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Various: Punk-O-Rama 10 [CD/DVD]Punk-O-Rama 10 [CD/DVD] (2005)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: ElVaqueroElVaquero
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Another year, another comp. But wait, this one is significant! Other reviews have covered the significance of the release quite well, so I won't go into it that much. It is still amazing to see how far Epitaph has come since the days of needing to put more than one song by their popular bands to mov.
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Another year, another comp. But wait, this one is significant! Other reviews have covered the significance of the release quite well, so I won't go into it that much. It is still amazing to see how far Epitaph has come since the days of needing to put more than one song by their popular bands to move units. They truly have grown up a lot over the past decade (just talking about the comps, not the years they've been around) and it's greatly appreciated. I don't think I would buy Punk-O-Rama Vol. 1 if it came out in 2005, and this is exactly why Epitaph is so strong. They've committed to adapting to the broadening scope of the independent music scene and have even helped create some innovations of their own with bringing so many diverse groups under the same umbrella. Even if they're still releasing music by bands way past their prime or era of relevance, they have brought enough new ideas to the table that we can accept one more Pennywise album.

In an effort to break down a bit of review structure, I'm going to be very informal (that means swearing!) on this review and segment the disc into the good tracks, the bad tracks, and the awesome tracks. One thing to get out of the way: There are a lot of filler tracks on the album and a huge number of boring songs that if you've already heard the band then you know exactly what the song sounds like.

The "Good"
Here we go: Motion City Soundtrack, Matchbook Romance, Sage Francis, Scatter The Ashes, Millencolin, Dropkick Murphys, Rancid (it's an old track from that time that they sucked), Pulley, the Special Goodness, and Roger Miret & The Disasters. Obviously, some people are going to try and murder my dog for saying that their favorite band is boring and not worth recognition. The truth of it is I listened to the comp several times and while I can remember what each band sounds like, they were just so mediocre that I can't be bothered to separate them into bad or awesome, they were just sort of there.

The Bad
There were a few truly awful songs on this compilation and some that just weren't very good. Let's find out what they were.

  • The Matches - I just don't get this band at all; it's all way too polished-pop-punk for me. Notice that I said the sound is polished, not the recording (I can read). It's not that I hate fun (I love Andrew WK), but this song just sounds juvenile. Probably would've been awesome when I was a freshman in high school but alack.
  • From First To Last - Not only is this bunch of emo-gone-metalcore douche-bags the worst thing about Epitaph, but I'm pretty sure they're the worst thing about modern music. Completely fucking terrible. The only good thing I can say about this song is that it gives my skip forward button some rare exercise. UGH.
  • This Is Me Smiling - This is me not giving a shit about some dude freaking out on a keyboard in the middle of an already terrible, emolicious track.
  • Pennywise - Shit, even Millencolin was able to muster some change in their sound after as many years. This is as fresh as your grandmother's (ahem).
  • Some Girls - This band probably isn't that bad, but the placement and tracking makes this thing really hard to listen to. Very jarring and not in a good way. Didn't Zeke do a song called "Let's Get Drugs" anyways? That song ruled.
  • The Offspring - If you liked Smash you'll probably dig this. I didn't dig Smash.
  • The Unseen - This band looks like the Casualties but their music is almost decent. Almost.
The Awesome
Only a handful of these, but there are actually some surprises and some rare tracks that make it worth the $8.
  • NOFX - I think this track is off one of their 7" Of The Month Club things. In any case, it's classic NOFX and you can take that as you will. I like it.
  • Tiger Army - One of the better tracks off their latest album, which was fairly awesome all around. Hard to get tired of the song.
  • The Coup - This song's pretty sweet, even if the chorus gets annoying. Hope the album is full of tracks at least this good (and even more hopefully, better). Political hip-hop fits better on Epitaph than stuff like Eyedea and Atmosphere. I mean actual political hip-hop, not Sage Francis.
  • Hot Water Music - Yeehaw! Who doesn't love this band? Maybe their last song ever.
  • Dangerdoom - I bought this comp specifically for this song and it delivers on all levels. It's really interesting to see Doom be paired with a more straight-forward, albeit very good straight-forward producer like Dangermouse. What's even more interesting is that Epitaph had the sense to get the best emcee in rap to be on their label.
  • Youth Group - Where the hell did this band come from? Epitaph sure didn't promote them very well, but it's a good thing they got the best song from their album AND a video on this release. People better go out and start buying this shit. You'll dig it if you like the Weakerthans, but that also begs the question: Where's my unreleased Weakerthans?!
  • Converge - In my opinion, Converge is the best modern hardcore group. This song's got some shouting instead of some screaming, maybe kids will start to dig it.
  • Bad Religion - Damn, this song is old. Damn, this band is old. Daaaaamn, it doesn't even matter. Rockin'.
The DVD
Now, this is the real reason to go out and buy the compilation. This thing has twenty-one music videos pulling from all corners of the Epitaph map so there's got to be something for everyone. The From First To Last video puts a stamp and steal on their official title of world's douchiest band. The video is probably one of the most hilarious things I've seen, just because of all the douchedociery going on, from the douches playing music and being all douchetastically dramatic to the doucheular stupid imagery. Thankfully, the Youth Group video not long later is pretty awesome, plus it's a different awesome song than what's on the CD, so that's a grand total of awesome from the band. Tiger Army finally puts together a good music video and it turns out fantastic; probably convinced more than a few kids to sign up with Suicide Girls. The Weakerthans video for their awesome song "The Reasons" is by far the best vid on here; going to prison never seemed so fun. Some other awesome videos come from Bad Religion, the Coup, the Matches (this song is a lot better than the one on the comp, plus the vid is sweet), and the Black Keys. The rest may just be filler depending on your taste, but overall the DVD is worth the cost alone considering what a DVD like this would cost from any other company. Epitaph also has boatloads of other music videos in the archives, so they could just grow rich by throwing thirty of them on each volume and release a dozen or so.

