Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Future Events Such as These Will Affect You in the Future

I know what you're thinking -- what the world really needs right now is a tribute album for pioneering first generation British punk bands The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned.

Well, gosh darn it -- you're in luck, because now there is one!!!

The short version (from the press release):
There are 18 tracks on the album, with 6 tracks each dedicated to the Pistols, the Clash and the Damned. All the bands were tasked with providing covers of a high standard. Expectations were high, and yet the artists managed to create something new & radically different.

The bands featured are The Sex Pistols Experience, Leatherface, Terry Edwards (Serious Drinking, Higsons, Tindersticks), Steve Drewett (Newtown Neurotics), Attila the Stockbroker, The Blaggers ITA, Bleach, Anhrefn, The Price, Red Letter Day, The Bolsheviks, Identity, Exit Condition, Robb Johnson and The Urchin String Quartet!

Having now listened to it, I can report that while No Future is as patchy as most tribute albums tend to be, there's nothing on it that dishonors the originals. I can also report that I find it perhaps overly amusing that the Sex Pistols Experience is billed here as "the UK's top Sex Pistols tribute band"; I'm assuming this means that there's more than one. Heh.

In any case, not being a huge Damned fan, I was surprised that the Leatherface cover of "Melody Lee" below... under my skin in very short order. I should also add that Steve Drewett's version of "Capital Radio" is the bees knees, as today's kids say.

Bottom line: You can -- and on balance, I would say you should -- order it over at Amazon here.