Various - Punk Rock Is Your Friend Vol. 5 (Cover Artwork)


Various: Punk Rock Is Your Friend Vol. 5Punk Rock Is Your Friend Vol. 5 (2004)
Kung Fu Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: KirbyPuckettKirbyPuckett
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Gah, I hate compilations that have a ton of sound bites placed randomly throughout them. Kung Fu did it on the soundtrack for their first motion picture flop "That Darn Punk" and they've struck again! Mixed within the 20 actual songs on Punk Rock Is Your Friend Vol. 5 are 9 clips from the second Ku.

Gah, I hate compilations that have a ton of sound bites placed randomly throughout them. Kung Fu did it on the soundtrack for their first motion picture flop "That Darn Punk" and they've struck again! Mixed within the 20 actual songs on Punk Rock Is Your Friend Vol. 5 are 9 clips from the second Kung Fu feature film "Cakeboy." They're annoying, not that funny, and kill the flow of the music.

Sorry, had to get that out of the way first.

Once we get to the music things shape up; Kung Fu does an excellent job at creating compilations, whereas so many labels tend to fail. The majority of the songs are unreleased, demos, and a few live recordings from the Show Must Go Off DVD series, while the previously released ones steer listeners to a handful of decent records.

Jumping on the metalcore bandwagon, Kung Fu has signed Underminded. Two of their demos are available here and there's nothing different about them than any other bunch of guys in the heavily Thrice influenced genre. A Japanese rendition of "Utsukushii Shibuya" added a unique touch and is a surprisingly enjoyable cut from the recently defunct Ozma. The disappointing new song from No Use For A Name, "This Ain't No Way To Live," probably should have remained an unused scrap from Hard Rock Bottom. "Dawn On A Funeral Day," the unreleased cut from Tsunami Bomb, is the strongest asset of the compilation. Agent M's voice has matured immensely since their latest studio effort and their record on the horizon should do well if the songs sound this rich. Even pop-punkers Useless I.D. chime in well with their upbeat chugging guitars. The prime annoyances are dance remixes of "Roundabout" by Tsunami Bomb and "Lord of the Dance" by the Vandals, skip these immediately.

The previously released songs are good choices that don't damper the mix. "Jesus Is Alive and Well (And Living in New Mexico)" from Audio Karate is the perfect introduction to the band's reborn edgy sound. "Guitar & Drum" from the new Stiff Little Fingers record is a noble pop-rock song while maintaining a classic punk bite. Kung Fu's live recordings sound amazing; "Chain Me Free" by the young and energetic Matches comes to life on the live recording. Guttermouth's "1-2-3- Slam" is just as powerful as the album version and even the legendary Adolescents spill out "Creatures" in fine fashion.

Five videos support the enhanced portion of the CD and the live takes by Goldfinger performing "Counting The Days" and The Vandals performing "Behind the Music" are well-ripped from their respectable DVDs to support that part of the label. The 80's retro glow that dominates Ozma's "Spending Time" music video is amazingly well done and an eye candy pleasure.

These things geared at firing prospective fans up about Kung Fu Records and they will succeed with the plethora of quality material that they have to offer. For those of us who own quite a bit from the label's back catalog, the compilation still lends a great sense of replay ability with the amount of extras compacted onto the media. It's only $4; your wallet won't miss that at all.


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Anonymous (August 29, 2004)

to Jesse

I don't know you and I don't care why you hate so much people but I just wanted to clear up something about you and this writer:

This guy can clearly do good reviews, while none of yours has impressed me so far.

That's it, my unbiased opinion.

Anonymous (August 26, 2004)

Hahaha for a second I thought the last comment said "this music makes me want to throw my cat out the window - again."

Anonymous (August 26, 2004)

this music makes me want to throw a cat out of a four story window.------vegan

Crookedsuperhero (August 26, 2004)

Da na na.

Anonymous (August 26, 2004)

I think the title of these comps are ironic, considering their content.

Conduit (August 26, 2004)

Thrice influences metalcore? Thats weird....I was under the impression that metal and hardcore influenced them.

Anonymous (August 25, 2004)


The Vandals did NOT write that song. Are you new or something?

Anonymous (August 25, 2004)

i don't think glory daze is considered a kung fu movie since the dvd is made by columbia/tri-star

Anonymous (August 25, 2004)

how funny is it when you see Ben Affleck flopping through his records like "NOFX, OpIvy..." in Glory Daze? score's for Matt Damon in Glory Daze.

Anonymous (August 25, 2004)

someone already mentioned below, but i felt the need to restate the fact that NUFAN did not write the song...the vandals did...and well the vandals suck...so clearly the song would suck...

beaarthur (August 25, 2004)

Now I'm wondering if Glory Daze is fully considered a Kung Fu movie.

Regardless, no Kung Fu sampler is complete without an Assorted Jelly Beans song.

beaarthur (August 25, 2004)

"for their first motion picture flop ‚??That Darn Punk‚?Ě and they‚??ve struck again!"

Glory Daze came out way before that.

theOneTrueBill (August 25, 2004)

No mention of the God Awfuls.

kirbypuckett (August 25, 2004)

I know WHO they are. I'm just not FAMILIAR with them.

- Kirby

Jesse (August 25, 2004)

"the legendary Adolescents"

Remember when you didn't know who they are and gave their DVD a bad score? I guess they're legendary now...

Kung-Fu can suck my nuts.

Anonymous (August 24, 2004)

hey scott when I saw Audio Karate with the Lawrence Arms last weekend they opened up with "Gypsyqueen" it was a shame that only three kids save for me knew the words to either bands songs.


maverick (August 24, 2004)

The NUFAN song is completely horrible. Why won't that band just break up already? They got me into punk rock, and I owe them immensely for that, but they are so neutered now, it's ridiculous.


Chason (August 24, 2004)

score is for Useless ID and NUFAN

Anonymous (August 24, 2004)

Sorry dude. That's a NUFAN original.

Anonymous (August 24, 2004)

The Vandals wrote "This Ain't No Way to Live." NUFAN just performed it.

Just wanted to clear that up, because it truly is an awful song.

Anonymous (August 24, 2004)

a few great punk bands on here...alot of pop bands too unfortunately.

Anonymous (August 24, 2004)

And this is somehow better than the Police Injustice comp?

Kirby is drunk when he scores these pieces of shit.


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