Various - Punk vs Emo (Cover Artwork)


Various: Punk vs EmoPunk vs Emo (2003)

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Contributed by: adamAdam
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‚?¶and everyone loses!

I'm not of the mindset that you can successfully represent an entire genre of music on an album, so I'm not too surprised that this compilation fails to deliver. The problem being that there are no more than a few really decent songs here for each genre. Even the involved bands that have solid track records (Down By Law, The Forgotten, The Queers, Snuff among others) don't really contribute any seriously interesting tracks to Punk vs Emo.

However aside from a few notable punk bands that may fit on this type of compilation, the majority of the tracks are really b-level stuff. Not to insult the bands involved, but none really stand out stylistically or creatively. This problem plagues the emo side as well, even though it features more rising bands like Further Seems Forever, Over It and Rufio.

This compilation is plagued by a lack of focus, which is really the death knell for a concept album. Both sides feature bands that are far too close to crossing into the other style, making the divide between the two a lot less apparent and ultimately less engaging. Couple that with the fact that "emo" is poorly defined in general:. It's a lazy catchall term used to refer to any number of styles that we formerly called pop-punk, indie rock and post-hardcore. Collecting it in this way just proves how easily the definition falls apart.

Of course I'm judging this compilation solely based on the fact that it doesn't live up to its title. However everything about this is meant to foster a debate, particulary the website where you vote for the best tracks on each side. For something that's supposed to get the pop-punk kids talking, this may do nothing more than put them to sleep. If your in dire need of a really competent "Punk vs Emo" compilation you could just hot glue the jewel cases from BYO's Sample This Too! and Deep Elm's Emo Diaries 1 together for better results.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
isappp (December 26, 2006)

Emo sucks so much !! emo and punk are not alike at all... !!! theyr opposites and whoever makes them look alike sucks

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

i like the album cause it proves emo kiks punks ass get emotions mothr fuckrs

thejoshbennett (January 12, 2006)

Fucking emo kids and their goddamn pussy attitudes, QUIT TAKING FEMALE HORMONES YOU FUCKING PUSSIES!

Anonymous (July 27, 2005)

punk = a kind of "lifestyle" with ideas behind it
emo = just a trend..... you can't put them together

Anonymous (December 14, 2003)

this CD is so bad that it's brilliant. i would say it a bad joke but i'm laughing too hard.

Anonymous (October 2, 2003)

My vote for album of the year!!


captaincrackhead (October 2, 2003)

Why in the hell do we even mention punk and emo in the same sentence. I am so sick of this emo shit I want to beat the next person I hear playing this shit over the head with their acoustic. Stop fucking crying you pussies.

WackyWabbit (September 30, 2003)

damn that guy looks like he fell asleep with the micraphone in his hand, punk vs emo.....damn why don't they just fight and kill each other. Or better yet have the singer of emo bands take on the singers to punk or hardcore bands in street fights.....give the emo kids something to cry about when they see their favorite emo singer get the shit beat out of them

Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

i might buy this just for the cover. frame it perhaps.

boba_fett (September 29, 2003)

here's betting that this review makes the top ten most read cause everybody comes here to laugh at the cd cover.

Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

oh my God, this cover gets funnier and funnier everytime I look at it.

Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

You know that saying "dont judge a book by a cover"?

Well in this case, that doesn't apply.

i-type-poorly (September 29, 2003)

"photoshop? c'mon guys, don't give em too much credit. MS Paint."
hahah true. I actually wanted to say Paint, but i thought it would go over everyone's heads for some reason.

thenick (September 29, 2003)

oh yea. but this comp is crap. and the cover is ridiculous. but the idea, couldve been good.

thenick (September 29, 2003)

maybe, it was supposed to have bands that blur the lines crossing into the other category and showing there are no genres or subgenres and that music is exactly that, music. and we are all one and equal.

or maybe im a jackass

Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

What I've learned from the album cover

punks like wavy hazy looking writing,and emo kids like fonts that look like they were typed on a computer from 1990.

johnnydanger (September 29, 2003)

photoshop? c'mon guys, don't give em too much credit. MS Paint.

Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

Whenever I'm feeling down, I figure all I really need to do is take a look at the album cover for a quick laugh!

mar310 (September 29, 2003)

no really. that cover is a pile.

Anonymous (September 28, 2003)

'I'm on my way to buy it now!

insincere dave'

hahaha, there he is!

boba_fett (September 28, 2003)

"this looks like the worst put together comp ever, that cover looks like crap, and everyone knows that anyone that listens to emo should just cut to the end of the story and kill themselves"

that was too rich! my score is for that comment.

Anonymous (September 28, 2003)

hahaha,stupid album cover

Sara (no h)

CallingLondon (September 27, 2003)

"also emo is usually best done when the singer has no singing voice so it sounds rough and bad"


Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

i got this in the mail for free. it came in a plastic bag, no shit

Fuzzy (September 27, 2003)

Maybe it was really just a commentary on how closely related the two genres have become as they've grown older. They may be trying to show the "scenes", so to speak, how they are drifting towards each other in content and style. Or maybe it just sucks.

