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Dashboard Confessional

Dashboard Confessional: UnpluggedUnplugged (2002)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: HeinHein
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MTV sucks and Dashboard Confessional is for wussies! Yeah right. But with this CD/DVD of an uplugged show that was recently recorded for MTV, Chris Carrabba and his bandmates astonish me again and leave me wondering what the hell has happened to my music taste once more. I, the one person in the wor.
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MTV sucks and Dashboard Confessional is for wussies! Yeah right. But with this CD/DVD of an uplugged show that was recently recorded for MTV, Chris Carrabba and his bandmates astonish me again and leave me wondering what the hell has happened to my music taste once more. I, the one person in the world that would never tolerate acoustic stuff in any of my toplists, am totally going along these emotional loaded tearjerkers.

Don't start telling me I just get taken along with some hype or anything. Damn, I was forced to listen to similar stuff of this kind too many times lately. But none of them get near to the passion this guy is able to put in his songs. I have been doubting so many times about it myself since I listened to their full-length "The Places You Have Come to Fear The Most". To such an extend that I was trying to get some recognition with other bands in the scene (check the answers of many bands in the punkviews-section of my own site punkupdates.com). But in the end I think I'll have to stick with what I've always been telling everybody: music is about involvement and passion. And no matter what kind of music it is, if those things shine through in YOUR head and ears I guess it's OK. I just never expected this to happen for ME with acoustic music.

The album contains 7 of the 10 songs on the before mentioned full-length released on Vagrant, all 4 songs of the "So Impossible" EP released on Vagrant as well, 3 of the 4 songs on the most recent "Summer's Kiss" EP released through Eulogy and to start things off there's the title track from their first LP "Swiss Army Romance". Earlier reviews of this band only justify my thoughts on this one; the songs from the full-length are outstanding. Out of the other songs there's only "Hands Down" which reach comparable standard. I guess that's where my driving mood is rearing its head again, because those songs definitely are more driving ones than the rest of the album.

The one thing that is slightly annoying me with this release is the fact that the audience is responsible for quite an amount of the singing duties. It just provokes terrible visions of Beatles-mania to me, the screeching little girls included. Damn, the guy who did the mixing of the surround sound was even credited on the disc. On the other hand I guess I'm singing along myself when I hear this.

Anyway, the guitars, bass, drums, piano and of course the vocals that these 4 guys have captured from this show prove that the passion they put in their studio work before is also dripping from their live performance. Even better maybe, the singing is a bit more reality alike which adds to the credibility of the dedication and heart they put in their work.

What a wussy I am huh...maybe I should label Fearless's upcoming release "Punk Goes Acoustic" my most anticipated release for 2003 now.

 

 
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Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

This is the most awesome CD! It comes with a DVD so you can watch the performance. It totally shows the depth at which Chris can sing and shows his emotion. The only negative aspects are that a vast majority of the audience is responsible for singing and Chris dominated the show, but who cares DC rocks!!

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

this whiny bitch is annoying. can someone pass me the gun?

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

Wow i didn't know it was possible for one person to be so whiny and have so many people care about all the lame ass tribulations that have happened to this guy. He's lame and anyone who listend to him is lame and if you have a problem with it you can go cry in to your big sweaters and write some poetry because I know you emo kids are to tippish to say anything.

inagreendase (January 14, 2003)

p.s.s from the guy below

i'm glad a lot of people near the bottom agree

inagreendase (January 14, 2003)

i was channel-surfing and happened to come across a replay of this shindig. my god, it looked like a cult. its just middle-to-late teens and some early 20s people singing really quietly along to EVERY SINGLE SONG. of course, when you put hardcore (not musically hardcore, you get what i mean) dashboard fans you're gonna get something scary...but seriously, with them singing and everything and all looking towards this one guy as he plays his overall mellow songs and they sing along - SCARY SHIT, it really does look like a cult. does anyone agree with me p.s. i wouldn't let this cd even be a table coaster for a bottle of crappy club soda

Anonymous (January 14, 2003)

i was there as well. and funny thing, i also saw pete townshend there too. he was mingling amongst all the 13 year old girls there. hmmm.....

Anonymous (January 13, 2003)

hahahahaha, that's classic.

Anonymous (January 13, 2003)

No, he played a hard core rock tune called "DESTROY THE WORLD FOR ME" and frightened the crowd. All that stuff about little girls being his main audience is bull! There were so many mohawks and spikes in that crowd, I couldnt believe. The best part was when he told his spiky-haired pal to go beat up an audience member with a bike chain. The cover is totally deceiving, this is hardcore punk rawk at its finest.

Anonymous (January 13, 2003)

Did he play "Wicked Games" at this show?
Zing!

-sickboi

Anonymous (January 13, 2003)

I eat butthole for breakfast.

Anonymous (January 13, 2003)

chris carraba has a really incredible voice actually. whether you like his stuff or not, and i don't, you've gotta recognize that.

Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

Black Flag skin punk? hahahahahahahahaha Black Flag rocks, skin punk sucks

Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

"fuck all of you haters. hey, in my honest opinion, and i put a lot of thought into this, i sincerely believe dashboard confessional is waaaaaaaaay better than mest, new found glory, and simple plan. take that haters!!!!"

don't hate the players
hate the game

Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

This stuff is good if you're into head banging and moshing. But me, I personally like the sweet melodies of Blood For Blood much better.

But if you like no-holds barred skin punk in the vain of Black Flag and TSOL, then Dashboard Confessional is for you.

Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

This is what feces would sound like if it made noise.

Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

This album is nice if your girl is pregnant and you want her to have an abortion. twat

Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

fuck all of you haters. hey, in my honest opinion, and i put a lot of thought into this, i sincerely believe dashboard confessional is waaaaaaaaay better than mest, new found glory, and simple plan. take that haters!!!!

Anonymous (January 11, 2003)

This album is nice if you need some easy listening. Otherwise, it makes a grade A coaster.

Anonymous (January 11, 2003)

this isn't emo....this is pop or easy listening.

Obscene_Jesture (January 11, 2003)

down with TRASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL

someone- please kill carraba and light his alcohol infested hair on fire.

Anonymous (January 11, 2003)

Hasn't this guy always been "unplugged?"

Crazy MTV, what will they think of next?

