MXPX - Pokinatcha (Cover Artwork)


MXPX: PokinatchaPokinatcha (1994)
Tooth & Nail Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5
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Contributed by: HueyHuey
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I'm quite aware that this album has already been reviewed, but I was looking through the list of reviews I have written for this site, and they have all been positive. So, it is time to do a negative review, and I figured my first would be dedicated to MXPX's debut album, Pokinatcha. I purchased.
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I'm quite aware that this album has already been reviewed, but I was looking through the list of reviews I have written for this site, and they have all been positive. So, it is time to do a negative review, and I figured my first would be dedicated to MXPX's debut album, Pokinatcha.

I purchased this album about two years ago, when I was heavily into pop punk. I'm glad those days are gone, as I have been able to open myself up to more diverse and intelligent bands. When you think of the words Christian punk, two things come to my mind. As for labels, its Tooth & Nail, the epitomy of Christian punk, cry baby, etc labels. As far as bands, its MXPX, which blends pop melodies, punk influence, and their love for the man up top.

I don't want to get religious, but personally, I'm not religious at all. I'm not anti religion, nor am I anti Christian, but you must understand that I come from a town that is basically dominated by born-again Christian conservatives, and its not fun for a struggling liberal like myself. I hate this town. I don't enjoy organized religion. I don't enjoy christian punk. I'm moving far away someday. Yes, I am.

Pokinatcha is MXPX's first, and most raw album, released all the way back in 1994. This is your basic three chord "I miss you baby" shit, just in an angry tone. The recording is awful, and not the kind of awful that adds to the recording, and makes it sound "cool." This is the kind of awful that makes the words, chords, and the music in general incredibly hard to decipher and enjoy.

In general, I don't find this album to be creative by any means. I find Mike, the lead singer's voice, to be quite annoying. Musically wise, things aren't that better. Lyrically, I just don't feel floored by this record. "Would you like some asprin for your bad hair day." No, sorry, I'm just not buying into this. I've written better songs than that, sorry. Maybe if you are looking for simple to listen to, this would be easier for you to accept. Everything seems repetitive, and the songs sound the same! I guess this just isn't for me.

"Punk-wise," this is the closest MXPX ever got to it. After this one, yeah, the sound improved, but I mean, now this band just annoys me more with their radio friendly / see you at the show / i miss you / go god / awful generic sound. However, I must say that I do agree that the band has improved since their debut album, but I still do not like them. I despised this album so greatly that I sold it to some kid for five bucks a couple months ago.

This just isn't up my alley. I'm sure some of you kids dig it, but I do not. That is my view, and I'm going to stick with it To be honest, I think this band is a joke. It angers me that they are making piles of money, while bands with actual talent are on the road in their van every night struggling to make it by. The world is unfair kids. This is definitely not for me, but it could be for you. It all depends on your preference, and I guess that's what matters at the end of the day.


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Keithy_19 (March 27, 2009)

Mxpx got me into punk. The lyrics are written through the perspective of a kid in high school which makes sense since they were in high school. God is a touchy issue and some people who are overbearing with it do suck. Just like some people who are so against the idea of God can be overbearing. With that being said you shouldn't let that one factor keep you from appreciating a band who has inspired so many and is pretty big in punk.

Also, they deserve the money they get. They toured in vans. They played the shitty clubs. They worked to be where they are today.

Anonymous (April 28, 2004)

yea the recording is not that great... big deal? you have to start from somewhere and it was their first album... not to mention that they were still like 15 or 16. Besides, they got better. and they might not be the poorest band out there, but they definetly don't make "piles of money." but thats ok if they did, like the guy that posted below me said. they've worked hard enough. and anyway you look at it, they are still better off than you are now. so quit bitching. this review wouldn't have been so bad if it were unbiased.

Anonymous (October 22, 2003)

Hey if you dont like the band then just keep your opinions to yourself okay? And if your going to be trash talking on the internet then i think you have a little issue. Im sorry to say this but come on people fighting over the internet whats the use of that, to look cool?

