Various - Warped Tour 2002 Compilation (Cover Artwork)


Various: Warped Tour 2002 CompilationWarped Tour 2002 Compilation (2002)
Side One Dummy Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: adamAdam
(others by this writer | submit your own)

Just as a concept, despite whatever songs are on here, Side One Dummy needs to be commended on this release. Offering 50 songs, two CDs, for the price of a sampler compilation is a simple yet great idea. It's a great value even if half the bands don't thrill you. However, this is not a great rel.

Just as a concept, despite whatever songs are on here, Side One Dummy needs to be commended on this release. Offering 50 songs, two CDs, for the price of a sampler compilation is a simple yet great idea. It's a great value even if half the bands don't thrill you.

However, this is not a great release for me... If you're like myself then you've been bopping about the punk scene for long enough that you've found your footing. You have your biases, sounds you like, sounds you hate and directions you're exploring. If you're like myself then all this compilation is going to do is reinforce your opinions. As I worked my way through the two-plus hours of music here, I found myself loving the tracks by the bands I'm into and loathing the stuff I consider derivative or trendy. I'll assume, if you're like me, this will happen for you too‚?¶

However this album wasn't made for us, so we can't judge it that way. This album is absolutely phenomenal for someone who's just getting into punk rock. They don't want jaded scensters shoving their opinions at them on which bands are worth listening too. For anyone who's only been in the scene for a few years, still wanting catchy tracks from their favorite bands and a good deal more to explore, this is the compilation to get. There's a great deal to explore here too, when bands like From Autumn To Ashes share the stage with bands like Ozma.

So I'm not going to get into how one of NOFX's rushed "Surfer" tracks manages to sound better than all of the other bands playing NOFX-style punk. I'll leave my opinions out on how I find a great tune by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones infinitely more enjoyable then Thursday's heavy-handed screaming. I wont sing the praises of The Lawrence Arms, Flogging Molly, Glassjaw or others. I won't mention the fantastic new Dag Nasty track or the highly anticipated new Lagwagon song. 

What I will do is give this compilation to my younger brother. He's just becoming interested in music and needs to make his opinions for himself. He'll go to his first Warped Tour this year and for someone like him this release can't be missed. Since Side One seems intent releasing a better and better Warped comp each year, I'm looking forward to how they'll top this.


People who liked this also liked:
Les Breastfeeders - Les Matins de Grands SoirsMilky Ways - Milky WaysToys That Kill - Shanked!The Undertones - The UndertonesThe Deadly Snakes - Porcella -or- A Bird in the Hand Is Worthless [12 inch, double LP]Green Day - WarningBouncing Souls - The Gold RecordThe Marked Men - Fix My BrainTeenage Bottlerocket - TotalBouncing Souls - Hopeless Romantic

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
punkboy_1 (November 14, 2002)

50 songs for 7 dolla. thats a deal. a lot of awesome songs and a lot of filler but its still good. flogging molly is my favorite. why is sum 41 on here, they weren't on the tour, and good charlotte sux my wanger.

Anonymous (July 25, 2002)

"Not a hardcore band in the whole bunch."

??? Murphy's Law, Kill Your Idols, Breathe In, Throwdown... plus metalcore type stuff... avenged sevenfold and from autumn to ashes ??

Anonymous (July 22, 2002)

why does every one hate Anti-flag?

Anonymous (July 21, 2002)

I go to one of the richest schools in my state. But the system is different in Australia anyway, so it doesnt count for as much. I'm happy though, Im getting a good education. I'm sure the education that the guys in anti flag got at that school helped them become more aware of the shit they sing about and is probably half the reason they got into this shit in the first place. A lot of ppl on this site seem to be against the whole 'rich punks' thing, but when it all comes down to it, it wasn't anti flag's money, it was their respective parents'. They left school and made it on their own in a punk band, and you all know how much money punk bands that are just starting out get, even the more prominent ones ore earning jack shit in comparison to what a whole lot of my friends parents are getting. I'm sure the situation's the same in the states. anyway, just a little rant of mine.

cawknocker (July 18, 2002)

and i'm from pittsburgh.....and anti flag always has and will suck, especially b4 fat. they went to the richest school in the south hills of pittsburgh too for all u 'punks'.

