Punks Not Dead

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Punks Not Dead
Studio album by The Exploited
Released April 1981[1]
Genre Oi!,[2] street punk
Length 37:33[3]
Label Secret
Producer Dave Leaper[4]
The Exploited chronology
Punks Not Dead
Troops of Tomorrow
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]

Punks Not Dead is the debut studio album by the Scottish punk rock band The Exploited, released in 1981 on Secret Records.[5] Strongly working class and loyal to the first impulses of the 1976 punk movement, the album was a reaction to critics who believed the genre was dead, and against popular trends such as new wave, hardcore and post-punk.[6] It contains the double A side singles "Army Life/Fuck the Mods" and the later follow up "I Believe in Anarchy". "Army Life" details the experiences of Wattie Buchan when he was a 17 year old squaddie on a tour of duty in Belfast in the late 1970s.

Supported by a tour with the Anti-Nowhere League, the album was a commercial success and is regarded as one of the definitive Oi! albums, and its popularity gave rise to a variety of traditional punk bands including The Business. Punks Not Dead peaked at no 20 on the UK charts in May of that year,[7] gave the band a national following in the United Kingdom and it was the top selling 1981 independent release.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Punks Not Dead" – 1:51
  2. "Mucky Pup" (Puncture cover) – 1:42
  3. "Cop Cars" – 1:52
  4. "Free Flight" – 3:35
  5. "Army Life (Part 2)" – 2:37
  6. "Blown to Bits" – 2:40
  7. "Sex & Violence" – 5:11
Side two
  1. "S.P.G." – 2:07
  2. "Royalty" – 2:07
  3. "Dole Q" – 1:51
  4. "Exploited Barmy Army" – 2:28
  5. "Ripper" – 2:03
  6. "Out of Control" – 2:52
  7. "Son of a Copper" – 2:39
  8. "I Believe in Anarchy" – 2:03
  9. "Dogs of War" – 1:36
  10. "What You Gonna Do" – 2:17

Captain Oi! re-release[edit]

The Captain Oi! re-release (2001) includes The Exploited's contribution to Oi! The Album compilation and the first four singles (minus "I Believe in Anarchy" from the "Exploited Barmy Army" single) and was mastered by Tim Turan.:[8]

  1. "Daily News" (Oi! The Album version)
  2. "I Still Believe in Anarchy" (Oi! The Album version)
  3. "Army Life" (single version)
  4. "Fuck the Mods" ("Army Life" single)
  5. "Crashed Out" ("Army Life" single)
  6. "Exploited Barmy Army" (single version)
  7. "What You Gonna Do" ("Exploited Barmy Army" single)
  8. "Dogs of War" ("Dogs of War" single)
  9. "Blown to Bits (Live)" ("Dogs of War" single)
  10. "Dead Cities" ("Dead Cities" single)
  11. "Hitler's in the Charts Again" ("Dead Cities" single)
  12. "Class War" ("Dead Cities" single)

All songs written by The Exploited except "Mucky Pup" (by Puncture).[5]



  1. ^ http://www.reocities.com/SunsetStrip/Alley/5763/singles.htm
  2. ^ "Exploited Punk's Not Dead (Limited Edition Red Vinyl LP)". Music Direct. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. "Punks Not Dead - The Exploited". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/punks-not-dead-mw0000317297/credits
  5. ^ a b http://www.discogs.com/Exploited-Punks-Not-Dead/release/1096478
  6. ^ a b Hess Mickey. Is Hip Hop Dead?: The Past, Present, and Future of America's Most Wanted Music. Praeger Publishers, 2007. pg 165. ISBN 0-275-99461-9.
  7. ^ Buckley, Peter. The Rough Guide to Rock. London: Rough Guides Ltd, 2003. pg 350. ISBN 1-84353-105-4.
  8. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Exploited-Punks-Not-Dead/release/3349386