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Swedish provinces in the late seventies offered limited options for the young and restless. Others felt they had no choice but to play the new rock´n´roll-music at high speed. And to start a band with a silly name. This oddball bunch of childhood friends called themselves Traste & Superstararna (Trush & the Superstarlings.) When punk finally arrived, it was just the kind of fuel the group needed to get out of their wooden shoes and asskick a frantic mix where Jonathan Richman meets The Undertones on Eddie Cochran’s porch. The minute the minor hit single “Pengar” (Money) hit the streets, they were dubbed hometown heroes. During four furious years TSS travelled the middle region of Sweden collecting a trail of devoted fans. When evening paper-guru Mats Olsson (John Peel-status here) baptized “Pengar” (a spiteful attack on rich man’s-attitudes) as “single of the year-1979”, it looked like the boys just could make it big. But maybe the nation wasn´t ready for digesting “fast pop” (as they insisted on calling their music) at a larger scale. Now it´s a pleasure to hear that none of the 14 songs on this new (and first) compilation has lost much speed or urgency.