Anonymous (September 16, 2003)

Fighting over the internet is like competing in the special olympics... Even if you win your still retarded.

With that said the only really complaint i have is that the reviewer just kind of made stuff up. MXPX is not rich. And even if they were? hell they have worked for it unlike good charlotte who just popped there asses out of nowhere and decided to become mtv whores

Anonymous (August 20, 2003)

You truly are an idiot and an asshole. Mxpx has worken so hard to get where they are today, harder than you can ever imagine. THEY ARE NOT RICH AT ALL, like you claim (although you dont know them at all). How can a band that has only had one gold album in their 11 year career be rich? Idiot. They tour ALL THE TIME and have never gotten any breaks for anything. And by the way, they still travel in a van. You really dont know a single thing about mxpx, you're just making shit up.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

Well Personally I hate god. i fucking despise jesus. and i fucking despise MXPX too. and conservatives. how about that. we're getting a little trend going.
Dan (who is clearly insulted by the level of conversation of these replies. sponsered by drum companies? c'mon you twat, that was just weak)

cawknocker (July 18, 2002)

who the fuck gave u 5 bux for this!!! this album is shit. i used to like mxpx too int he old days of not knowing any poppunk bands but blink and greenday. they were one of the frist i got into, and i like their later material more, but i just can't listen to it anymore. it was different in 97 though. i liked it then. fuck this shit

Anonymous (July 18, 2002)

I care too, dammit!

waste_elite (July 17, 2002)

i care

Anonymous (July 17, 2002)

I just think the comment about wearing a Bad Religion cross shirt at Cornerstone is funny because I've been there semi-regularly for 7 years now and every year I see at least one person wearing one. Nobody cares.

delerium_trigger (July 17, 2002)

how convienent then that mxpx plays down the similiar vein as both blink and nfg, huh? fucking little troll.

Anonymous (July 16, 2002)

yo dude: you r gay.
i am a big mxpx fan, have been for 4 years. yeah this album ain't so hot, it sounds messed up and the distortion they used really sucks but they got better cd's than that. Teenage Politics is a real cool cd with some good punk lyrics and politics. Life in General you can hear it getting more poppy but it still rocks. After that they kinda go downhill. Slowly Going the Way Of The Buffallo has some good songs. Same with Let it Happen. Live At The Show is a good live cd and The Ever Passing Moment just plain sucks, except for Responsability. If you hate them so much then you should buy Ten Years And Running: their greatest hits album. It got all the cool songs. If after that you still don't like em then you is really gay and have no tastes. As it is you probably listen to Blink and NFG. poser.
-boba fett

Anonymous (July 16, 2002)

i don't listen to much christian music but there are a few decent bands out there. Stairwell and Two thirty eight are both great bands, if you like bands like taking back sunday. See, there is alot of punk rock that sucks. It is just that since 'christian' punk rock is not as prevelant, more 'christian' bands get signed because they have the option of being on a christian label. That is why you hear so much crappy 'christian' punk rock. So it is much more accessible than your average local band that sucks.

Anonymous (July 16, 2002)

First off, I think HUEY wrote all this nonsense because HUEY wanted a big response. It makes a lonely person feel good doesn't it. Almost like someone was actually speaking to you. If MXPX says 'hey god' they become preachy christians. Does that make bands like pennywise and anti flag who say 'overthrow the government, f*** America' terrorists. That seems like quite a feasable analogy. MXPX doesnt mention God 1/4 as much as those bands mention politics and other dumb crap like that. you don't hear these bands being called terrorists. I do like pennywise though. Back to the album, it is their worst to date. And talent, Yuri is sponsered by Pork Pie, paiste and Vic firth (or a similar company). You should come back here and tell us about all the companies that sponser you because you are good. (Pentium, Lazy boy, Doritos) Oh yeah that's right. I forgot about all those great songs you've written. What record label are you on again. Fantasy records. Or is it 'Hey I'm an arrogant jerk with a bad taste in my mouth because my mommy and daddy are to conservative for me' records. The songs sound the same too. How odd to hear of that on a 'punk' record. I thought all punk bands sounded different. My bad i guess. It is good to know that the world is unfair though. You are probably going to get walked all over your whole life w/ a liberal attitude like that. Not to mention your opinions probably don't make you alot of friends or matter. Oh yeah, Star Wick from OZMA is a christian, does that make OZMA another 'hey god' band. I'm sure the song, 'if my amp had wheels' has a deeper meening. haha LONG LIVE FREE SPEECH.

