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This 21-track roundup showcases every A-side, B-side, and EP track released by the Essex growlers, beginning with the two cuts that debuted them (alongside Dead Man's Shadow) on the Heathrow Touchdown EP in November of 1981. From there, the CD swings into the foreboding roar of "Suicide Bag" (and its chilling B-side, a tribute to hometown Stanwell) and on through the indie hits "London Bouncers," "Question of Choice," and "Yet Another Dole Queue Song," before bidding farewell with the band's final 45, "Cocktail Credibility." In between times, their takes on "Rockaway Beach" and Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll, Pt. 2" pinpoint the musical influences that fired not only !Action Pact! but the U.K. Oi! movement in its entirety and, though some of the political sentiments seem impossibly naïve today, there's still a fury to the commitment that renders this collection an essential acquisition.


Formed: 1981 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

One of the more abrasive early-'80s British punk-pop groups, thanks in large part to the siren shrieks of lead vocalist George Cheex (actually a female), !Action Pact! released only two albums before being cast to the winds during the decline of outrageous punk bands during the mid-'80s. The group was originally formed as the Bad Samaritans, which, when re-formed in 1981, included vocalist Cheex, bassist Kim Igoe (a male), guitarist Wild Planet and drummer Joe Fungus. After renaming themselves, the...
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