So I glossed over most of the DVD and sampler, true, but there is an incredible amount of material contained on both. Each person will have their own new favorites, old favorites, and songs that they skip. I can't imagine anyone actually enjoying all of the songs on here, but likewise I can't really see anyone hating them all either. That's what makes this worth the little money.

Track listings:
CD:
  1. When "You're" Around - Motion City Soundtrack
  2. Lovers & Liars - Matchbook Romance
  3. Shoot Me in the Smile - the Matches
  4. Failure By Designer Jeans - From First To Last
  5. Sun vs. Moon - Sage Francis
  6. News from the Front - Bad Religion
  7. Mixin' Up Adjectives - This Is Me Smiling
  8. Shadowland - Youth Group
  9. From the Tops of Trees - Scatter the Ashes
  10. I Need Drugs - Some Girls
  11. Mince Meat - Dangerdoom
  12. Mission from God - The Offspring
  13. Black Cloud - Converge
  14. Last Goodbyes - Hot Water Music
  15. Anchors Aweigh [Live] - Bouncing Souls
  16. Farewell My Hell - Millencolin
  17. Warrior's Code - Dropkick Murphys
  18. Dead Weight Falls - the Unseen
  19. White Knuckle Ride - Rancid
  20. Falling Down - Pennywise
  21. No Fun in Fundamentalism - NOFX
  22. Bloodstain - Pulley
  23. Not the Way - Special Goodness
  24. Ghostfire - Tiger Army
  25. Riot, Riot, Riot - Roger Miret & The Disasters
  26. Laugh/Love/F*** - the Coup
DVD:
  1. Ride the Wings of Pestilence - From First To Last
  2. My Eyes Burn - Matchbook Romance
  3. Ray - Millencolin
  4. Skeleton Jar - Youth Group
  5. Eagles Become Vultures - Converge
  6. Tu Puta Mi Casa - C. Aarme
  7. Rose of the Devil's Garden - Tiger Army
  8. Chain Me Free - the Matches
  9. Los Angeles Is Burning - Bad Religion
  10. Ride the Fence - The Coup
  11. Caesura - Scatter the Ashes
  12. Reasons - The Weakerthans
  13. 10 AM Automatic - Black Keys
  14. National Disgrace - Atmosphere
  15. Miss Take - Horrorpops
  16. Tessie - Dropkick Murphys
  17. Anchors Aweigh - Bouncing Souls
  18. Insects Destroy - Pulley
  19. Riot Riot Riot - The Disasters
  20. Glass - Eyedea & Abilities
  21. NFA - Special Goodness

 

 
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nikko (February 19, 2006)

pennywise isnt that bad even if they sound the same or w/e and i prefer old rancid than new

psychoos231 (July 11, 2005)

Rancid (itís an old track from that time that they sucked)
-- wtf!??! That was a stupid thing to say, you suck

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

From First To Last - Not only is this bunch of emo-gone-metalcore douche-bags the worst thing about Epitaph, but I’m pretty sure they’re the worst thing about modern music. Completely fucking terrible. The only good thing I can say about this song is that it gives my skip forward button some rare exercise. UGH.

So true. Somebody tell the "singer" that throwing up on stage is fuckin' tired.

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

wow, i didn't read any comments below, so sorry if i'm repeating

i bought every punk-o-rama until about 6 (starting with 1 and 2 before 3 came out) but stopped because it just seemed like i'd heard all of epitaph's bands a million times

i know this isn't too original....maybe its time to stop calling it "punk"-o-rama, and call it "epitaph"-o-rama or something

i don't know

i don't hate epitaph, just a lot of the bands that they've signed

-the other scott

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

Best Punkorama in a very long time. Props to the E for signing some crazy shit.

