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Various: Punk Goes PopPunk Goes Pop (2002)
Fearless Records

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After Punk Goes Metal, Fearless Records released this creative compilation of (obviously) punk bands covering pop groups. And simply put, it's just fun to listen to these songs. The best songs follow the formula of not sounding too much like the original version, but also not seeming like a compl.
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After Punk Goes Metal, Fearless Records released this creative compilation of (obviously) punk bands covering pop groups. And simply put, it's just fun to listen to these songs.

The best songs follow the formula of not sounding too much like the original version, but also not seeming like a completely original creation (excluding lyrics). These sort of songs come from Yellowcard's cover of Michelle Branch's "Everywhere," Nicotine's "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears, Stretch Arm Strong's take on "Get This Party Started" by Pink, and others. All of these evenly mix the pop with the punk.

Some are just too different from the originals. Especially "Candy" (originally by Mandy Moore) by Slick Shoes, which really defeats the purpose of this whole compilation. Despite the lyrics, it's just like any other Slick Shoes song.

Others are way too similar to the originals. The Backstreet Boy's "I Want it That Way" by Dynamite Boy and 'N Sync's "Bye, Bye, Bye" by Further Seems Forever are both basically the same song with guitar added.

But despite some rough spots on the disc, it's still a great effort from all the artists, and it's fun to hear all of these as half-decent songs, as least. Obviously this isn't something that will stay in your CD player for weeks and weeks, but it'll be good for a few listens and laughs over time.

 

 
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waste_elite (December 17, 2002)

you heard me

Anonymous (December 17, 2002)

What

waste_elite (December 17, 2002)

you're putting way too much thought into a bunch of comments i made off the cuff out of boredom.

let me clarify then:

uninspired, slick, candyass, derivative, gimmicky, faceless, disposable, bands doing covers of uninspired, slick, candyass, derivative, gimmicky, faceless, disposable songs.

Anonymous (December 17, 2002)

Yeah, who brought Captain McShit down there? He hits enter a million times and then says "shut up." Oh, ok, since some idiot said to shut up, I guess I'd better do it!

Anonymous (December 17, 2002)

"Yeah, waste_elite, real intelligent." haha, funny, the fact that i think your taste in music sucks makes me uninteligent. what sound logic. well, jerkoff, it's a shame that you think that these bands are the best pop-punk bands out there. this is garbage. Dude, you just don't get it. It's not the fact that you don't like my taste in music that makes you seem unintelligent. It's the way you present your beliefs that makes you look like a moron. And that is sound logic. Look, if you think I have bad taste in music, and you outline a bunch of reasons why this isn't good music, and why the bands and the songs are "crappy," then I can look at it and be like, "arright, maybe he has a point. I don't necessarily agree with him, but at least I understand where he's coming from." But when you just straight-out say "i don't want to hear crappy bands do crappy covers of crappy songs... there's my analysis," then, yes, you do look unintelligent. If you say they're crappy, you really have to back it up, since hundreds of thousands of people out there think the music is good. If I went to the website of your favorite band and said "this is just crappy... there's my analysis," don't tell me you wouldn't be pissed. And don't tell me you wouldn't think I was a moron. That's the way you came across. Saying something is "crappy" and not saying why does look unintelligent, no matter how strongly you believe in what you're saying.

Anonymous (December 17, 2002)

She's with me.

BostonMusicGuy (December 16, 2002)

Who brought the cool kid?-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (December 16, 2002)

I love it when you all sling insults at eachother. It brings me great joy and much laughter. Keep it coming.

Anonymous (December 16, 2002)

Shut up.

BostonMusicGuy (December 16, 2002)

See you guys dont like it when the hate is reversed. Some bands suck, some bands are good.... but its all a matter of opinion. Nobody's opinion can possibly be wrong because... well... its an opinion not a fact. Just accept everyone's opinion, whether it agrees with yours or not.-BostonMusicGuySorry I went off yesterday... finals stress me the fuck out... the Thrice cover still rules.

Anonymous (December 16, 2002)

Remember the rants you guys would post in the news section? You should start posting those again. Twat needs to have one....

-sickboi

Anonymous (December 16, 2002)

The one big difference between you and me, bostonmusicguy, is that I'm not the one preaching. You're always telling the rest of us how we're assholes and then you do the same thing. You are no less hypocritical than I am in your eyes.

waste_elite (December 16, 2002)

"Yeah, waste_elite, real intelligent."

haha, funny, the fact that i think your taste in music sucks makes me unintelligent. what sound logic.

well, jerkoff, it's a shame that you think that these bands are the best pop-punk bands out there. this is garbage.

i think the twat guy said it best:

"you fucking hate these mainstream pop songs, but if a lame ass poppy punk band covers the exact same song but with distortion, you're panties get all wet?"

Anonymous (December 16, 2002)

Yea BOSTONPAT41MUSIC, don't stoop. You shithead.

Anonymous (December 16, 2002)

BostonMusicGuy, don't you see the point I was trying to make? I was saying that you're better than all of those people who have to say things like "Fucking Moron" because they have nothing better to say. Seriously, don't stoop to their level.

Anonymous (December 16, 2002)

http://www.nothingnice.com/old/05-20-02.shtml

Anonymous (December 16, 2002)

Yellowcard sucks

BostonMusicGuy (December 16, 2002)

Yeha ok Boston Music Guy, you're just as bad as the rest of us. You never waste an opportunity to put down Wuss Emo Rock. It must feel good to see someone else taking shit besides you, huh.Hey so yea, I take my jabs at other people just as much as people take jabs at me but that wasnt the point of that post. If you are going to take a jab at me at least dont be hypocritical about it. Make fun of me all you want but dont make fun of me for doing the same thing that everyone else does every day... thats just stupid. Fucking moron.-BostonMusicGuyI think Ill end all my posts that way now, "Fucking moron", pretty much it will apply to anything and it will getmy point across more because swearing always makes me sound more intellegent.

evildeadalive (December 16, 2002)

I've got this cd, and yeah man, a lot of the songs are pretty fucking crappy...

Anonymous (December 16, 2002)

i don't want to hear crappy bands do crappy covers of crappy songs...

there's my analysis Yeah, waste_elite, real intelligent. Crappy bands? No. Basically some of the top pop-punk bands out there today (notice I said pop-punk, not punk). Crappy covers? NO! I guarentee you haven't heard the CD. Read the posts on this site of anyone who has actually listened to it: most people like a lot of the songs. Crappy original songs, maybe. Otherwise, your "analysis" is pretty weak.

BrandonSideleau (December 16, 2002)

Listen to it if you want to, don't listen to it if you don't want to.

ratrick2467 (December 16, 2002)

I can't even belive the fifth grade bickering that is posted on here. 99% of the posts are along the lines of: "How the fuck could anyone like such fucking shitty faggot music. Anyone who listens to fucking pop punk is a gay faggot. All of these bands suck shit. You guys are all faggots. Fuck you!! Faggots!! twat." Now really, what exactly are you accomplishing with posts like this other than feeling good about yourself because you are so much cooler than everyone else. Listen, if all you listen to is Minor Threat and the Dead Kennedy's thats cool. They are both great bands. Its just a waste of yours and everyone elses time to go on a public forum and call everyone a fuckingfaggotcuntshitcock because they like different music than you. I look forward to your "I can say anything i want you fucking twat cunt shit. Fuck you!!" But just realize that when you do that, you're just further proving my point and making yourself look like an even bigger, more immature idiot.

Oh and by the way, this is a pretty good CD, the Thrice, Yellowcard, and Starting Line songs are my favorites.

waste_elite (December 15, 2002)

this is the type of album that fat girls with "punk princess" and "kiss me, i'm punk" stickers on their car listen to.

yeah, you heard me

waste_elite (December 15, 2002)

i don't want to hear crappy bands do crappy covers of crappy songs...

there's my analysis

punkboy_1 (December 15, 2002)

this was ok and kind of funny the first time i heard it, but it's not something i listen to that often. knockout did the best with survivor. the cover of nelly furtado or however u spell it fucking sucks.

