Swedish punk began in the late ‘70s and by the mid-‘80s, the small steel mill town of Fagersta had seven bands, immortalised on rare compilation The Vikings Are Coming, which is surprisingly diverse: Bizarr’s old-school punk is influenced by the Clash and SLF; Cruel Maniacs give social criticism and Crude SS’s hardcoredraws on Discharge; Rescues In Future’s speedcore is super melodic, influenced by Husker Du; Fear of War’s thrash is anti-religious and there’s more thrash from Bedrovlerz (or ‘Miserablerz’), while Ugly Squaw proffer unique power-punk humour (also making an incognito faux-reggae appearance as Rasta Boys). This edition revives the ori- ginal Swedish version released on Uproar Records in l985, giving us the full monty of this must-have anthology.

Fear Of War – Surfer Boy
Fear Of War – Morality Fuck-Up
Fear Of War – Min Far
Rescues In Future – Ford-Hate
Rescues In Future – Jerk
Rescues In Future – You Can Try
Rescues In Future – Solo Låten
Bedrövlerz – Self Destruct
Bedrövlerz – A Child Was Born
Bedrövlerz – Satisfied Mind
Rasta Boys – Have A Safe Day (Rasta Mix)
Ugly Squaw – Policemans Parade
Ugly Squaw – Another Trojan Horse
Cruel Maniax – Atomkrig
Cruel Maniax – Once There Was
Cruel Maniax – Human Rights
Bizarr – Är Det Försent ?
Bizarr – Det Var Bättre Förr
Bizarr – Gör Din Plikt
Crude S.S. – Blue Eyed Devils
Crude S.S. – Chaos
Crude S.S. – Bullying A Nation

(Radiation Records)