The Boys – Punk Rock Anthology (Anagram Records)


The bluntly titled Punk Rock Anthology collects a staggering forty-seven tracks, spanning 1976 to 1980. The Boys were a good, if not particularly inspired, U.K. band who injected Stonesy boogie and junk-shop glam stomp (band member Casino Steel was in the New York Dolls-esque Hollywood Brats, who are covered twice and feted on the song “Hollywood Brats”) with the requisite punk levels of speed and nihilism. Their earliest songs where they’re mean and focused are the best, but when the British punk scene sunk under the weight of the Sex Pistols’ implosion The Boys shifted to a less interesting new wave sound featured on Disc Two. Even at their best they never had much substance and never found their niche (they steal from The Stones, The Dolls, The Who and Dylan), which is fine for a track or two, but then boredom sets in, making these albums best integrated into an iPod shuffling session.

Tracklisting:

  • 1. I Don’t Care [Single Version]
  • 2. Soda Pressing [Single Version]
  • 3. First Time [Single Version]
  • 4. Turning Grey
  • 5. Sick On You
  • 6. Tonight
  • 7. Tumble With Me
  • 8. Box Number
  • 9. Kiss Like A Nun
  • 10. Cop Cars
  • 11. Tenement Kids
  • 12. Livin’ In The City
  • 13. Brickfield Nights
  • 14. USI
  • 15. Do The Contract
  • 16. Heroine
  • 17. Classified Susie
  • 18. TCP
  • 19. Backstage Pass
  • 20. Talking
  • 21. Cast Of Thousands
  • 22. See Ya Later [Junk Version]
  • 23. Jap Junk
  • 24. Schoolgirls
  • 25. I Love Me [Single Version]
  • 26. Kamikaze [Original Mix]
  • 27. Terminal Love
  • 28. Rue Morgue
  • 29. You Can’t Hurt A Memory
  • 30. Lonely Cowboy
  • 31. Bad Day
  • 32. Independent Girl
  • 33. You Better Move On
  • 34. Walk My Dog
  • 35. Jimmy Brown
  • 36. Weekend
  • 37. Wrong Arm Of The Law
  • 38. Poor Little Rich Girl
  • 39. Gabrielle
  • 40. Let It Rain
  • 41. Little White Lifeline [Acoustic Version]
  • 42. Sad Souvenir [1976 Demo]
  • 43. Hollywood Brats [1977 Demo]
  • 44. Cool [1978 Demo]
  • 45. Roundabout [1979 Demo]
  • 46. Little Runaround [1990 Demo]
  • 47. Coming To Take Me Away [1990 Demo]