Anonymous (December 15, 2002)

Yeha ok Boston Music Guy, you're just as bad as the rest of us. You never waste an opportunity to put down Wuss Emo Rock. It must feel good to see someone else taking shit besides you, huh.

Anonymous (December 15, 2002)

BostonMusicGuy -- look, the reason I singled you out is this: you're a guy who's written a lot of reviews, between this name and your other one. You've posted some really good opinions about other albums on other reviews. So I dunno, I feel like we can expect good stuff from you. Yeah, I know there are tons of people on this site who think that "this albmu is pure shit i want to jiz on it amd then burn itt" is insightful. It's easy to ignore them. But when someone like you says "horrible album, period" I kinda want to know why you felt that way. And the fact that you don't elaborate might make people think that you haven't even heard the album. I'm not saying you haven't, but if you have, at least say a thing or two about what made it so bad. I mean, whatever, you can do what you want, of course. But when you're established and you've made a name for yourself on this site, it seems like such a step down for you to make an ignorant statement like "horrible album, period," with none of the analysis we're so used to.

BostonMusicGuy (December 15, 2002)

First of all, BostonMusicGuy: "horrible album, period." Horrible comment, period. How do you make a statement like that without backing it up? There's no pointThats ridiculous. Why the fuck do I need to back my opinion up to you fucks?! Im giving my opinion on the album just like all the rest of you fucks do. Ive gotten pretty fed up with this whole site. You all say "you cant like this band, they suck, they arent music" which makes absolutely no sense to me but then when i do something much less threatening just say that its a horrible album i get fucking bashed for it. Yea, that makes a lot of sense.Fucking morons-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (December 15, 2002)

Rufio, Starting Line, and (especially) Thrice do excellent jobs on this CD. Fake ID's song is pretty good. The rest is just weak

Anonymous (December 15, 2002)

"Crush - Noise Ratchet: not bad."

the dismemberment plan have a cover of "crush" that could knock your socks off

pope_schlomo (December 15, 2002)

Album Highlights: Thrice, Stretch Armstrong, Yellowcard, Nicotine, The Starting Line, Noise Ratchet.

All in all, I say it was worst than the Punk Goes Metal comp. The Acoustic lineup looks good so I'll wait for that.

Ramo

Anonymous (December 14, 2002)

First of all, BostonMusicGuy: "horrible album, period." Horrible comment, period. How do you make a statement like that without backing it up? There's no point. PunkCoreKid says Yellowcard's "Everywhere" was the worst song on the album, and Bryne says it sounded too much like the original (as does the guy below me). I have to disagree here. First of all, listen to the drums. They're completely pop-punk. The Michelle Branch drumemr doesn't do anything cool. Next: listen to the second half of the chorus. It speeds up into a nice double-time pop-punk fast song, with tons more drive and attitude than the original. I don't think it sounds too much like Michelle's version. However, even if it did, that's a pretty well-written song (for a generic pop artist). The chord progressions (esp. in the second verse) is pretty cool, and the guitar octaves in the bridge are aiight. Anyway... YES... it is a misplaced title. It should be called "pop-punk goes pop," but that sounds ridiculous. Finally, the Starting Line cover is really good. These guys are dicks, and their sound is really, really produced (and the lead singer does all of the fucking harmonies), but they do know how to craft a good song. --JP

Anonymous (December 14, 2002)

I Want It That Way - Dynamite Boy simply sucked. It's not any different from the real version.

Candy - Slick Shoes sounds like it was recorded in a toilet. Gross.

Everywhere - Yellowcard: sounds gross. And I like YC a lot. Too much like the original.

Get This Party Started - Stretch Arm Strong: this is a terrible song performed by a somewhat terrible band. Thumbs down.

Like a Prayer - RUFIO. Very good!

Bye, Bye, Bye - Further Seems Forever: gross. Sounds EXACTLY like the original.

Crush - Noise Ratchet: not bad.

I'm Like a Bird HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE NO ONE SHOULD ***EVER*** PLAY NELLIE FURTADO. TERRIBLE! I HATE NELLIE FURTADO. SHE IS THE WORST ARTIST EVER

Survivor - Knockout: pretty good. Kind of funy too.

I'm Real - Starting Line's: the best song on here. Very well done!! Incredible how they turned a shitty song into a great song.