GregSka (September 27, 2003)

"Man, the "emo" guy looks like a drunk fratboy doing karaoke" Ha ha, well said! Great review

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

You rule.


insinceredave (September 27, 2003)

I'm on my way to buy it now!

insincere dave

Lunk (September 27, 2003)

this score is for the chick because she looks hot.

i know it's been said, but this cd looks like a pile of shit...

...a big pile of shit, compressed into CD form.

at_the_drive_in_21 (September 27, 2003)

Man, the "emo" guy looks like a drunk fratboy doing karaoke.

TheOneTrueBill (September 27, 2003)

what down by law and forgotten songs are on here?

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

who else is on the punk rock wall of shame?

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

I have to get a poster of that cover for my Punk Rock Wall Of Shame!!

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

emo bands don't even make good sad/love songs, the best ones are made by bands that don't normally write that stuff

also emo is usually best done when the singer has no singing voice so it sounds rough and bad

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

the punk side represents a belvedere song...that's enough to make this thing good...but just buy the belvedere split instead...rock

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

With that cover art they could have at least named this mofo: "Trying our damnedest to kill both punk and emo" and confirmed what everyone thought.

This score is for mentioning the BYO Sample This Too! comp. Go out and buy that instead.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

Why even have a comp like this? This is the problem with music today...TOO MANY FUCKING LABLES!!! There is emo, punk, hardcore, pop-punk, screamo, emo-core...the list goes on and on. There is no such thing as emo anyways. Emo stands for emotional. All music is emotional not just heartbreak. music is emo even if it has happiness, sadness, anger, or anything like that. punk is what you make it. punk is punk. if a band is making music for their fans and the music they want to make they are punk even if they are making money doing it.

Manman (September 26, 2003)

This accurately represents the "punk" and emo scenes rather well. They are just fakey trends that kids pass through because everyone else is doing it. I am going off of nothing but the cover here, but I think this would probably be quality entertainment. Unless, that is, you actually are an emoron or something, then you would probably take offense to being depicted so thoroughly. Caio!

Leandro (September 26, 2003)

This review gets my award for making me laugh the fastest

captaincrunch (September 26, 2003)

Hey Adam, can you send me the cd booklet in the mail? I can't get over how hilarious it is. Seriously, I spit phlegm all over my keyboard the first time I clicked on the review because it was so unbelievable and I was laughing so hard. I want to put it on my wall.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

The fucking cover is ridiculous. The word "emo" is in a futuristic font straight out of an 80s movie. The guy on the cover represents emo? It looks like it was pasted together by a little kid. -Jay

adam (September 26, 2003)

Recordings: No, the forgotten are included in the "few notable punk bands that may fit on this type of compilation." Although there are much better Forgotten songs in my opinion.


Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

The emo bands arne't emo and most of the punk bands suck.

Who's idea was this?

recordings (September 26, 2003)

i hope you werent including the forgotten when you said that the bands were too similar to the other side, etc. yikes.

and seriously, whats with the cover art. sweet mother thats awful.

TheOneTrueBill (September 26, 2003)

what down by law song is on this:?

Yellowtrash (September 26, 2003)

Hahahaha...I love the cover! It's so cheesy that it deserves a 10! The only problem with all of this is that this label putting out the disc seem to be capitalizing both word Punk and Emo! Where's the irony? Anyone?

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

Wow, that goes down as quite possibly the worst CD cover of all time!

I'm still laughing...

TahoeJeff (September 26, 2003)

its real cover..Ive seen in record stores....And I have to agree the word emo is too general..and way overused

captaincrunch (September 26, 2003)

That cover can't be real. That looks like something in the 2.99 shelf at a truckstop next to the register.

Way too funny. Oh man that is rediculous.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

this looks like the worst put together comp ever, that cover looks like crap, and everyone knows that anyone that listens to emo should just cut to the end of the story and kill themselves

i-type-poorly (September 26, 2003)

"That's it. Scene's dead. Go home."
quote of the day

Wow, what a cheep, sorry, piece of garbage comp. It looks like some 15 year old just got into music. Went on google image search, found the first punk and emo pictures. Then just took 20 seconds to phoshop up a cd cover. This is blandest trash i have ever seen.

inagreendase (September 26, 2003)

Yeah, I thought the same exact thing when I looked at the tracklisting long ago. "This band is kind of emo...emo pop-punk anyway, but..." The band listing is confusing, it's true, they're really not separated in a given fashion like the title presumes.

9 for the review, 10 for the first line.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

"there's a fine line between clever and stupid"

this is stupid.

-the phantom-

thriceequalsgod (September 26, 2003)

that review was pretty funny. tee hee.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

That fight was bullshit and everyone knows it, I wish Foreman would have kicked Larry Merchant's ass too.

(lean and mean)

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

score is for the first three words of the review. a big disappointment just like the mosely/de la hoya fight.


Anonymous (September 26, 2003)


maverick (September 26, 2003)

That's it. Scene's dead. Go home.


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