Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My punk rock collection Part 1

I've always loved punk rock music ever since I heard the Ramones and then the Clash. Owning a punk rock record back when I was growing up was being subversive. My heavy metal records were fine -- I guess -- but my folks frowned upon my punk rock albums. The first record I ever got was "The Best of Punk and New Wave Rock Volume 1". Having the Sex Pistol's "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" was like keeping porn magazines or betamax tapes. I followed that up with "Sid Sings" the solo album of Sex Pistols' bassist, Sid Vicious. My first Ramones album, ironic since they were the first ones I heard, was the Phil Spector-produced "End of the Century" that remains a favorite to this day.

Then I was able to get all the albums of Los Angeles band, X. They too, remain a massive favorite to this day.

Then I got a lot of the local Twisted Red Cross cassettes that I only lost later to Typhoon Ondoy. 

My next punk phase was after I discovered Rancid in the 1990s. It was then I picked up the CDs (pictured above) while working at Virgin Records in Times Square.

I don't have a huge punk rock collection but they are special and I treasure them. The records, cassettes, and compact discs in my collection have always been some of my favorites. 

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