Anonymous (July 16, 2002)

I think the reviewer really just wanted to start some shit on his review because basically nobody bashed his views... except me but all i said was i disagree with your standpoint on the conservatives in your town. You make it sound like all conservatives are bad and thats just not true... I also said to disregard my comment/opinion about the whole liberal conservative thing... but you had to make a comment anyway... nobody wants to argue with you... MXPX just isnt important enough.

waste_elite (July 16, 2002)

i'd like to go to cornerstone wearing the bad religion crossbuster shirt.

shits and giggles

waste_elite (July 16, 2002)

christian punk is a fucking joke but mxpx has a few decent songs.

lockdown59 (July 15, 2002)

They don't do anything christian anymore.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

No, it is bad.

Vien (July 15, 2002)

Mxpx does in fact play some pretty amazing shows. Every time I see them, they just get better and more exciting to watch. Mxpx are still one of the few pop punk bands I respect from the first day I heard them 6 years ago and to today. Even though I hardly listen to them at anymore, I'd still go see them live and play those old hits that I enjoyed. They still got alot of years ahead of them.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

there are a couple of decent songs on this album. but nothing really any good.

still, mxpx has been and still is my favorite band. i dont listen to much pop-punk anymore but their later stuff is better than most of the rest of it out there. but before classifying a band, think of it this way....mxpx has been taking crap since day 1 for being christian from the anti-religous types, and taking they have also heard crap from christians for not preaching enough. i saw them a few weeks back at a christian festival (cornerstone), they put on an awesome show, hardly said a word about god in front of 20,000 christians (talk about not giving into pressure), played a decent amount of old stuff (unlike most major label pop-punk bands right now), and brought out a guest singer and guitar player to do a pretty awesome social d cover. this was on their warped tour day off. ive seen em 6 times and that was the best one seen so far. that's why i respect them. they do what they want, and frankly they do it pretty well next to allot of the similar bands out there who think that jumping in unison makes a band.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

A ten year-old band who's debut (full-length) doesn't suck: Green Day. "1,039/Smoothed out Slappy Hours" is quite the album. Granted, it consists mainly of re-recorded tracks from their EP's, it's an amazing album.

delerium_trigger (July 15, 2002)

mxpx sucks dick, even for reverend rock.

Huey (July 15, 2002)

Thanks evildeadalive.

evildeadalive (July 15, 2002)

I liked your review Huey.
I'd have to say the only MXPX album that I actually listen to is Let It Happen. All the rest are total crap.
Oh yeah, and that Responsibility song is the crap crappity-crap crapiest song I have ever heard.

Huey (July 15, 2002)

I think I have the right to comment about the whole religious aspect of this band since it obviously plays a large role, and besides, I was just adding my own personal commentary, as I was trying to allow you to understand what angle I was coming from with this one. The review would have been completely boring and un-entertaining if I hadn't contributed my true opinion of the band and record. So, I gave my complete two cents, and I have no regrets about it. I wasn't trying to pick an argument. However, I was expecting a semi-large backlash to this review. I never said Christians suck. Whoever accused me of that completely mis-interpreted my review. You kids just have to go and pick everything apart and dissect it to the bone. What great critics you are. There are a number of ways I could have written my review, and if you have a problem with the one I chose, then that is fine. You are entitled to that, but don't call me a "moron" or a "bigot" when you obviously had no idea what I was trying to say, or you completely misunderstood what I was attempting to write. Go outside. It's nice out.

