Compilation albums in the eighties, especially underground ones that were done for the benefit of some greater cause, often wore their musical schizophrenia as a badge of honour. (We've posted more such comp's HERE)
God Save Us From the USA, a British 1987 benefit L.P. for Nicaraguan Solidarity Campaign gives you anarcho-pop-punk from Zounds, spoken word pieces from Nic Toczek, reggae-punk from Culture Shock, socialist-pop from The Neurotics, Welsh-language pop-punk from Anhrefn, weird-core from Karma Sutra, skronk-rock from Some Weird Sin, post-noise from The Apostles, grindcore from Heresy, pop-punk from Dan and novelty-folk from Attila the Stockbroker.
Unlike other compilations of the eighties, say, Punk and Disorderly, We Won't Be Your Fucking Poor or even Underground Rockers, this compilation shows a UK punk scene in transformation. If, back in 1987, you listened to punk but were indifferent to speed-metal, you not only knew a lot of these bands but you also probably wanted to know why they left off The Joyce McKinney Experience.
A1 Nick Toczek – Noo Yawk Squawk / Sheer Funk
A2 Culture Shock – Catching Flies
A3 Anhrefn – Nefoedd Un, Uffern Llall
A4 Dan – Best Of Families
A5 The Neurotics– Never Hold Your Tongue
A6 Zounds – Demystification
B1 Attila The Stockbroker – Libyan Students From Hell
B2 Karma Sutra – Let Them Eat Somozas
B3 Some Weird Sin – God Bless America
B4 Instigators – Eye To Eye
B5 Heresy – Flowers In Concrete
B6 Heresy – Cornered Rat
B7 The Apostles – Inner Space
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