Anonymous (January 11, 2003)

This grade is for people saying what they believe in. This is probably the only board where people have posted agains the main stream a whole lot. Congrats to all of you.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

I like punk, but not JUST punk. Its kind of odd to assume that just because I said "I like old punk" I only like old punk. I know its a label, but what the hell are you supposed to call it? Alternative? Rock N Roll? I mean, I love the idea of a labeless world, but its impossible. I would rather walk into a place that had a "rock n roll" section and a devoted "reggae" section than a place where I'd have sift through EVERYTHING in the world to find the record I wanted, especially something little known, like the Dead Boys. To try and destroy labels is to try and destroy the recognition of difference in the human condition, which is impossible. I dont know if thats good or bad, but I think we need to work with what we got as far as impulses go.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

Props to the kid who posted below He totally knows what he's talking about.

To say you dont like something just because it isnt punk rock is ridiculous and narrow minded statement.

There are a lot of people who posted messages saying stuff like "This is proof of how stupid "emo" is. "

Like one shitty artist is indicative of an enitre whole. funny how everybody knows what an emo band sounds like. Yet there are probably more bands labeled as emo than any other genre.

Emo is a stupid label, just like punk

And if you only like music that sounds like one thing, you are a moron. just like the people you probably bash

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

I'll always agree that I'd rather have people listen to NFG than Limp Bizkit. I also think that the whole concept of Mtv isn't the bad part, but what our society has turned it into. If everyone I knew listened to Fugazi, I wouldn't care because if that was true, I could take comfort in the fact that people looked beyond fashion and fakeness to listen to good music. I wouldn't have any beef with it. Punk rock maybe wouldn't be so relivant if it had no reason (discontent) to deal with. I think we agree in certain ways, the real evil here is the way things are presented to us. On that note, it's good to know there are more people out there who see what I'm seeing.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

I wrote the comment about punk rock meaning nothing and would like to respond to the message before me.

I totally see where you are coming and agree with what you are saying. I just think punk is misused term, even to people who truly think they are punk.

I think punk is still a label, just like saying is someone is "emo", or "indie", and all basically ties to the same idea.

Its about being non-mainstream, or better yet real, pure, and honest in what you beleve and like. Its about free-thinking. And knowing the corruption and mindwarping of corporate america and the government.

What if fugazi got on mtv and became huge? would they be less of a band to you? Would they not be true punks anymore?

I agree that the state of mainstream music is at an all time low in terms of quality, originality, and moral dignity. I would love for that to change and have a feeling that it might.

However, There has been always been crappy music in the mainstream, and there always will be. Look at hair metal. Did that have anything good to say about society? Anyway's this crap music is what makes the good stuff good.

Also punk rock has always been marketable, ever since the Green Day and Nirvana explosion. Labels are constantly looking for the next Nirvana.

And how bad really are some of these new cheesy Punk bands like NFG or simple plan to scoiety? The answer is not really that bad at all. In fact, I bet you alot of 14-year old kids who like these bands will become more decent people in the end.

Think about it. None of these bands are really writing about anything hurtful to society. They are just singing youthful songs about realtionships and growing up. And I dont see anything wrong with that. In fact probably these kids will eventually get into other punk rock forms of music that are better.

On the other hand, how many times do you see that Kurt Cobain wannabe or dorky looking Goth kid in the mall with black eyeliner and a mohawk hairdo wearing an AFI shirt? The answer is a lot. Well you know what happened. Somehow he got drilled in his head how all this bad "mainstream punk rock" is corrupting our minds and he doesnt understand the real issues and becomes this misdirected punk kid, who will become more hateful, judgementful, and bitter towards the people around him than the kid who listened to A simple plan.

The real issues of whats wrong with mtv are not the trivialization of punk music, but the sex shows and the real world. The stuff that teaches the youth that being skinny and attractive is the most important thing in life, materialism, treating women like sex objects.

As much as I hate the cheese and its shoved down our throat. We kind of need it. Wouldnt it be wierd if everybody we knew listened to Fugazi. Id be wed start to hate them too.

I listened to a lot of cheesy punk bands that are just as fluffy as the bands today. But somehow in the midst of all the crap I listened to, some good bands were thrown into the mix, and I eventually began to distinguish crap from non-crap.

I remember liking bands like black flag and the misfits because it drilled into are head that these were the legit true punk bands to listen to. I didnt want to be a fake punk, so I made myself like them. And I know this happens to alot of kids. That is because this whole punk rock thing can be just as mindwarping as any ainstream music. I was convincing myself to like some of these bands because they might loosley have had something to do with what I believed in.

It wasnt until I figured out that this musical segregation was bull shit, and that my values of wanting to be a real human being really had nothing to do with the music I listend to, I said, "you know what, I think Black Flag fucking sucks, and so does the Midfits."

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

"People like us might find it amusing (I do) because we are smart enough to differentiate between real and manufactured, but how is a 14 year old supposed to?"

How fucking stupid do you think we are? Wait, why am I defending MTV?

I agree that MTV sucks, but not because of that. I hate it because it promotes negative stereotypes of diferent cultures. Black guys on that channel are all people who are from the "ghetto" and proud, and abuse drugs and women. Teenage girls are sluts. In videos, on Real World, on all those dating games that are the same but have different names but are all the same. Because "what are they supposed to be"? This is the biggest impact I see on my generation. Girls feel its their duty to sexually please their boyfriends, a scary thought indeed. Before you know it, women will stop getting jobs and it will be the 1950s again with a "honey, i'm home, cook my food!" theme running through it. Sadly, MTV is one of, if not the biggest, impact on our youth culture. Its subliminal with its evil, though. I barely watch it, but the only times I do there is either some rapper rapping about getting hos, and cash, and pushing around people, and how much better they are than anybody else. Thats probably the worst impact. The violent "dont fuck wit' me" attitude has caught on once again. The culture on MTV promotes wilfull ignorance, idiocy, and racism.

But then again, I'm 15 and I love olf punk more than anything past 1990.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

word to the kid below me.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

"Its not like at 15 I was listening to Sigur Ros or The clash and organizing grass roots campaigns to change the government."

Idiot! I hate Sigur Ros, love the Clash, and am in the GPAN. Oh yeah, I just turned 15 last month.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

this is a great cd, I think Dashboard shows real emotion in this concert. He added drums to some old songs and it rules. The only thing I don't like about it is he lets the fans sing to much.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

"i hear that, but the fact that there are reviews of garbage like this as opposed to a review of something like give em enough rope is our fault. if you want good music to be reviewed, you'll have to review it yourself. complaining won't get anything done."