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

Reviewer's a fag.

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

score is for owning punk o rama vol. 1 or 2 before vol. 3 or higher came out.

paul

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

i'm liking all the 'fucking's being thrown into reviews lately. makes for a better read. the FFAF had em too.

and the matches sound juvenile cuz they are like...21 or something. they're solid live, i see why mr. brett signed them. good energy and they ARE skilled musicians, even if you cant get into them

from first to last has agreat drummer. he should really find himself a cooler band, preferably straight up metal.

paul

stevejonestherealbones (June 27, 2005)

"everywhere i look different signs tell me what to do
stop and go. yes or no. dont do that and dont do this.

thought control is a poison idea.
thought control is a poison idea."

fuck yeah, RKL, that song is rad. i used to own that punk o rama i dont know what happened to it

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anchors (June 27, 2005)

Honestly dude, I had no idea 'douche' could be used in such a plethora of insulting manners.

Well done, well done indeed.

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

Score's for the review. Really well-written and packed with useful info. Other reviewers take note.

chokingvictim (June 26, 2005)

guess you never listened to the early punk-o-ramas then. they had dfl, snfu, agnostic front, etc. hardcore acts all.

thought control really is a poison idea.

-------------------------------------------------------- -----------------

I use the term "hardcore" loosely. It's not like Agnostic Front sounds like Some Girls or anything.

Anonymous (June 26, 2005)

The "good" bands are getting too old (bouncing souls however just keep getting better).
The new bands ruin the credibility, i don't make mix cds with half shit, i make mix cds with every track good.
fuck my grammar, epitaph just has no credibility anymore for jumping on the pop-punk/emo/screamo/metalcore bandwagon.
Trying hip-hop is cool but "emo-hop" just doesn't do it for me, despite the talents of the artists. Check out atmosphere's sad clown dub DVD for some great shit.

-Not-to-Regret

Slowly fading from this site, with bad grammar. I only come here for release dates and album info.

Anonymous (June 26, 2005)

wow, not only does the reviewer not know who Some Girls are, but he puts them in the "bad" category.

that's like -50,000 points right there.

Anonymous (June 26, 2005)

Epitaph is the only label that means anything anymore. They have the gonads to release whatever the fuck they want, stay independent, and treat their artists right, all despite the shitstorm of negativity coming from the punk police. I don't like everything they put out, but Sage Francis, Youth Group, Bad Religion, Motion City Soundtrack, Weakerthans, and virtually the entire Anti- roster place them shoulder to shoulder with any decent label around. The comp is decent.

rkl (June 26, 2005)

Various - Punk-O-Rama 10 [CD/DVD]
Posted by chokingvictim on 2005-06-24 18:51:51

But they are really gonna have to rename these comps if they keep putting emo, hip-hop, and hardcore songs on them. I appreciate the diversity, but "punk-o-rama" isn't really appropriate anymore.


i guess you never listened to the early punk-o-ramas then. they had dfl, snfu, agnostic front, etc. hardcore acts all.

thought control really is a poison idea.

Anonymous (June 26, 2005)

POR 3 was great, so may good songs. The version with Undeclinable's "7 Years" on it rules the most.

Joe

Anonymous (June 26, 2005)

punk-o-rama 2 and 3 were the best

Anonymous (June 25, 2005)

Let's Get Drugs by Zeke was a great song. I don't understand how Epitaph failed at promoting those guys. Lets Get Drugs sells itself. Oh yeah, best song on this comp, Dangerdoom. How awesome is that cat and mouse cartoon sample? I'll make mincemeat out of that mouse...indeed.

ElVaquero (June 25, 2005)

Matchbook Romance- Not at all good. I just didn't think they were so noticably bad as to make comment. They really are just completely mediocre so I had nothing to say and no room to say it.

Some Girls - Maybe I didn't clear this quite right. The track isn't so bad but putting it so near stuff like Youth Group and Scatter The Ashes is just disorienting in a bad way.

Anonymous (June 25, 2005)

Sweet comp, Epitaph is the sherriff of ballsville.

Anonymous (June 25, 2005)

This comp is unbearable. Why is it called punk-o-rama, if 80% of the bands on it has nothing to do with punk? Fuck Epitaph, fuck hip hop, fuck metal.

Anonymous (June 25, 2005)

Score is for use of the word 'emolishious', and douche and all of its variations. Haha.

Anonymous (June 25, 2005)

not getting this , i'm more into punk.

Anonymous (June 25, 2005)

the reviewer says he didn't dig smash.......that was one of the only offspring cds that i thought was decent.

