"The Exploited are what hardcore old school is about. And they said it all on LIVE LEWED LUST and LIVE IN JAPAN . So if you are a real punk get this album and just fuck the bollocks and join THE EXPLOITED BLARMY ARMY."
One of the first, One of the best.
firstname.lastname@example.org | Ohio, USA | 01/08/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A direct rebute to CRASS's song "Punk is Dead". Not the best of friends with CRASS; listen to the title track. I personally disagree with alot of the politics of this band (especially, but not limited to, the roumours of their occasional partial neonazi affiliation), but the music is by far first rate. I'm a big fan of The Exploited, up until the "Beat the Bastards" came out. This is a represenation of the lads in their heyday, back before P.C. was as important as it is now. Buy this cd if you are tired of hearing about how "punk rock" greenday is. You'll see why the older punks can't stand mtv and it's garbage."
Brutal British Punk
Paul Cerra | 08/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's difficult to overstate the significance of this album. With the death of Sid Vicious in the late 1970s, many people happily announced that punk was dead. Little did they realize that punk music hadn't even begun to make its mark. Garry Fielding of 'Beat of the Street' magazine is quoted in the liner notes of the CD as saying, "this album and The Exploited will be more important in ten years than any of their so-called 'trendy-indie' peers." Let's call the man a prophet, because he got it right. Now, twenty years later, this album is still considered by many (including myself) to be THE best punk album ever made.The songs are furious and brutal, sometimes serious, and often really funny. Yeah, that may sound contradictory, but listen to the album and I think you'll agree. There aren't many bands that can laugh about a serial killer in one song ("Yorkshire Ripper: 15, Mother's Love: Zero!") while turning serious about the policies of Thatcherism in the next tune. For all you Americans (like me), don't be turned off by the UK-centric feel of this album. The Exploited have plenty of venom for America and Ronald Reagan, too.Incidentally, because the issue has been raised, let me point out that bandmembers of The Exploited were NOT into nazism. They weren't neo-nazis or holocaust deniers. Please remember that many punk bands of the time adopted the strongest symbols they could find, from swastikas and anarchy symbols to mohawks and bandoliers. This wasn't done simply to be shocking and offensive, but also to repudiate the then-prevalent notion that only middle-class, clean-cut kids could make music. If you don't understand that there is a difference between self-expression and outright adherence to nazism, maybe this album isn't for you after all. I realize that any inappropriate display of nazi iconography offends certain people, but The Exploited are not facists and never were. Anyone who thinks otherwise should listen a bit more carefully to the lyrics."
Punk wasnt dead in 79...now it's another story
Christy | Tennessee | 11/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album was titled mainly as a stab on Crass's song "Punk Is Dead"...Crass point of view for pronouncing that punk was dead was very relevant in that punk in the late 70's was sold off to the corporates for money denouncing everything punk had begun to stand for. In my opinion I think it was this album that spewed forth the now cliche punk idealisms...it was pretty much this release that would put the british hardcore/street punk/oi! movement from the late 70's into the early 80's into full gear for a rip roaring movement. Politically charged lyrics and fast aggressive music and a lead singer who was probably the biggest jerk in the world made up for a chaotic time in punk..and we got bands like Anti-Nowhere League , Chaos UK , Varukers , UK Subs , Special Duties , and many others because of this.Holds up well today musically and lyrically except in the hard to accept fact that once again...Punk is Dead...maybe..;)"
Christy | 01/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Anyone who doesn't like this is a trendy sell-out pop punk loser? That is one of the stupidest things I've ever read. Honestly. Grow up, people. Do you even know the definition of 'opinion'? Well, judging by that review I read, I seriously doubt that.
Anyway, this is a pretty moronic record, but it's fun to listen to nonetheless. It's also fun to blast. Woo!"