Wanna Buy a Bridge?

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Wanna Buy a Bridge?
Compilation album by
Various artists
LabelRough Trade

Wanna Buy a Bridge? is a 1980 compilation album released by Rough Trade Records, a British record label, in the United States. The album was intended to showcase Rough Trade's lineup to an American audience. The album comprises 14 singles by various Rough Trade artists.[1]


In 2013, Tal Rosenberg wrote in Chicago Reader that Wanna Buy a Bridge? "...is probably best known as one of the finest, if not the finest, collection of British postpunk music."[2] AllMusic's Todd Kristel gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars, concluding that "Overall this may be the best single-album collection assembled of post-punk music."[3] Another favorable review of the album was written by Robert Christgau, who gave it an A and called it "superb".[4]

Mark Richardson of Pitchfork later described the album as a key example of "label comps actually [becoming] classics in their own right:" "I've never heard Wanna Buy a Bridge?, but the fact that I've heard of it, 23 years after its release, speaks to its classic status."[5]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Robert ChristgauA[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."Alternative Ulster"Stiff Little Fingers2:43
2."Mind Your Own Business"Delta 53:45
3."Man Next Door"The Slits3:35
4."Aerosol Burns"Essential Logic2:50
5."Part Time Punks"Television Personalities2:36
6."Read About Seymour"Swell Maps1:27
7."We Are All Prostitutes"The Pop Group3:11
8."Soldier Soldier"Spizzenergi3:48
9."Ain't You"Kleenex3:02
10."Nag Nag Nag"Cabaret Voltaire4:32
11."In Love"The Raincoats3:11
12."Final Day"Young Marble Giants1:20
13."Skank Bloc Bologna"Scritti Politti5:54
14."At Last I Am Free"Robert Wyatt3:20


  1. ^ mmatos (26 July 2007). "Hey, Kid–Wanna Buy The Best Post-Punk Comp Ever?". Idolator. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Tal (10 December 2013). "12 O'Clock Track: In honor of Rough Trade coming stateside, Young Marble Giants' "Salad Days"". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b Kristel, Todd. "Wanna Buy a Bridge? Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Wanna Buy a Bridge? Review". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  5. ^ Richardson, Mark (8 April 2003). "Various Artists: Wanna Buy a Craprak? Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 May 2017.