One Way System
Few could have expected this band to return to the studio in 1997, but the album that resulted from it, Waiting for Zero, was a blast from the past showing One Way System in full possession of their powers. They first came along in the early 1980s at a time when the press had already turned their back on Punk, pronouncing it dead. They were wrong, of course: Punk's rejection and suppression proved to be a much-needed shot in the arm to second-generation upstarts like One Way System. Hitting their stride with the 1983 single "Give Us a Future," few Punk bands have ever sounded so vital. Loftier production values had begun to creep into the Punk recording ethic, and this lent the band a sonorous density that somehow didn't compromise its aggression. On their two classic albums of the '80s, All Systems Go and Writing On The Wall, One Way System sound like the Punk version of Boston. No note stands alone and naked; they're all drawn together into heroic unisons which simply demand that listeners shout and move along. Only problem is, they play so well that most punkers are content to simply flip the record and let the band's political causes rot.