The Exploited - Punk's not Dead 12" LP Vinyl Album

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"Punk's Not Dead" is the debut album by the punk band The Exploited. It was released in 1981 by Secret Records. The album became the #1 independent album of 1981 in the United Kingdom. The album was a reaction to critics who said the punk genre was dead, and in response to industry trends toward New Wave music and other genres.

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"Punk's Not Dead" Album Description:

In the bleak landscape of early 1980s Britain, The Exploited emerged as one of the most ferocious voices of the punk movement. Their debut album, "Punk's Not Dead," released in 1981 on Secret Records, became an instant classic and continues to resonate with listeners drawn to the genre's unfiltered power.

Historical Context

The Exploited's music was born out of a time of deep social and political unrest in the United Kingdom. High unemployment, economic decline, and a sense of disillusionment with the ruling class fueled a generation of angry youth. Punk rock provided the perfect soundtrack for this angst, and The Exploited were among the most uncompromising bands of the era.

Musical Exploration

"Punk's Not Dead" is a relentless assault of fast tempos, buzzsaw guitars, and the snarling vocals of frontman Wattie Buchan. The album's lyrics are filled with anti-establishment fury, tackling themes of police brutality ("Cop Cars"), war ("Army Life"), and social injustice ("Sex & Violence"). Despite the lack of traditional musical sophistication, the sheer aggression and energy of the band captured the spirit of the era perfectly.

Controversies

The Exploited's raw sound and confrontational lyrics inevitably sparked controversy. They were accused of promoting violence and anarchy, concerns that often followed punk rock bands of the time. However, the band maintained that their music was simply a reflection of the harsh realities they and their audience faced.

The Band and Venue

The classic lineup of The Exploited featured Wattie Buchanon vocals, Big John Duncan on guitar, Gary McCormack on bass, and Dru Stix on drums. The album "Punk's Not Dead" was recorded at a small studio in Edinburgh, Scotland. This DIY environment further exemplifies the punk ethos the band embodied.

Frontman Wattie Buchan

Wattie Buchan was the undisputed leader and focal point of The Exploited. His distinctive mohawk hairstyle, studded leather jacket, and ferocious stage presence made him an icon of the punk scene. His lyrics, delivered in a thick Scottish accent, were filled with raw emotion and political outrage.

Music Genre:

UK Punk 

Album Production Information:

The album: "The Exploited - Punk's not Dead" was produced by: Dave Leaper and The Exploited
Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Neil (REL)

Record Label Information:

SECRET RR 9995  

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1981 Made in EU/EEC  
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: The Exploited - Punk's not Dead
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Wattie Buchan - Vocals
  • Big John Duncan - Guitar, Vocals
  • Gary McCormack - Bass guitar, Vocals
  • Dru Stix - Drums
  • Carole & Navi - Backing Vocals
Complete Track-listing of the album "The Exploited - Punk's not Dead"

The detailed tracklist of this record "The Exploited - Punk's not Dead" is:

    Track-listing:
  1. Punk's Not Dead 1:51
  2. Mucky Pup 1:42
  3. Cop Cars 1:52
  4. Free Flight 3:35
  5. Army Life (Part 2) 2:37
  6. Blown to Bits 2:40
  7. Sex & Violence 5:11
  8. Dogs of War
  9. SPG 2:07
  10. Royalty 2:07
  11. Dole Q 1:51
  12. Exploited Barmy Army 2:28
  13. Ripper 2:03
  14. Out of Control 2:52
  15. Son of a Copper 2:39
  16. I Believe in Anarchy 2:03
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