Putting my soul into something I'm not sure will get posted? Putting my heart and soul into something that something that this site needs, but doesn't want?

This site is like a little kid, and to the people that run it old punk is like spinach. They just dont care about it. The reviewers arent the ones who decide if it gets posted.

And this guy sucks.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

I want to add another comment here, I made the first comment that started this whole "mtv ruins our generation thing." I just wanted to respond to the guy before me about caring about punk rock and all that good stuff. As a person, I don't go around telling little kids that they're some how inferior to me and they don't know what punk rock is, I'm too old for that(23). The truth is, if I haden't been exposed to punk rock when I was 14 I wouldn't be the same person I am today. That's just the thing, the punk morals that seems silly to you really meant something to me as a person. It helped me think outside of the mold, something that I never would have seen if not for the punk scene in general. like I said, I'm too old to tell kids why they are not punk...but it gets on my nerves when something that was/is so important to me and helped shape me as a person is skewed and sold as something it's not. That's just it, when it's not real anymore, that's when the message is lost and the alternative thought and escape for people who don't follow the norm is gone. I could explain to you what punk rock is and isn't for the most part, but regardless of what you think it has meant something to a lot of people and changed their lives for the better.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

I just wrote the the last comment, and I would have to say Captain crunch Rules. Those are the real problems at hand, not whether you are a "true punk" or not.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

Ok people, Stop whining about what it means to be punk. It means nothing to be punk. Its another bullshit label that incorrectly categorizes and stereotypes what it means to have ideas and believe in something.

Im sick of all these poser, self indentity crisis cases trying to feel important by preaching the true meaning of punk. They go off and off about mtv trivializing the real spirit of punk, but they never really give a cohesive answer of what it is to be punk. I find it funny how all the so called "punk" kids I know basically confuse "punk" with being a social jackass.

Im sick of people bitching about 15 year-old poser mall-punk kids. They are 15 for christ sakes!, and they just dont know any better! You know how hard it is to be anything real at that at age. Yet these "true-punk" assholes always run them down like they are more worthy to carry the title of "punk". I would really like to know what these punks belive in and what they are really doing about it.

Im 24 now, and it took me a long time to develop my tastes, prefernces, and thoughts towards music, books, politics, films etc. Its not like at 15 I was listening to Sigur Ros or The clash and organizing grass roots campaigns to change the government. No I was listening to Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains,The Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Weezer and whatever music that was easily available to me at the time. I eventually got introduced to bands like Pavement, Helmet, and Quicksand and that led me to get into alot of other indie, post punk, post hardcore bands and whatever. I took me a shit load of time listening to music to know what I Truly liked and to be able to weed out artists I dont like from the ones I actually do like. But believe me, Ive liked a lot of shitty bands because I the time I just didnt know any better at the time.

Music doesnt have to have some grand deep meaning. It just needs to be well written. Its great when music comments on important issues in society and politics, and tries to make someone a better person. Unfortunately, most self- declared politically conscious Punk bands do nothing more than preach ill-advised anti-government rants and offer no useful suggestions on how to change things. Like Anarchy is a good alternative! In fact, music that is very politcally fueled usually comes off as sounding trite.

Every genre of music has truly great artists that define and innovate the genre, and then has copy cats that just offer dumed down crap in order to turn a quick buck. I cant stand bands like Dashboard and NFG, but then again they are not geared towards me. They are geared towards younger audiences. would much rather have a 15 year old listening to those guys then some unintelligent rapper who promotes violence and the treatment of women as sex objects.

I guess my point is to like an artist because you think their music is good, period. Having a fifteen year old liking the same band as you does not affect your life, or make the artist any less good.

CaptainCrunch (January 10, 2003)

Yes, it is true. I enjoy video games occasionally. I like to play before I hit the hay in the evening because I am not missing anything important, and they do not take much effort to play. My theory on MTV goes a lot deeper than the music, and I did not feel like getting into the whole story because I was getting tired and I had to rest my educated nose and get a wisdom burger refil. On the way to my sleeping quarters, I took a detour so I could continue on my quest of taking the Detroit Lions to the Super Bowl. I apologize.

Anyways, like I said earlier, MTV destroyed music, but it is also contributing to the decline of morals and individuality in our generation. I remember when i was about 13 or 14 (I am 21 now) MTV played mostly videos, they had only a couple hours per day that were dedicated to other programming. After the success of the Real World, that changed, and what people saw when they watched MTV became drastically different. I bet most of us on this site watched a good amount of MTV when they were younger, maybe shows like headbangers ball or 120 minutes or just for the videos. We are no different than the kids today except that they are being fed braingwashing garbage when they watch MTV and we weren't when we did. The individuality is gone because there are only 10 or so videos getting shown in rotation nowadays, and thats all the kids see, they don't have a choice. And since MTV is so popular and widely seen, the 10 videos shown have a bigger impact. That is all they think is cool at the present moment. There isn't much alternative for an avid MTV watcher if they are trying to find something to latch onto. Just for kicks, go to hotornot, and go to the part where you can designate the location of the people you are browsing. Even in places like Alaska and Hawaii and overseas, it has seeped there. I've seen it myself when I go up north here in Michigan, in the middle of nowhere I will see people dressed the same way people are in the city. 10 years ago it wasn't like that, not to that extent. And it is only going to get worse.

Perhaps the most damaging thing MTV has done is ruined the morals of our generation. The shows like Real World and Road Rules only pick people that would potentially cause controversy within the group because it makes for better entertainment. People like us might find it amusing (I do) because we are smart enough to differentiate between real and manufactured, but how is a 14 year old supposed to? And the network no longer shows the suggestive shows after 10 like they did when we were growing up, they show it all day long. And they are acting like the people on these shows because it is what seems to be the right way to act. There is no good infleuence anymore for the masses.

Kids see this stuff every time they turn on MTV and that is why our generation is crap. It has even seeped to this website, we have MTV to thank for GC and Simple Plan. The first time Dammit was on MTV the whole landscape changed.

Its unfortunate, but at least I am a little bit older and I don't have to deal with it as much. The percentage of people my age who watch MTV and take it seriously isn't nearly as high as say, 17 year olds (but it still exists, and older kids acting like idiots is MUCH funnier)

OK, now I am finished, I have to go eat and get ready for work. I hope Twat doesn't show up and knock me for having a job.

