HELP US KEEP REPORTING. DONATE TO ORLANDO WEEKLY PRESS CLUB.

Tuesday, April 6, 1999

Review - Postpunk Chronicles

Artist: Various artists

Posted on Tue, Apr 6, 1999 at 4:00 AM

Postpunk Chronicles
Label: Rhino
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Postpunk Chronicles

"Postpunk" is a pretty wobbly term, and the liner notes to the "Postpunk Chronicles" three-CD set don't quite nail it down. Punk, we're told, nearly obliterated "the tyranny of musical technique." Which doesn't explain why most of the groups here have technique to spare -- unless "technique" simply means guitar solos. More to the point, postpunk (or "new wave" ) was rock's return to traditional values after the dead end of pomp rock, art rock, et al. Punk skewered pretension just enough to make musicians too self-conscious to insert a Bach chorale into a pimply mini-opera.

So, rediscovered terseness is the common thread, and it ain't much to hang 48 varied cuts on. Do Throbbing Gristle fans really want to hear Simple Minds? Are Mission of Burma and Thomas Dolby admirers ready to join hands? Well, maybe, now that Iggy Pop and Heaven 17 can be seen as having been cut from the same zeitgeist cloth. But this collection reveals the beginning of the serious Balkanizing of the "rock" audience. Only collectors and rock critics will feel compelled to hear this all the way through.

Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 14, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation