Snuff - Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other 1986-2002
(Fat Wreck Chords)

There's something a bit special about Snuff.

In the late 80s I must've seen them in every London toilet venue going, normally with Drive or Senseless Things or Mega City 4 or any of the other touraholics of the time, but they never disappointed (well it was normally two quid to get in, so beggars can't be choosers). Fast, fun and always entertaining, Snuff were punk pop English style before a bunch of American pansies with skateboards came along and claimed the term for themselves.

Not that those bleach-haired, fashionable little Herberts did them much harm - quite the opposite. After years of English obscurity Snuff ended up signed to the terribly hip (back then) Fat Wreck, and hobnobbing with the likes of NOFX and Less Than Jake, generally doing things you wouldn't expect from 40-year-old cockney wankers.

This 50-track best of compilation covers all the bases up to 2002, showing the sheer brilliance of their songwriting - especially the early classics from "Snuff Said…" like "Not Listening" and "Win Some Lose Some" - their inspired choice of covers like "Soul Limbo" "I Think We're Alone Now" and the "Likely Lads" theme, through to the pure, unadulterated, drunken joy of "Arsehole".

If you want a bridge between the US punk pop of Green Day et al and the screaming noise of old school 70s UK spit and tartan, look no further. Snuff were, are and always will be fucking great, and they have the second best singing drummer in the whole wide world (after Phil Collins of course).

Chris Marling

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