-Captain Crunch

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

I don't like DC at all... and im not some "macho tough guy asshole" either. I appreciate all kinds of music that triggers a reaction within me. I mean, I usually don't like acoustics or country. I liked Greg Graffins solo acoustic record. But they usually don't catch me. But the major problem with DC for me is that his fucking voice is unbearable...it's horrific. It's like screeching tires. I'd rather listen to someone who can sing, not whine and break his voice.

Obscene_Jesture (January 10, 2003)

this guy is a lame faggot.

look at this fockers hair...

someone should shoot him, and post the pictures on www.ogrish.com

OUT

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

dude, Chris Carraba's gonna skullfuck you all with his massive 62 pixel long dick when he reads all the negative comments.

Can't wait for emogame part 2

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

Hey dickhead that thinks it's cool to say twat at the end of every post. I don't think Captain believes that things like video games are the problem, but maybe the fact that people don't just like to the play them, they obsses over them and could careless about anything else real. People are more concerned about what they're wearing or when they can play their PS2 instead of going to war. Social ills come 2nd to Hot topic and Mtv. PUNK FUCKING ROCK.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

The singer from NFG looks like an uglier popeye

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

Thanks for the compliment Captain Crunch. The worst part about all of this is trying to get people to understand where you're coming from. I know when I was 15 I probably never would have beleived most of the things I think now. Even as punk as I thought I was, it would've seemed pretty extreme to me. And that's the thing, now most of the younger "punk" kids out there don't get exposed to any real punk so they never really get an idea of what it is/was. So to them it's just something to do because everyone else is and try to argue that it's stupid to care about what it is or what it has become, even though they never really understood it. There's no backbone to it or real foundation, it's simply a product, like pop music or nu-metal(shit, 5 years ago punk wasn't this bad off). "Punk rock" to most people is as wholesome as Brittney Spears. That mentality leaked in from mainstream culture and now it's being bought and sold to these mtv "punk" kids as something it's not. Truthfully, I just think it's all part of America's mindset of follow the crowd and consume, consume, consume! It just generates apathetic, average people who are kept ignorant so they can keep buying the shit that's forced down their throats.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

Yeah? "They care about meaningless possessions?" What the fuck is madden 2003? Dude, you had me! I was reading your words and stroking my dong. I was totally getting off on what you were saying. But then you turned on the lights and...BAM! Star jones is riding me like a bull. I find it funny how you look down your long educated nose filled with wisdom burgers, on those poor little consumers living in their fantasy world. Do you really play professional football? Or do you play professional football in your own fantasy world? Everybody has their own escape. For some it may be books, movies, or yes dashboard confessional. If they like that shit, their not gonna like the shit that I listen to, I guaranfuckingtee that. So let them have that abortion inducing crap and let me have my music. Fuck them, itís all about me. twat

waste_elite (January 10, 2003)

captain crunch is dead on. it's upsetting that this sort of mentality has creaped into punk culture as well with the introduction of punk to MTV and the mainstream. it's totally killed and trivialized the message, meaning, and impact of punk.

ask any of your average MTV watchers what they think punk is all about. i guarantee the answer will be: ummm, skateboards, spikey hair, partying, and acting like your 12.

of course that is just one negative aspect of MTV that seems most relative to point out, as this is a punk website. captain crunch down there has pretty much described what it has done in a broader social sense.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

i didn't write that quote but yea, complaining doesn't do anything. i would write a clash review (and i'd even mention in the review that the clash are a great punk band and dashboard is anything but punk) except my writing sucks and i'd be torn to shreds by all you guys.

waste_elite (January 10, 2003)

"This web site doesnt even have a review of the second Clash album, but it has some acoustic bastard wailing about girls? This is bull shit... I liked punk back when bands used to stand for something."

i hear that, but the fact that there are reviews of garbage like this as opposed to a review of something like give em enough rope is our fault. if you want good music to be reviewed, you'll have to review it yourself. complaining won't get anything done.

CaptainCrunch (January 10, 2003)

"This is true. No one cares about anything real...."

That was a tremendous post. People today put so much importance on trivial things that will be replaced in a matter of weeks. I think it has to do with the introduction of cable, specifically MTV, more than anything else. People can watch TV and get ideas without thinking, and this inadvertantly causes a loss of priorities. Its a sad thing. I have seen this first hand in people i have met in college, you can tell within 5 minutes of meeting someone who is the MTV watcher and who isn't (girls especially) It seems to me that those people are not connected to reality as much, they live in a bit of a fantasy world. They care about shallow emotions or meaningless material possessions. Then artists with simple premises come along and blow these drones away. Dashboard, to me, is completely one-dimensional and possesses no staying power (one true measure of an artist's greatness) Then again, because of MTV, what bands today DO possess staying power? It's just a part of the fast food mentality our generation is cursed with. MTV is the worst thing that happened to our generation, and not just because of the music. I would get into it more but I want to go play Madden 2003.

-Captain Crunch

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

kill this guy. please. someone kill him. then fat lesbians and broken hearted teens all across american will really have a reason to cry.

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

This web site doesnt even have a review of the second Clash album, but it has some acoustic bastard wailing about girls? This is bull shit... I liked punk back when bands used to stand for something.

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

I think that what alot of people on this site realize is that people have to start somewhere musically. Say I'm a random teen in America, and I don't like ultra poppy music, and I hear Good Charlotte on the radio or MTV. Holy Shit! This band is everything the opposite of everything I hate, I should listen to them. London Calling wasn't the first punk song most people hear, certainly not myself. Probably the first real punk I heard was Blink 182's Dude Ranch. It was good, and I enjoyed it at the time. It opened my eyes to new music, and I started listening to more punk bands, opening my eyes to the good stuff and making it so that i can differentiate between what is good and bad. this is the same with chris carraba's dashboard. alot of people are seeing him, and getting exposed to a whole new genre of music.

i did enjoy dashboard when i first heard them, and saw them in concert twice. i was pretty blown away, and the guy doesn't perform wonderfully live. His first LP is well written for the most part. The second one, The Places... is not nearly as good. The lyrics turn from emotional, to contrived. this is about when i stopped listening to him.

also, i think one thing about his type of music is that it's music for a certain mood. in the same sense, thrash metal can only be good to you for so long before you want to mellow out a bit. i was in a period in my life when i was upset with the females, and this hit a chord with me. this is true for a ton of people right now, but i think what no one realizes yet is that this phrase will pass for these people, and then they will discard their DC CDs.

