January 19, 1993
Pop/Rock, College Rock, Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk/New Wave, New Wave, British Punk

Album Review

Picking up where the first volume of D.I.Y.: U.K. Punk left off, D.I.Y.: The Modern World: UK Punk II (1977-78) captures the moment when punk began to fracture into post-punk, hardcore, and new wave. There are still some straightforward punk anthems from the Jam ("The Modern World"), the Buzzcocks ("What Do I Get?"), the Rezillos ("[My Baby Does] Good Sculptures"), Generation X ("Wild Youth"), and Stiff Little Fingers ("Alternative Ulster," "Suspect Device"), but the collection finds punk turning dark, noisy, paranoid, and weird through Siouxsie & the Banshees ("Hong Kong Garden"), the Fall ("Bingo Master"), Wire ("I Am the Fly"), X-Ray Spex ("The Day the World Turned Day-Glo"), the Soft Boys ("[I Want to Be An] Angleploise Lamp"), and Magazine ("Shot by Both Sides"). There's also some loutish rock from Sham 69 and 999, but The Modern World on the whole is much more interesting than that. Despite missing a few major figures like the Clash, it is a definitive portrait of the last days of the original British punk movement, and it works both as an introduction and a great, listenable overview.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Modern World
  2. Wild Youth
  3. (My Baby Does) Good Sculptures
  4. Emergency
  5. (There's Gonna Be A) Borstal Breakout
  6. Shot by Both Sides
  7. What Do I Get?
  8. I Am the Fly
  9. The Day the World Turned Day-Glo
  10. Suspect Device
  11. Ain't Got a Clue
  12. (I Want to Be An) Anglepoise Lamp
  13. If the Kids Are United
  14. Action Time Vision
  15. Bingo Master
  16. Alternative Ulster
  17. Hong Kong Garden
  18. Homicide
  19. Ambition