cawknocker (July 18, 2002)

alright, for a comp this is pretty bomb. its about 7 bux, 5 at the tour for 50 songs. if u like 10 off it thats a pretty good deal. not much hardcore? dude, its a warped tour comp. last i checked over half the bands at it this year are poppunk, and theres usually only about 2 harcore bands there every year anyway, at least mainstage, u get like...snapcase.for those who like the bands, the bosstones song,glassjaw,midtown,swingin utters, finch,NUFAN,tbs,lawrence arms and thursday are some of the best songs off their new releases, if not the best song.that alk3 song is pretty cool, yea its not the best off the new album , but its better than some. a new lagwagon song? bomb. a song off the nofx surfer ep? bomb again. this is a gr8 comp, especially for someone getting into punk, that hasnt heard all these bands. yea thers shit on it but theres def. like 15 or so that kick ass.and it does cover a pretty decent variety of punk.

Anonymous (July 18, 2002)

4 for not enough unreleased stuff. alkaline trio have been my favorite band for about 4 years so having this track on the cd didn't help bring interest. why are sum 41 on this cd?

Anonymous (July 18, 2002)

i don't have this cd for 3 reasons. 1. i am poor. 2.this cd was put together before the tour was finalized, and there's bands on it (like TBS) who aren't playing any of the tour at all. and 3. i am POOR. and dude, no hardcore bands in the whole bunch? throwdown is totally hxc. throwdown and glassjaw are the only bands that make this cd worth buying, IMHO.

Anonymous (July 18, 2002)

Not a hardcore band in the whole bunch.

seek (July 17, 2002)

Perfect way of reviewing this compilation.

Anonymous (July 17, 2002)

Leaving off Anti-Flag was really there only good move.

Anonymous (July 17, 2002)

I can't believe they left Anti-Flag off of the entire thing.

Anonymous (July 17, 2002)

Heh heh, he said Thursday is "the harder stuff".


4131 (July 17, 2002)

Dude, Soybomb. AWK is funny and all but you're acting as if its the greatest thing since indoor plumbing. Christ, you need to stop listening to that so much. I'll compare AWK to drugs. You see, drugs are fun, they make things distorted for a while. But some folks just take too many of them. Some can handle it, some can't. You sir are an Andrew WK junkie and I see this as an intervention. If any other Punknews.org reader would like to join me than maybe you will recognize you have a problem, which is the first step towards healing.

Anonymous (July 16, 2002)

I completely agree with the reviewer. For the experienced scene go-er this isn't the most thrilling album as we've already heard a lot of it and tend to skip through the tracks that aren't of a favored ganre or style (for me, the harder stuff, Thursday, Autumn to Ashes etc.). But at the same time, that's why this is great, for someone getting into music this is a great album. They can listen to a variaty of styles (punk, ska, emo, hardcore) and decide what they like and know what bands they should keep an eye out for.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

yea soybomb wheres wyzo when we need him!! the awk rocks! but anyway this comp is bomb. its cheap, ane evein if theres only 10 songs on it u llike its worth it. as a huge lagwagon fan i got it for the new lagwagon song, plus, as a listener of many of the other bands, the midtown song, swingin utters, thursday and bosstones songs are arguably the best off their respective releases. a live sum41 song is just wrong though. i don't mind them to much...well i might, but fuck they suck more than blink live.whatever, go to the warped tour and stop bithcing about the scene and corporate sponsorhip. people miss teh opportunity that the warped tour is, a day of unity for everyone in the scene, cuz theres somehting there for all of us, plus a fun attitude for the whole day, a great way to support the bands directily by buying at warped itself, cool place ot get free stuff, and get some educated opinions on politics and racisme, vegan stuff from different booths. ignore the teenyboppers that come just ot see nfg or something. have fun. fuck.

SOYBOMB (July 15, 2002)

Good review, but a big thumbs down to the organizers of this Warped Tour compilitation.. They forgot to put an Andrew W.K. Track on this CD.. Yes.. AWK.. The band is playing a few days of Warped.. Damn I wish I could go to Buffalo..


Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

I really liked this cd, though some songs I really don't like (i.e. Throwdown), and some just don't catch me enough to listen to over again. I thought the Bosstones, Finch, NUFAN, Taking Back Sunday, Madcap, Flogging Molly and Autopilot Off songs were very good.

Eddie (July 15, 2002)

I think this is a great CD. Definitely better than last year's, and there's great diversity here. Lotsa hardcore, lotsa punk, and lotsa pop-punk. I guess the only thing I would have prefered is mabye some more ska-punk. Reel Big Fish should have been there with the Bosstones. Also, I'm with everyone on the whole head-liners thing. Where's Bad Religion? Were's New Found Glory? I don't mind bands on here that aren't on the tour, but bands that are on the tour should get a spot here.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

As for a lot of the bands on the tour not being on the comp I noticed a trend that a lot of the bands not featured on the album have new albums coming out soon or are out now (ie. NFG, Reel Big Fish). Of course there is also the new Bosstones track which is also on their new (amazing) album. I dont really like this comp because I feel like a spent $5 on shit that I have already heard. Of course it was still entertaining... I have been meaning to check out more from Taking Back Sunday and this gave me that chance... I love the Thursday track.. even though I own the album (which I dont really like to listen to with the exceptiong of 3 or 4 songs). I never really thought I would like glassjaw but after hearing their song on this comp and the Atticus comp I think I will definitley look into them some more. I reconfirmed my feelings that the guy from the Lawerence Arms has a SHITTY voice and I really dont like that band. I also reconfirmed that From Autumn to Ashes fucking rocks hard. And my biggest confirmation of the entire album... Manic Hispanic has to be one of the, for lack of a better work, "gimmickiest" bands around. So for me this comp did exactly what a comp is supposed to do... introduce new bands to you and make you aware of the ones you do and dont like.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

Where the heck is the Thrice track?!

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

Personally, I found the 2001 Warped Tour Comp (which I was privledged enough to win via mail in and subsequently bought 3-4 copies of it for friends) was one of the best comps I've ever heard and possibly the best punkrock purchase I've made to date. Why, you ask? Every song was 'rare' or unreleased, meaning even though I had found a few of the tracks on the 'net, 90% of them hadn't been heard anywhere else.

I was expecting the same this year and when I saw the 50 tracks I was amazed and ready to piss my pants, but it turns out that EVERY SINGLE SONG by the bands I liked on this album I ahd heard before, and even 80% or so of the songs by bands I didnt like I had heard (example: good charlotte's sappy shit). I'm not really sure how they selected these bands as I'm sure only half at most do the entire warped tour and as was mentioned before, Bad Religion wasn't included. Ah well, you win some you lose some.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

Thursday and From Autumn to Ashes are the only real good bands on this comp. The Flogging Molly song is fun, they always are. Alkaline Trio is good, but this is a shitty song. Same goes with the Lawrence Arms.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

honestly, I think this is a damn good review. You cant possibly touch all the bases with 50 songs but I mean I found it informative enough. Good work.

(everyone bitches about bad reviews, why not commend the good ones)

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

Yeah, this comp is a hard listen. NOFX, Bosstones, Tsunami Bomb, Flogging Molly, Lagwagon, NUFAN, and a few others are great. But it's a hassle skipping through the other stuff (ie like you said, Thursday).

TheOneTrueBill (July 15, 2002)

it isnt a real warped comp if the headliner isnt on it... why the hell was there no bad religion song?

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

Ahaha the Lawrence Arms shouldn't even be on this piece of shit. They got kicked off the damn tour a few years ago for mocking it's wack ass bands, if i'm not mistaken. The only 2 decent bands are the Arms and the Trio --- and of course they picked THE WORST Trio song ever.

Exclusive Streams


Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Managing Editor

Adam White

Contributing Editors

Kira Wisniewski Brittany Strummer Armando Olivas John Flynn Chris Moran John Gentile Mark Little

Copy Editor

Adam Eisenberg Britt Reiser

Podcast Producer

Greg Simpson


Aubin Paul

ISSN 1710-5366

© Copyright 1999-2013 Punknews.org

Terms of Use Privacy Policy Contact Us About Punknews.org

Other Places to Go