As my final comment, and I'm suprised no one said this to begin with, Dashboard Confessional was always unplugged! WHAT THE FUCK do they need a special unplugged show for, they play acoustic rock.

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

This is true. No one cares about anything real. People care more about celebrities and fashion of the bands they listen to instead of the music. It's just another product that can be consumed and discarded when it's not cool anymore. No one sees it because it's not as natural to notice things as strange when that's all you've been fed(it's hard to recognize something as stupid or bad when it's such a large part of your daily life, people hardly ever take a step back and look at it). Then they defend this crap because they couldn't possibly understand how anything I just said is relivant. It may sound outrageous, but with our obsession with consumption and our ignorance of reality, I think we're going to destroy ourselves.

ps. I know this maybe a little off topic, but DBC and similar "music products" (I'll say it's no where near as bad as fabricated boy bands) are very typical of what I was talking about. I know, I know...it's just music, right?

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

I totally agree with the guy below me. Most DBC fans are too worried about their boyfriends and girlfriends to recognize the "American Nightmare" of materialism thats going on in this country. MTV supports it, the media supports it, but anybody that is smart and has nothing to gain from corrupt politics should not. There's NO EXCUSE FOR WHAT WENT ON IN AFGHANISTAN, AND THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR WAR!

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

for me punk rock was always about doing what you want and how you want to...saying what you want, when you want to. Now if you don't have anything to say then fine....but that's he reason why punk is so dead right now. There are a lot of people that should have something to say in the terrible times that we live in (I know it may not seem so terrible to the little rich kids living with their mommy) but the truth is that the economy is failing and the clown prince is gaining more control. The last time a band was REALLY a threat would have been in the early '90's with rap bands like Public Enemy and rappers turned hardcore punk rockers like Ice T's Body Count. They had something to say and it pissed off people who want to censor me and you. I mean, if there isn't anything to say then don't go and make it up, but if there is a pronlem (which there is) it needs to be addressed. How 'bout a "Kill Bush" song. (lol)

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

"i would say a good 50% of every piece of music i own was created before 1990 yet i still have an appreciation for newer punk bands."

I appreciate new punk bands- not this garbage of course- but its just so... predictable, for lack of a better word. I listen to the CD waiting for something new, something shocking to happen... and it usually doesnt. Thats why Life Wont Wait is my favorite Rancid album. Sure, they went off the beaten path, but they also through in some stuff that really pushed musical bounderies. Maybe it didnt sound like normal (they took about 20% of the Clash in them out and put in the Specials) it made for a much more creative sound. If there's a punk band that's gonna bring down the system, or even be a threat to it, it isnt gonna be your run-of-the mill stuff. It'll be something NEW in a GOOD way (something I fear is gonna take along time ever since punk became a phad).

In short, I appreciate new bands, but not to the extent that I do the people that inspired them.

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

"did it ever occur to you that punk is changing?"

No its not. Name one modern punk band that you cant say "they sound alot like that old band (insert old band name)" if you have enough knowledge. And yes, I believe people who go to punk shows to be fashionable shouldnt go because they bring down the whole experience. Doesnt matter... Punk's dead.

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

I'll agree....I'd rather sit through a million DC performances than see a redneck shitty band like lynrd skynrd. Someone needs to kill ignorance and racism now....I'm so sick of these little fuck with their "southern pride"....what the fuck is that? The pride to fuck your sister? American pride is annoying to...why not just have pride in yourself. Jeeez, fucking stupid people.

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

You're not necessarily a punk if you have tatoos.

Fuck Dashboard

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

Cheer up emo kids, and dont take up smoking cos ur girlfriend dumped u

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

dude I live in north Florida and I was driving the other day behind this truck with a confederate license plate and a "NO FAT CHICKS" bumper sticker. Rednecks are still worse than these sensitive emo kids.

CaptainCrunch (January 9, 2003)

This score is for fat girls...go ride an exercise bike. Seriously, fat girls really bother me.

They order pizza at 2 AM and guzzle down a 20 oz pepsi every 30 minutes, and make no visible effort to exercise. Then they wonder why guys don't like them or think they are not attractive. Here's a tip: try getting that triple quarter pounder WITHOUT cheese.

There's a difference between fat and big-boned, of course. Big boned people can't help it, and they useually are the ones working their butts off to be in better shape. 'Fat' is just plain lazy and disgusting. And one more thing....don't wear those midriff shirts if it hangs over please. Thats something the rest of us cannot help seeing no matter how hard we try not to.

The Ab-Wheel works marvelously and it only costs 10 bucks, and you only have to use it 2 minutes every day.

Sorry I had to get that off my chest.

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

lol, true.

seek (January 9, 2003)

This cover is way worse than the Hot Rod Circuit one.

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

I might actually consider buying this if I didn't have to hear 500 fat girls singing along.

Reason number 1 why I hate seeing this band live.

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

I dont care if you call this punk, emo, whatever. It's awful. Chris can't sing.

waste_elite (January 9, 2003)

you have some very good points, but i wouldn't go so far as to say punk is dead, it's just evolved/evolving. i mean, i've heard a thousand rock critics say that punk died with sid vicious or some other line of nonsense, but that's just bullshit. a lot of music these days is in fact very derivative (rancid, the explosion) but they aren't cheap knockoffs. they've taken the ideas of old bands, added their own style, and breathed new life into a genre that plenty of kids missed out on. i would say a good 50% of every piece of music i own was created before 1990 yet i still have an appreciation for newer punk bands.

i will agree that punk is dead in the sense that it is no longer a threat and it is no longer dangerous. it's become too fucking safe and accepted, therefore it's not as relevant in a social context. nothing's shocking anymore, the impact is dead.

ps: who is the explosion BLATANTLY ripping off of? it's just straight up, no frills, punk rock. in the days of parent friendly pop-punk and emo, it's refreshing to hear a young band rock out like it's 1977.

gutterhippo (January 9, 2003)

"i don't know what's funnier... this piece of shit, or watching you fucks debate what's "Punk" or not"

yeah sorry i think this mightve started with my post way down on this thread. funny, i did mention that "I don't want to get into a long and drawn out discussion of what punk is". oh well

*arvind!
http://thenoradssuck.cjb.net
http://www.mp3.co m/the_norads

gutterhippo (January 9, 2003)

"Punk is dead because of MTV, not in a "no longer able to be musically explored" way, but in a way that trendy fucks who love MTV find their way into local shows and ruin the experience."

so.. what you're saying is that only certain people should be allowed to go to shows? yeah, real punk... and this whole punk is dead bullshit is so cliche. did it ever occur to you that punk is changing? And if punk is dead, then what do you call the music of rancid, nofx, bad religion, or randy? maybe what you mean to say is that punk is slowing down, but it's just ignorant to say that punk is dead. If punk were dead, why would we have any interest in posting on this website.

