Essential chronicle of 1977-81 punk-dub soundclash

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Various Artists – Wild Dub: Dread Meets Punk Rocker

At a time when Radio 4 and Liars are receiving plaudits for the ‘innovation’ of adding dub elements to their sloganeering punk-funk, Wild Dub comes as a helpful reminder that others were doing it over 20 years ago, pulling the same tricks with greater skill and conviction. The obvious choices are present, correct, and as startlingly brilliant as ever (The Clash’s “Bankrobber Dub”, PiL’s “Death Disco”) but the genius of this compilation lies in its unearthing of bass-heavy obscurities such as Killing Joke’s chilling “Turn To Red” and Generation X’s astonishingly good “Wild Dub”. Timeless.