SOYBOMB (July 15, 2002)

All I remember is "Responsibility.. Whats that? Responsibility not quite yet, (?????) I don't wanna think about it.." and that completely drove me away from this band.

Ah well..


Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

Got to agree... I dont really like MXPX all that much. I find them to bore me a lot of the time. Although their cover of "KKK took my baby away"... simply amazing. I bought life in general when it was like 4.99 at best buy and thought, ok Ill give it a try. I found about 3 songs on it I liked and the rest just had to be skipped over. Of course I dont like this album as much as I "liked" life in general. I do have to agree with our commentors about how his opinion on the religious belief of the band shouldnt have anything to do with his review of the record. Being concervative also isnt neccesarily a bad thing... I know its all punk to be a liberal but I think that there are too many of you shitting on us conservatives wrongfully. Anyway, thats just my 2 cents disregard it and keep commenting on the album.-pat41

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

I thought reviewers were supposed to be objective. I thought they were supposed to write reviews based on things that actually matter, which does not include the reviewers religious beliefs, musical tastes, or bad attitudes.

For the record, yes, the recording sucks, and yes, the originality isn't there. However, if you take the genre as a whole... nothing that is 'punk' now is original. There are thousands upon thousands of 'punk' bands that all sound the same, all use the same hurried drumming and low-quality guitar playing. Granted, there are those who actually have talent and creativity, but they still sound the same.

Playing 'punk' or 'pop punk' is not about being the most creative, or having the most talent, or even making the most money (which this reviewer believes is oh-so-important). It's about getting up on stage, ripping away at your instruments, complaining about life, and generally having a fucking good time. If you've ever been to an MxPx show, you know that's exactly what happens.

MxPx was in their mid-late teens when they wrote this record. In recent (and not-so-recent) interviews, they've said themselves that this album sucks ass. So for you (Mr. High and Mighty Review) to sit there and bash a band for all the wrong reasons demonstrates very clearly your mindless bigotry and self-adoration.

If you happen to listen to any 10-year-old band's first ever recording, you'll notice how much it sucks too...

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

The reviwer is a total moron.

It seems to me that he picked an album out of the blue just to make a bad review. You're not really concentrating on the album and more on how christians suck. Don't base your review on that fact you idiot.

Oh, and this was their debut album so of course it's not as good a quality as the new albums.

PS I actually like this album.

FatTony (July 15, 2002)

"I'm glad those days are gone, as I have been able to open myself up to more diverse and intelligent bands."

Nice, unbiased review bud. I also like how the reviewer ranted about the town he lives in. I do agree that it's a bad album though, so I suppose it's only fitting for it to have a bad review to go along with it.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

i'd like to hear what you wrote at age 15-16, this album is awesome, its only 8 years old now, i guess it must have taken you a long time to write this, eh lol anyways, everyones entitled to their opinion, i like it, i'd like to hear it re recorded, but i doubt we ever see that happen, thats it

ambiotical_sophisticrat (July 15, 2002)

i hate mxpx, but i dont agree with the "go god" statement. they got kicked off their label cuz they weren't preachy enough.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

no doubt about it this cd is terrible, but really complaining about how they're popular, and other hardworking bands aren't is just stupid, look at 90% of the music you hear on the radio or see on mtv and tell me they deserve to be where they are. quit crying

Vien (July 15, 2002)

It was thier first album, and so alot of thier song writing skills would have been worked on alot more. "Life in General" was obviously one of their best albums, and secretly one of my favorite punk albums of all time. "Shhhhhhhh........"

Anonymous (July 14, 2002)

And then you say that "ive written better songs" bah

Anonymous (July 14, 2002)

Sure mxpx arent that good but i dont think they are "making piles of money". Mxpx isnt that popular.

tgarn (July 14, 2002)

I agree with the reviewer on this one

Wyld_Stallyns_Rule (July 14, 2002)

I whole heartedly disagree. This is probably my favorite mxpx album. You gotta love time brings change. I've been a steady follower for years, and although their new stuff pretty much sucks, they've earned my respect and I'll pick up everything they put out

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