Various - Chainspotting - Australian Punk (Cover Artwork)


Various: Chainspotting - Australian PunkChainspotting - Australian Punk (1998)

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: LunkLunk
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This compilation could be so much more than it is. I don't know if the bands themselves got to choose which of their songs went onto this disk, but if they did, the majority of them must have been off their fucking heads at the time. It breaks down like this: 22 Tracks by 22 different Australian .

This compilation could be so much more than it is. I don't know if the bands themselves got to choose which of their songs went onto this disk, but if they did, the majority of them must have been off their fucking heads at the time.

It breaks down like this: 22 Tracks by 22 different Australian punk bands. Wallet chains were just ending their 5-year stint of popularity, and Trainspotting was still considered a cool alternative movie, hence the awful name.

The first track is by The Living End, who had risen to fame during their time backing up The Offspring in their '96 Aussie tour. I went to the Horden show of that tour and The Living End were shouted off the stage. They sucked then and they suck now. The track they have on this album is a cover of 'Tainted Love'. I'd rather listen to that fool Marilyn Manson do this song than these double-bass wielding try-hard punks. Not a good start to the compilation.

Next is MYC with the song 'Mid Youth Crisis'. This is an awesome track and makes up for The Living End's crapness. It's fast and you will be singing along to it even though you can't understand a word of it. Trust me: "It's a something crisis calling you todaaaaay. blah blah blah spray paint car wash. I got no something and my life is so fucking plaaaaain." Ah yes. Unless you know MYC you'll feel a little miffed here.

Now, track three is Oddball with ‚??doormat'. It's fast and pretty darn good. Never having heard of Oddball before I have no point of reference here, so I don't know how it stands up against their usual stuff.

Track four is everyone's second-favourite sell-outs, Bodyjar. They may have been good at one stage, but that has been erased from memory since their run-in with Pepsi. Okay, the song is bearable, but it's like every other goddamn Bodyjar song (and they ARE all the same), and thus totally un-memorable.

No Reason is up next, with ‚??Saviour Song'. It's extremely formulaic, but wouldn't you know it, I like it. Yes, I even surprise myself on occasion. Kind of slow and amateurish, it still shits all over most of the other tracks on this CD. I have a theory that there are so many punk bands with names beginning with ‚??No' (NUFAN, No Use, No Fun At All etc.) because they all want to be near NOFX on alphabetically sorted record store shelves.

Bantha Fodder bring up position 6. The song is annoyingly titled ‚??Amphetamarines'. Yes, very clever guys. Want a medal? Pity the song blows. Well, it is okay I guess, in a kind of annoyingly try-hard retro-punk-pop way.

Frenzal Rhomb (these guys are everyone's favouite sellouts, just for the record) come next with ‚??Ship of Beers'. I cannot explain how much I hate this band. They live near me in Erskinville and they piss me off all the time. They are such idiots. There was a time when they ruled the Aussie punk scene with (amongst other things) the Home and Away theme. Yes, this was '98, before they had totally disgraced themselves, but dammit, they gave away their crappy car in a commercial music network (channel V) promotion. Nothing can forgive that. Oh, the song is okay, but absolutely TYPICAL, REPETITIVE, and UNORIGINAL frenzal.

Buzzbomb are eighth with ‚??fight or flight'. It's fast, it's manic, and it's quite good, if a little‚?¶ unoriginal shall we say.

Toe to Toe have ninth spot with ‚??Tear it Down'. I'll tell you‚?¶ I have tried to like this band, I really have. But I don't. I don't dislike them, and I can see their music for what it is: fairly original and it fair tears along, without being repetitive. I can't place my finger on it, but it doesn't do it for me. This song is pretty much bog standard TTT.

Caustic Soda are tenth with "Like a Day". I'll tell you what, these guys ruled my world for about six months. They have the sort of instant-accessibility which many bands envy. Unfortunately, it also means they don't stay interesting for long. This song is fairly typical of their body of work. It never retains the same beat for more than 15 seconds. It has the feel of twelve short songs stuck together (like NOFX's ‚??Remnants' but not as good). The slow bits should be annoying, but they work. Overall, it's quite good, and one of the picks of the CD.

Game Over are 11th with ‚??Sci Fi'. This song sounds like it was a joint-venture between One Dollar Short and Bodyjar. If that appeals to you shoot yourself now.

Twelfth are the gods of comedic punk, NANCY VANDAL. These guys were brilliant in their day. This track ‚??Bikini High Pool Party Massacre III" is pretty good, but by no means their best song ever (that title goes to ‚??death metal song'). Kind of similar in attitude to most of Machine Gun Fellatio's songs, it's awesomely simple and very catchy.

Track 13 gets the ‚??best song on the CD' award. It's by a band called Blister, and the song is ‚??Windsor Beaver'. It's got good lyrics, and a crackingly rapid beat, combined with great singing and a great overall sound. It's completely derivative, but I like it for what it is.

No Idea (yet another NO band, see?) with ‚??Hey Punk' They have a hard act to follow and they fail miserably. Lyrics like ‚??hey punk: get a haircut' and ‚??suck my dick' are obviously attempts to make them be seen as serious punks. It just makes them look sad.

Mindsnare‚?¶ Well, they could have picked a much better track to put on this CD instead of ‚??What is Mine'. It seems like they don't know exactly what the song is supposed to sound like and so settle for just going fast and confusing everyone. If you are into very hardcore hardcore you'll like it.

180 Discord are 16th with ‚??Black Arts'. It should suck, it has all the pre-requisites, but it manages to come off as one of the better tracks on the CD. It's hardcore with a softer, gentler side. Is there such a thing as pop-hardcore? It doesn't seem to know when to finish though, and meanders towards the end.

