Punk is a loose term for what we have here. While Not Good For Your Health: Punk Nuggets 1972-1984 contains several of the scene’s defining anthems – ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’, ‘Blank Generation’ and suchlike – there is as much ‘post-’ and ‘proto-’ as there is ‘punk’ on display. Entries from The Gun Club, Joy Division, Patti Smith, Television and more give Rhino’s twenty-three-track compilation a pleasing sense of variety. The quality of the content is, of course, beyond dispute.
A1 Ramones– Blitzkrieg Bop
A2 Television– See No Evil
A3 Richard Hell & The Voidoids– Blank Generation
A4 The Dead Boys– Sonic Reducer
A5 Tuff Darts– (Your Love Is Like) Nuclear Waste
A6 Patti Smith– Hey Joe
B1 The Stranglers– (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
B2 The Rezillos– (My Baby Does) Good Sculptures
B3 Stiff Little Fingers– Suspect Device
B4 Joy Division– Warsaw
B5 Tom Robinson Band– 2-4-6-8 Motorway
B6 The Flamin’ Groovies– Shake Some Action
C1 The Pretenders– The Wait
C2 Johnny Thunders– You Can’t Put Your Arms Round A Memory
C3 999– Homicide
C4 Gang Of Four– Love Like Anthrax
C5 Germs– Lexicon Devil
D1 The Flesh Eaters– Digging My Grave
D2 The Gun Club– Sex Beat
D3 Fear– I Love Livin’ In The City
D4 Misfits– Skulls
D5 The Replacements– Takin’ A Ride
D6 Rank & File– Amanda Ruth
(Rhino Records)