Way You Love Me - Keepsake: nice.

Sometimes - Reach The sky: sounds flat.

All or Nothing - Fake I.D: excellent.

Borderline - Showoff: boring and flat sounding.

Send Me an Angel - Thrice: I love Thrice. Good cover, but I don't care for it.

Baby One More Time - Nicotine: funny, cause these guys are japanese (accents).

Heaven Is a Place on Earth - Student Rick: excellent.

Let's see...that's 8/17 songs that are good...which is 50%. I'll give it 3 stars, just because of the Starting Line song.

BostonMusicGuy (December 14, 2002)

Horrible album... period. (oh except thrice)-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (December 14, 2002)

to the comment two down.. the starting lines cover of im real is really good. it sounds a lot different from the original and is definitely a good song

burstandbloom (December 14, 2002)

At the show that I went to a while back, SAS said that they didn't plan on playing their Pink cover (Let's get this party started)live ever again. Apparantly everyone requests it at their shows and then they just sit there with their thumb up the other guy's ass while Stretch plays it. So, at this show they had a sort of "funeral" for it where they played it and then buried it forever. It was pretty rad live, but I didn't dig this cd all that much.

Melissa

Anonymous (December 14, 2002)

i'm surprised you didn't mention the Starting Line's cover of "I'm Real." It sounds absolutely nothing like the original. They did a really good job with the song, or at least I thought so.

Anonymous (December 14, 2002)

"Punk goes pop? The whole genre kinda did that a few years ago." At least someone else saw the irony in that title.

PunkcoreKid (December 14, 2002)

Yellowcards's version of "Everywhere" was possibly the worst song on the album, I don't see how any of you liked it. Thrice cover was great, as was Stretch.

Anonymous (December 14, 2002)

Honostly,
This album was fucking awful besides Thrice's cover of "send me an angel." A bunch of bullshit pop covers by pop bands. Even Stretch Arm Stong, an incredible band's, cover is weak as shit.... save your money...

chimericalburst (December 14, 2002)

destiny'd child is one of the best bands to ever exist. there is no defensible counterargument.

-cburst

Anonymous (December 14, 2002)

Punk goes pop?

The whole genre kinda did that a few years ago.

evildeadalive (December 13, 2002)

Hmmm... As soon as I saw this in the sidebar, for some reason, I knew Eddie was the one who reviewed it...

Uhhh... other than the Thrice song, this cd is pretty crappy. The Yellowcard song is alright, but the rest just seem way to halfassed, or downright terrible. The FSF track on here is one of the worst songs I have ever heard in my life. The Nsuck version is better for fucksake.

Anonymous (December 13, 2002)

Are you fucking kidding me? This is a joke right? An entire cd of pop punk pop covers? Jesus Christ. Slick shoes? Jesus punk pop pop covers, even better. I hope Jesus comes down and takes them away to paradise. If you can't do that god can you just take their fingers? Lemme get this straight, you fucking hate these mainstream pop songs, but if a lame ass poppy punk band covers the exact same song but with distortion, you're panties get all wet? You know what? I would rather listen to backstreet boys than yellowcard and their STUPID FUCKING VIOLIN. Goddamn it. A violin? The violin guy has to have something on the other band members. Did he and his video camera accidentally walk into their circle jerk? Yeah buy this! Fucking idiots. twat

punky (December 13, 2002)

D.B. and F.S.F. covers suck so much that it sounded exactly as the orginials...pop...
nothing punk about it.
Stretch ArmStrong on the other hand kickass as always.

Anonymous (December 13, 2002)

I don't have this album, but Thrice's cover of Real World's "Send Me an Angel" rocks my world. Rad will live forever!

Bryne (December 13, 2002)

The SAS cover is fun, as is the Starting Line. Yellowcard's version of that Michelle Branch song also sounds exactly like the original, with the exception being it's sung by a guy.

Anonymous (December 13, 2002)

Knockout sucks, but the song is half decent. I really don't think it sounds like the original at all.

Melvyl (December 13, 2002)

it suprises me that you didn't even mention the best song on the cd, the destinys child cover by knockout.

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