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Standard Issue, Vol. II (88-94)


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The follow-up, of course, to the earlier Standard Issue: Singles Compiled compilation, but with less emphasis on the band's singles output (which had, in any case, slowed to a trickle), Standard Issue, Vol. 2: '88-'94 rounds up six years of Conflict, and then gives them a tight Colin Jerwood remix. The subtitled suggestion that the set covers the years 1988-1994 is misleading — the opening cuts, after all, date from 1986's The Ungovernable Force, while the same year's Only Stupid Bastards Help EMI and 1987's Turning Rebellion into Money live albums also get a look in. From there, it's a relatively straightforward cherrypicking of highlights from Final Conflict, Against All Odds, Conclusion and It's Time to See Who's Who, a parade that certainly reflects one possible "best-of" Conflict, although it's not necessarily one that everyone would all agree with — Standard Issue: Singles Compiled, with its tight focus on 45s, is a far more cohesive set, both thematically and musically, while Standard Issue, Vol. 2: '88-'94 is probably best left for Conflict newcomers only.


Formed: 1981 in England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Anarchy in the U.K., indeed — such was the ultimate goal for the fiercely political British punk band Conflict, a group fueled by its hatred of Thatcher's England, the media, the military, and the general status quo of late 20th century life. Conflict played its first gig in 1981 led by vocalist Colin Jerwood, who would remain one of the group's few constants throughout its fluid existence. Much more permanent was the group's political agenda, which was already firmly ensconced by the release...
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