*arvind!
http://thenoradssuck.cjb.net
http://www.mp 3.com/the_norads

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

this album is plain and simple... tooo heavy! i mean... chris carraba thinks he's G.G. Allin! all these guys do is talk about smack epidemics and dirty needles! you want some advice fellas? simmer down a bit. perhaps add an acoustic guitar or two!

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

I remember one time, I was flipping through the channels, and they had a Poison Unplgged special. I'm not to into poison or anything, but that shit skullfucks this turdfarmer. I dunno why, but I've never really had the urge to give this guy a chance. I think the first time I heard him was on the carson daly latenight bullshit crap-o-rama. That was painful to watch. Thank buddah for remote controls. And, after that, the ability to lock out certain programs so I never have to worry about accidentally flipping to them at 3 in the AM while I'm trying to go to sleep.

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

oh yea, and he's a dirty mexican. a dirty, dirty, hairy mexican

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

i wish i could take chris carraba's guitar and smash his head in with it repeatedly. i would then take the broken end of the neck, all pointy and splitery, and shove it so far up his ass that it gives him a splinter in his eye. then i would strangle him with the strings and hang him up on a rafter, laving him to die. "screaming infidelities" would be playing on repeat in the bakground so that as he dies he could understand why i did what i did.

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

this person below me believes it takes a long time to think. pathetic.

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

this person below me is just plain comical. Like, you honestly sat there and thought long and hard about what you wrote huh? Man, so funny.

PUNK IS DEAD, RAWR.

I like music. And, thats about it.

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

"i find it hilarious when i hear people say how punk is dead and how mtv has ruined the good name of punk. those are usually the same people who have never heard of minor threat or bad brains or the misfits."

No ther aren't! Punk is dead because of MTV, not in a "no longer able to be musically explored" way, but in a way that trendy fucks who love MTV find their way into local shows and ruin the experience. I mean, yeah the music is still great, but these fucks are unbearable. I saw this hardcore band from Kansas, and all these people in the front were heckling them just to try to be "punk". When they asked for requests, some people asked to hear "My Friends Over You". Fuckers.

But, seriously, punk is dead. The Clash disolved, the Ramones broke up, Johnny Rotten went techno weirdness. Then Johnny Thunders died, Joey Ramone died, Dee Dee Ramone died, and just recently Joe Strummer died.

All this= punk is dead.

For those still unconvinced, I'll tell you how it has hit a dead end musically. I know barely anybody on this site listens to anything BEFORE 1990, so let me tell you that if you listen to punk music from the late 70s - early 80s, you'll find that the bands of today (from Rancid to NoFx to the Explosion to everything else) just pretty much use the same style as those bands. Ever heard the Buzzcocks? You'll find that they created the musical style of "pop-punk" unintentionally. Ever heard the Clash or the Sex Pistols? Then basically you've heard Rancid. I know people are gonna call me "stupid" or "poser" for slamming Rancid, but its the truth. The Explosion go beyond being heavily-influenced by those bands and fall into the category of blatantly ripping them off.

So there you have it. Punk is dead.

I still like punk, but its kind of like fucking a corpse. I support my local scene, and go to alot of shows. But I don't think the music still has the impact it had in the late 70s and early 80s.

But thats just me.

TheOneTrueBill (January 8, 2003)

i don't know what's funnier... this piece of shit, or watching you fucks debate what's "Punk" or not

pope_schlomo (January 8, 2003)

Since we're talking about Unplugged performances, have you heard Hole's performance? That cunt Courtney played "You Know You're Right" back in the early 90s. Probably passing as her own genuis. I hate that cunt. I'm done now.

Ramo

eyeball_kid (January 8, 2003)

Aphex Twin unplugged was a food mixer and a 12" made of sandpaper. No really! I think that dude in the top right hand corner of the album cover is Ben Kweller thinking 'how much better am I?'

Anyway this isn't my sort of thing really, but the full band fleshes it out somewhat.

waste_elite (January 8, 2003)

jay z was on unplugged? how the hell did they do that?

i wanna see some aphex twin unplugged. now THAT would be interesting...

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

this guy has like a spell over his crowds when he plays, just look at those live clips. I would never go see DC live but i don't think his songs are terrible, just his fans. I would listen to this over good charlotte anyday, i fucking hate that band

CaptainCrunch (January 8, 2003)

I'm not a big fan of Dashboard. There is no doubt that this guy is talented, but the songs all seem to be a tad on the redundant side.

I remember when Unplugged used to be great....Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Oasis, LL Cool J...and now we get Staind, Jay Z (the Roots carried that show) and Dashboard. Pure garbage.

The MTV that has surfaced in the last 5 or so years is the single worst thing that has happened to our generation. Remember when they played a lot of videos and they actually covered each genre? Now MTV is just a big brainwashing monster. I slapped my little brother when i found out he watched it.

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

Punk rock died and gave way for emo

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

zim nation hit the nail on the head. punk rock hasn't been killed or raped by mtv. there are tons and tons of great, unpolluted, honest bands out there i.e. please support your local scene!! i find it hilarious when i hear people say how punk is dead and how mtv has ruined the good name of punk. those are usually the same people who have never heard of minor threat or bad brains or the misfits. what mtv and hot topic have done is merely latch on to all the fake, pseudo-poseur "punk" bands that frankly, i or many of you shouldn't give a shit about. punk is not dead. but then again, we've dashboard confessional, blink, and simple plan reviews on this site. . . . so anyways, yea, dashboard confessional is a fucking horrible band. the lead guy is annoying as hell.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

Green day is a punk band, blink182 is not.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

the[]muffin[]girl and that other poster person:

You guys are totaly missing my point here. When green day and the offspring became super popular and all the people that I did not like started to like them did I just abandon punk rock? No way. When blink 182 super popular and all the people that I did not like started to like them did I abandon punk rock then? Hell no. I do not know what kind of people that poster doesn't like but I believe if you truely have a passion for the music you will not be swayed by other people. I mean say if my snobby prep neighbor bought a strike anywhere album, what would I do? I'd probaly just roll my eyes and chalk it up as a vain attempt at being cool or maybe I would encourge him to listen to more bands like that and open his mind up and bit...but blah you either see my point or you don't so whatever....

