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Album Review

A glorious collection that rounds up the very best of Rubella Ballet's mid-'80s output: a reminder to us all just how badly we needed the band at that time. England in general and punk in particular had turned a humorless gray by then, but you'd not have known that from catching sight of the Ballet, dressed up like the Sweet after a night out with Jackson Pollock, and sounding as savagely colorful as that description demands. Two full LPs, 1985's If and 1990's At the End of the Rainbow are included here, together with the singles "Arctic Flowers" and "42f," and the full 20-song feast is simply a riot of fun, hitting more highlights than most bands manage in their entire career, and dismissing, too, the popularly held belief that anarchopunk needed to be bad tempered to make its mark. This is the second anthology to emerge from the Rubella archive; Overground also covered the early years with Anarchy in the U.V. Taken together, they make the entire '80s seem a far happier place.


Formed: 1979

Genre: Alternative

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Formed in the summer of 1979, the first stable line-up of this UK punk band comprised Zillah Minx (b. 31 March 1961, Birkenhead, Merseyside, England; vocals), Sid Attion (b. 18 April 1960, Sutton Coldfield, England; drums), Pete Fender (ex-Honey Bane; Fatal Microbes; guitar), and several bass players. Other early members included Annie Anxiety, Womble, Colin (Flux Of Pink Indians) and the strangely named ‘It’. Anxiety was to be the singer, but when she dropped out, drummer Sid, who would also work...
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