While I’ve known several people who managed completely by-pass the phase, I tend to think it wasn’t too unusual for most US Punk kids in the 80’s to go through a UK82 / British Punk phase at some point in their youths—usually during the late teens or early 20’s and, amazingly, I still see kids today dressing up like bands from that era. Whatever. Personally, I went through a period of several years where I couldn’t stand the sound of this stuff, but a few years back I had a change of heart and started liking these bands again. Let’s see: a disintegrating empire, no jobs, no future, and no signs of things getting any better? I think it has finally sunk into my Yankee brain-I get it now, and the stuff these kids were ranting about back then holds some new significance to me. Aside from that, I totally would have eaten this record up as a kid—I loved this stuff and, while this seems to have come out around the tail end of the first wave, it is decent Punk schlock for the not-too-picky listener of music from this era. This comp seems to be a little less known than some of its contemporaries and therein lies the charm, as these songs haven’t been totally beaten into the ground like some of the better known records from this classic period. This is pretty much low-fi, working class, political Punk slop that doesn’t sound like Discharge or GBH—more like Chaos UK and Exploited. A fun listen if you haven’t heard this sort of stuff in a while.