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

this guy has no business putting out a live cd at this point. I guess you gotta hit it while its hot. But man, who would buy this.

RFTC needs a live cd, not these clowns. GET ON IT VAGRANT!!!

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

lame...
this dude stands for nothing. A lot of meaningless music made is simply a mix of youthful rebellion with teen angst, and DC is exclusively the latter, with trite and meaningless lyrics. I've seen DC live once before all this shit blew up and while I have to admit he's good with the teenage angst there is no meaning behind it. All of his fans will one day realize the complete inconsequentiality of this music and forget about it. This "making out" emo is the polar opposite of Joe Strummer, who gave us meaningful music throughout his life, and would have continued to if not for his untimely death.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

why is this shit even on this site? People complain about Nirvana and other shit being reported on this site but, Dashboard?? ohh maybe because he has tattoos and looks as though he 'may' be punk, sort of the way good charlotte makes themselves look punk. jesus, i can't believe this shit

pwfanatic (January 7, 2003)

two things: first, a guy a few posts down said that people always rate things to highly on this website, and i know that i tend to give high marks for the few things i have reviewed. but to that guy, i tell you this: most likely it is because people go out and buy albums that they have heard good things about or albums they like from bands they like. so unless the band pulls an H2O, most likely, they are gonna give the album a good mark. combine this with the initial "the newest cd i bought is the best thing on the face of the earth" and it is hard to find faults. we are only human. if you don't like the reviews, than write 500 of your own with one star ratings and hope they get posted.

now, secondly, this review was great. even though i really, really don't like dashboard confessional nor his stereotypical fans, i loved the reviewers final comments...that punk goes acoustic cd might be genius, we never know.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

Fuck DBC. I can't believe you people who stick up for this shit. All the camp-councilor stuff and odd obsessive fans aside, DBC makes truly awful songs with truly awful lyrics. He and all these other supposed "emotional" bands are just popping up lately to cash in. And, obviously, its working.

punkboy_1 (January 7, 2003)

before i get attacked by hundreds of comments, let me say that i don't think this is true punk music. but i do think that it is good. besides the annoying crowd, i really like this. proceed with the attacking now.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

Everything he's ever recorded sucks, but I saw him open for Weezer this summer and I have to admit he puts on a pretty respectable live show.

It's amazing because I was expecting him just to be some jock who was writing sensitive songs to get chicks. The thing is he's actually a wuss though, so if nothign else, when you see him live you understand if nothing else that he's actually being honest, which is something you can't say for 99% of the crap out there.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

I would've liked this review if it was just "Dashboard Confessional is for wussies!"

9/10 for this? Please. People throw around way too many high rankings on this site. Of course, that's a fact of life when reviews are open to everyone...and most people make no effort to consider the albums they're reviewing in relation to other albums.

If Dashboard confessional deserves a 9/10, then there have been about three billion albums produced in the past 20 years that deserve 10's.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

"Well he said he basicly said if people he did not like started to listen to punk rock bands he liked, he would stop listening to those bands. So obviously these people's opinions are important enough to make him stop listening to the music he likes. If that's not clear enough for you...I can't help ya..."

no, i think he said if those people started liking those bands he would stop. it's not that he cares what they think, it's that he doesnt like them so if they started to like the things he liked, he would like something else. he doesnt like them...he doesnt want to be like them
the[]muffin[]girl

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

ha, i have one of those wrist bands but i didn't know it was patriotic? heh, isn't it just blue and red and white? oh well. i'm actually wearing it.
the[]muffin[]girl

hein (January 7, 2003)

Haha, I've been in serious doubt if I ever would submit this review on this site, because I know how much you all like to shit at this kind of music.

I have to admit, I don't understand it myself either. True, I'm not the prototype of the "real" punk maybe (or what you regard it to be), but I definitely like a lot of stuff from hardcore, streetpunk and other genuine punkbands. I know I said this way too often and it sounds a bit as if I'm the know-it-all, but I think I can say I have quite a good look on what's going on in the punkrock comunity thanks to being involved in it for something like 20 years now. I have been listening to a damn lot of music over these years and all I can say is this: Dashboard Confessional isn't punkmusic for sure, but they are one of the few things that I dig which are not really punk. It's amazing that a lot of others in this community ARE thinking the same way. Can anyone tell me WHY this is, instead of keep telling me they're assholes? I'm looking for this answer for a while now. And why is it that people who don't like my taste always instantly know that this music is out of my recordcollection?

OK, continue spitting it out now.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

bleh. isn't it more exciting to find bands that aren't so overly exposed?
the[]muffin[]girl

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

So, to you, punk rock is about not caring about what anyone thinks about anything at anytime. Regardless if it has anything to do with something you have personally done, said, or dressed in. ok, maybe what he said is retarded, but your definition seems a little extreme to me.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

"Punk rock is about not caring what other people think, but I don't think he cares what they think of him. I must have missed the part where he said that."

Well he said he basicly said if people he did not like started to listen to punk rock bands he liked, he would stop listening to those bands. So obviously these people's opinions are important enough to make him stop listening to the music he likes. If that's not clear enough for you...I can't help ya...

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

I think there are punk ideals still in the underground scene, but it's become more just indie music because with the exception of a few styles out there, most of the bands that actually have those ideals don't sound typically punk anyway. This, however, is crap.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

Punk rock is about not caring what other people think, but I don't think he cares what they think of him. I must have missed the part where he said that.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

"you all never cease to amaze me. shut the hell up, no one cares what you think punk rock is, and no one cares if you live or die."

Well, no one cares what you think...about anything. Time for you to go away.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

"well if a ton of people that I didn't like started listening to strike anywhere, the explosion, the lawrence arms, and dillinger four (some of my favorite bands) I think I would stop listening to punk and just move to Nepal or some place where there is no punk rock."

What a moron. I thought punk rock was about not caring what other people think?

