Andy Blade   Composer
Michael Blair   Composer
Tony Bowers   Composer
Charlie Burchill   Composer
Jake Burns   Composer
Jo Callis   Composer
Martin Cowan   Composer
Ian Curtis   Composer
Rob Dallaway   Composer
Dexter Dalwood   Composer
Matt Dangerfield   Composer
Guy Days   Composer
Geoffrey Deane   Composer
Steve Eagles   Composer
Mike Fewings   Composer
Tony Friel   Composer
Simon Gallup   Composer
Paul Gardner   Composer
Mick Geggus   Composer
Bob Harding   Composer
Charlie Harper   Composer
Olly Harrison   Composer
Peter Hook   Composer
Adrian Janes   Composer
Brian James   Composer
David Jaymes   Composer
Jim Kerr   Composer
Faebhean Kwest   Composer
Robert Lloyd   Composer
Richard London   Composer
Bernie Lowe   Composer
Keith Lucas   Composer
Shane MacGowan   Composer
George Maddison   Composer
Nigel Martinez   Composer
Brian McGee   Composer
John Milarky   Composer
Neil O'Connor   Composer
Gene October   Composer
Peter Perrett   Composer
John Reed   Licensing
Kevin Rowland   Composer
Dave Ruffy   Composer
Mark E. Smith   Composer
Daniel Swan   Composer
Jeremy Valentine   Composer
Steve Zodiac   Composer
Snivelling Shits   Composer
Kirk Brandon   Composer
Stephen Morris   Composer
Gordon Ogilvie   Composer
Raymond Chandler   Composer
Bernard Sumner   Composer
Shane Bradley   Composer
Steve Tannett   Composer
Steel   Composer
Keith Warren   Composer
Edwin Pouncey   Composer
Alan Lee Shaw   Composer
Frank Torpey   Composer
Kris Needs   Composer,Introduction
Farmer   Composer
Jenny Adlington   Composer
Shigen Tsujino   Composer
Ratcliffe   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Olli Wisdom   Composer
Bill Sargent   Composer
Kanye West   Composer
Joe Moody   Composer
Jim Walker   Composer
Paul Hilton   Composer
Phil Langham   Composer
Dave Gee   Composer
Peter Bywaters   Composer
Tony Donald   Composer
John "Segs" Jennings   Composer
Morgan Webster   Composer
Doug Potter   Composer
Simon Werner   Composer
George Gill   Composer
Jean-Marie Carroll   Composer
Prior   Composer
Hartley   Composer
Sheppard   Composer
Tony Bennett   Composer
Steve Spear   Composer
Pete Stride   Composer
Bob Borland   Composer
Stan the Man   Composer
Paul Fox   Composer
Kev Biscoe   Composer
Latter   Composer
Chevron   Composer
Cartledge   Composer
Simon Justice   Composer
Wilkes   Composer
Dave Parsons   Composer
Alfie Boe   Composer
Michael Davison   Composer
Chris Gorgier   Composer
Bruce Mitchell   Composer
John Crampton   Composer
White Punks on Dope   Composer
Paul Metcalf   Composer
Drewett   Composer
Chris Reeves   Composer
Murtagh   Composer
Nick Wade   Composer
John Werner   Composer
John Ellis   Composer
Howells   Composer
Paul Rencher   Composer
Kevin Key   Composer
Levi Lowrey   Composer
Subversa   Composer
Ronnie Matthews   Composer
Ian Anderson   Composer
Mike Hargreaves   Composer
Paul Maxwell   Composer
Chris Free   Composer
Casey Veggies   Composer
Andy Davis   Biographical Notes
Patrick Bateman   Composer
Ryan Spendlove   Composer
McCallum   Composer
Dave Henderson   Composer
Andy Ross   Composer
Derek Greening   Composer
Graham Marshall   Composer
Gresty   Composer
Nick Dwyer   Composer
Eddy Ball   Licensing
Tim Jee   Composer
James Burkill   Composer
Michael Callan   Composer
Owen McFadden   Composer
Bishop Briggs   Composer
Nick Lightowlers   Composer
Crozier   Composer
Groven   Composer
Thomas Mensforth   Composer
Raymond Cowie   Composer
Robinson Park   Composer
Roger Towndrow   Composer
Eric Semon   Composer
Donna Tracy Boylan   Composer
Simon Snakke   Composer
Martin Callomon   Composer
Chris Crash   Composer
Steve Cundall   Composer
Callum Cuthbertson   Composer
Jesse Lynn-Dean   Composer
Tony Deary   Composer
Chris D'Ouseley   Composer
Mick Emerson   Composer
Geoff Foster   Composer
Colin Getwood   Composer
Godfrey   Composer
Kit Gould   Composer
Wes Graham   Composer
Guy Greenhough   Composer
Hamilton   Composer
John Hammond   Composer
Ian Nance   Composer
Jack Harrington   Composer
Chris Harz   Composer
Klever Hemingway   Composer
Stuart Hinton   Composer
Pete Howsam   Composer
Jacobs   Composer
John Earthrowl   Composer
Colin Keinch   Composer
Christopher Paul "CP" Lee   Composer
Paul Leinster   Composer
Ali Mackenzie   Composer
McMaster   Composer
Nelson   Composer
O'Gorman   Composer
Anthony O'Neill   Composer
Oddie Ordish   Composer
Petrol   Composer
Roger "Rog Sensible" Rawlinson   Composer
John Black   Composer
Gary Brown   Composer

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