Crank offer us ‚??Don't Care' for no. 17. They are like Frenzal should have been. Good. Similar sound but it manages to actually sound like effort was put into it.

Track 18 ‚?? ‚??99 Reasons Why' play ‚??Sheep'. Why is this hardcore ska (what else can I call it) bastard hybrid on this CD? Piss off and go back up the Porkers.

Crettins Puddle, ‚??See Your Smile' is next. Despite being unable to spell, the members of this band manage to write good (well, sorta) songs. Very cali-punk offering here. Fast but poppy. Like One Dollar Short before they turned to liquid shit.

Dogbuoy are 20th with ‚??Youbgod'. Ummm‚?¶ it's rap-punk. Ummm‚?¶ they have decks. Ummm‚?¶ they blow.

Beer-Goggles leads us back from that odd detour with a fast little number called ‚??I Love You Beer'. It's understated to begin with, with heavy bass and very punk vocals. It dips in and out of slightly poppy cali-punk bits, but holds together nicely. It gets runner up.

The CD finished with an insane fast deranged song called ‚??Sir' by No Grace (that's the third NO band, see?). It goes for about 30 seconds and is pretty good while it lasts, but is ultimately a poor choice for final song.

So, what does all this mean? Is the CD good or isn't it? Well, in my opinion you get ten or so sub-standard tracks, about 7 average ones, and only five good ones. Is this a good buy? Well, if you only got the 12 un-shit ones, then yes. Even though it retails for an average of 20-23 bucks, it's still worth it to get a slice of the Aussie punk scene from four years ago. All the major players are there, despite some poor track choices. As an advertisement for Aussie punk it fails because there is so much shit in there, but it does show diversity. I was going to give it a 6, but I think it JUST scrapes in for a 7. And I'm being nice.


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Anonymous (June 12, 2005)

Hey idiot who wrote the lisiting on the email.

The boys in Crettins Puddle do know how to spell. The Cretin was mis-spelt on purpose to accentuate its meaning.

Well dome for picking this up. Maybe you aren't as big a cretin as I think you are.

Find out what Crettins Puddle means and I will be really impressed (I know what it means, I played drums in the band).

See ya.

Anonymous (October 30, 2003)

Lunk you are a dickhead moite!


Lunk (August 16, 2002)

"his life was full of this hate and pain and rage/ how could we be so cruel at such a tender age/ now who is to blame for the lives that are now lost/ now we can see how much our words and our actions cost"
-Justifiable, OIP

Fuck they were an awesome group...
Do you have 'ignorant bliss' punky?

punky (August 16, 2002)

'a hit or a fix or a X on the hand,
just something to give you a purpose and, a character , a character to play'
MYC-Mid youth crisis...great lyrics.

Lunk (August 12, 2002)

would a 30 page review be more to your liking oh wise one? i guess anyone who has a different opinion (yes, even 'negative') must be wrong by default. The fact that i topped my year in research methods means nothing i guess. all those wasted months...

i was completely objective in this review. even when i said i hated a band i still assessed the song in question as a seperate entity. Even when i said i liked the band, i still told you if i didn't like the particular song.

Not everyone thinks like you. it's time to recognise this fact and deal with it.

igloo (August 12, 2002)

geez, how negative can a review be? are there any oz punk/hardcore bands that you actually like, or do they all suck once they become popular?
with that piece-of-shit review, i wonder how the hell they let you in to university with your lack of analytical skills and inability to effectively criticise.
this review is a joke!

Anonymous (August 10, 2002)

Toe to Toe and No Grace are the best bands on this CD the No Grace song altough old is one of the better ones on their first EP. The toe to toe song is fuckin sweet with the phrase your sexist, racist, homophobic ringing clear. The living end song is not bad also this cover is well pulled off.

punky (August 9, 2002)

martin, frenzal rhomb are the real sell outs, not bands like blink 182.I never saw any blink members wearing 'Class war' shirts.I never saw blinks cd cover with destroyed McDonalds then going to ARIA's in suits which was sponsored by McDonalds.

Lunk (August 9, 2002)

i think the rego was due and they couldn't make the payments. ha ha. fools. it was a shitbox anyway. who kicks a founding memeber out of a band anyway? what kind of fucked up shit is that?

martin (August 9, 2002)

You need to stop being such a whinging little bugger. Honestly, are u the god of punk "they gave away their car ona commercial radio show" - who cares

waste_elite (August 9, 2002)

so is trainspotting!

waste_elite (August 9, 2002)

chain wallets are still cool!

evildeadalive (August 9, 2002)

I like the Living End.... haven't heard that song though, and have no desire to either.

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

ok, stay with me...
The best band to ever come out of Aus. was AC/DC, they had the song TNT, Dropkick Murphy's redo TNT live, they're on Hellcat records, which Tim & lars from Rancid run, rancid is on epitaph records which is 51% owned by warner bros (i think anyway)

Lunk (August 9, 2002)

also to the first post: i am entitled to my opinion, mate, and i'm with punky on this one. popular or not, shit bands are shit bands. I actually like a fair number of the bands on this CD, but as i said in the review, for the most part the track selection is shit.

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

To the first post, Why would he move to another country cause he doesn't like some Australian punk bands...Sounds like a good plan.

punky (August 9, 2002)

Game over have some good songs, whiile any MYC song is a good song.TTT are a great band too.
I hate frenzal and bodyjar and living end.Not because they are popular, but just because i hate their music.

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

Why live in Australia? You obviously hate almost all the bands mentioned and don't really take time to listen to them.

I have this and think it's pretty good. Frenzal Rhomb, Gameover, Dogbuoy, etc are much better than you give them credit for.

Grow up.

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