--J

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

Why wasn't Jesus born in Australia?

Cuz they couldn't find three wisemen and a virgin.

By the way, this record sucks. If you want some good live stuff, check out the Built To Spill live record.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

you all never cease to amaze me. shut the hell up, no one cares what you think punk rock is, and no one cares if you live or die.

chris carraba was good in vacant andys and fsf, and the first dashboard record was some good shit. but, he didnt need a backup band, and his new songs do indeed suck. this album is purely annoying only because of the idiots singing throughout the entire performance, and the fact that chris carraba can't sing. so i guess the whole record sucks? i'm not quite sure.

zim_nation (January 7, 2003)

Punk rock has hardly been "raped and killed" by MTV and Hot Topic. It's still there - just because some bands are popular and they happen to share some of the ideas of the punk community doesn't mean that punk rock is dead. Try your "local scene" - I'm sure there are plenty of underground bands you could be supporting instead.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

"And you are probably someone who thinks they are punk, fucking dumbass homophobes"

One comment makes him a "homophobe"? Sure.

chimericalburst (January 7, 2003)

raise your hand if you remember nirvana's mtv unplugged. now that's what i call music :)

-cburst

p.s. if kurt cobain had only lived a few years longer, i'm pretty sure he would have put that rifle mr. carraba's mouth rather than (hypothetically) his own.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

"What a wussy I am huh...maybe I should label Fearless's upcoming release "Punk Goes Acoustic" my most anticipated release for 2003 now."

"wow your gay"

And you are probably someone who thinks they are punk, fucking dumbass homophobes.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

well if a ton of people that I didn't like started listening to strike anywhere, the explosion, the lawrence arms, and dillinger four (some of my favorite bands) I think I would stop listening to punk and just move to Nepal or some place where there is no punk rock.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

Watch all the clueless kids who think they know what punk is or was ever about defend this crap. I wish I could give this garbage a BIG FUCKING ZERO.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

This is what happens when the music industry figures out that this particular cycle of pop-music is in it's dieing days and tries to latch on and package something more "real". Now they've suckered all the mall emo and punk kids into buying this shit as punk rock and they support it. I agree, punk has been raped and killed by Hot Topic and Mtv.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

We don't have to have a long conversation about what punk is or isn't. We'll keep it short, this is not punk rock, neither is Blink182, Sum41, NFG, or any other Mtv punk band. Not just because they're on Mtv either. Punk rock has been raped and killed by Mtv and Hot Topic.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

"would you rather listen to this unplugged or to mariah carey unplugged?"

I would rather listen to neither. You watch WAAAAY too much MTV, if you think everybody tunes in for Unplugged.

gutterhippo (January 7, 2003)

Since it seems like no one commenting here liked the cd, i guess i'll be the first. I really love listening to this cd. It really captures the essence of his live shows. And the cd is mixed really well, so the crowd doesn't overpower chris. The dvd on the other hand has horribly mixed sound. One part that comes to mind is in "Hands Down" when the people in the crowd yell out the lyrics "hey did you get some?" and it was painfully out of tune with chris. so, yeah, to all three of you dashboard fans on this site, you'll like the cd, but the dvd might get a little annoying.
and to the rest of you who hate dashboard for some reason, would you rather listen to this unplugged or to mariah carey unplugged? What is wrong with good music getting the recognition it deserves? Well, i guess most of you think it's horrible music, but in any case, now vagrant records and their bands are getting more well deserved recognition. and at least now mtv is starting to turn away from that hip hop bullshit and look to better music. and, even if punk was completely accepted into the mainstream, is there anything wrong with people genuinely liking the same music that you love? Would you change your musical tastes just because someone that you think less of decides to start listening to your music? I don't want to get into a long and drawn out discussion of what punk is, but that doesn't seem very punk for people to hate other people just because of the music they listen to. alright, sorry to interupt the flow, the dc bashing can continue now

*arvind!
http://thenoradssuck.cjb.net
http://www.mp3.com /the_norads

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

I was going to review this, but I let him do it...Anyways...In the beginning of the DVD they keep showing some fat almost bald headed kid. He is hilarious to watch, check 'em out.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/~uw/
(My feet are cold)

waste_elite (January 7, 2003)

this is fat adolescent girl music...

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

I heard to the singer dude was pro-war with Iraq. That makes him the lamest man in the U.S.. Or you COULD be one of his fans. Haha.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

Really funny to watch and even listen to. This is proof of how stupid "emo" is. It even has a fucking stupid name! And, yeah, my sister taped this piece of shit and was watching it last night... Really funny. I spent the two of the most unintentionally funny minutes of my life watching you, DBC. Thank you for that. Oh yeah, you had a booger in one of your nostrils that was exposed in one of the many times you lifted your head up to sing. I also liked your patriotic wrist-band. For a supposed "off-shoot" of punk, Emo sure is pro-system and do-nothing.

chad (January 7, 2003)

god i wanted to shoot the crowd in the face.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

I wonder how much poontang he got from fat 13-year old girls who wear "princess" t-shirt after this taping. He didn't get any action like that in FSF...

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

It is honestly comical to watch. I don't like this at all, but I'm not saying it was funny just because I hate it. These ugly geeks singing along with this crap like they're sitting around a campfire and Dashboard is the camp counciler/child molester leading the charge. FUCKING WIERD.

TheOneTrueBill (January 7, 2003)

tear jerkers? ha! as i write this i'm listening to my "Bedtime for Democracy" LP, and i realize even more how much i hate Dashboard, and most of the fans are annoying too.

i watched 5 minutes of the show on MTV, and i laughed straight through

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

Mall emo at its worst.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

"What a wussy I am huh...maybe I should label Fearless's upcoming release "Punk Goes Acoustic" my most anticipated release for 2003 now."

wow your gay

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

dashboard doing an unplugges show was a pretty lame idea.....now ll cool j on unplugged? fucking birlliant.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

Dashboard should seriously start playing his older stuff off of "swiss army romance" and quit all of the newer songs. that old disc was unbalievably good, the new stuff is just ok/filler.

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock***** (at school)

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

Hey Hein, did you realize that this Bro released an MTV Unplugged album when the music was already...*gasp* unplugged!?

Come on, MTV Unplugged was a cool idea, but getting an acoustic artist to record an unplugged concert is stupid...

well so is Dashboard Confessional, so whatever....

Jimi

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