Xine (June 25, 2005)

Sucks because they put the same Horrorpops video on 2 comps in row.

P-O-R has been going way downhill after Volume 5.

etwiels88 (June 24, 2005)

I hate compilations. They are never evenly mixed.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

It seems that epitaph is lagging when it comes to new punk acts. The new stuff their signing/releasing thats indie and hip hop is really good, but hardly any of their newer punk bands are above mediocre. I disagree with the matches track being bad, same with This Is Me Smiling, and there was no mention of the live Bouncing Souls, which is sick as well. I don't think this is as good as the POR haydays of 4-6, but it aint bad and gotta love the price

chasesancho (June 24, 2005)

I'm going to have to agree, having matchbook romance as a 'good' and some girls as a 'bad' just doesnt make sense. Some girls is one of the best bands to sign to that label in a long time.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

Vaq your opinion became void when you mentioned Matchbook Romance as being one of the good things from this release.

Barkley

chokingvictim (June 24, 2005)

This was OK, about what I expected it to be. I really liked the Rancid song, same with the Offspring song. The Bad Religon and NOFX songs were good too. The Roger Miret song was really good, but that's probably because it's the only song on here that has the traditional "punk" sound (in my opinion). But they are really gonna have to rename these comps if they keep putting emo, hip-hop, and hardcore songs on them. I appreciate the diversity, but "punk-o-rama" isn't really appropriate anymore.

By the way, I don't understand the matches either.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

you are saying this comp is shit yet you bought it for a matchbook romance video. ironic.

EMOHOLOCAUST (June 24, 2005)

This release absolutely wasted my money
fuck i cant even listen to half the tracks here. It's a complete waste of time. I brought it just for the matchbook romance video in the dvd section. But shit samplers arent suppose to cost us buyers more than $5. But still this cd is gonna be my next dust collector. Yeah epitaph has gone the way of shitty major labels like columbia or rca, signing shitload of lame ass bands everywhere.

Kenjamin (June 24, 2005)

You're right, converge aren't no Ataris. More Ataris reviews please!!

irish_joo (June 24, 2005)

Cal Ripken Jr had over 400 hrs and over 3,000 hits. I don't really think he was a hack

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

the Matches don't sound anything like old Bouncing Souls. the singer's voice sounds a little like Greg, but that's it.

and Cal Ripken Jr. was a hack. the last decade of his streak was mediocre at best, yet they kept him in the lineup every day.

jamespastepunk (June 24, 2005)

Converge is the best modern hardcore group?

Shit, that's funny.

elliot (June 24, 2005)

wow, i just realized that the first four tracks are possibly the worst way to start a "punk" comp. i don't count sage francis in there, because that's actual good music. but man, those first four tracks.....not cool.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

Great review. But you're dead wrong about the Matches. Just think "early Bouncing Souls with better production" and you're there.

OC

slippy (June 24, 2005)

or maybe they "are".

slippy (June 24, 2005)

I think Scatter the Ashes is cool.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

score is for mf doom and anything he is related to.

pastepunk (June 24, 2005)

Youth Group - Where the hell did this band come from? Epitaph sure didnít promote them very well, but itís a good thing they got the best song from their album AND a video on this release. People better go out and start buying this shit. Youíll dig it if you like the Weakerthans, but that also begs the question: Whereís my unreleased Weakerthans?!

---

As an FYI - Epitaph merely licensed the Youth Group album from its Australian label, Ivy Records. The album has been previously released for quite some time. They have been promoting it in full in the US, but more so w/ the indie rock press (which makes plenty of sense). And honestly, what better promotion is there to stick a song of theirs on a Punk o rama compilation which is going to sell fairly well all summer long. I like it a whole lot too.

CantSitStill (June 24, 2005)

i'm having trouble deciding if From First To Last wants to be:
1) The Used
or
2) My Chemical Romance

either way, they sucky sucky five dolla!

-Strewtho- (June 24, 2005)

"Ride the Wings of Pestilence"
Add that to the list of shite things about this band, that's a title you might've thought was cool when you were 12.

"if this is kissing an angel" "THEN I'D RATHER BURN IN HELL!!!!" - Away From Here

sickboi (June 24, 2005)

I've always had a soft spot for DKM, but if that music video has all kinds of Red Sox footage in it, I'm gonna be pissed. Yes, I know the history of the song, and the history of your shitty, racist and crybaby team, so don't feed me your rhetoric.

This score is for Cal Ripken, Jr. The most "real" athlete to ever play ANY sport.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

you still into simple plan jones?

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

wow this is bad like bad, bad, good, bad bad.
Hip hop on a "punk rock" comp, meh no thanks.

wannabepunktony (June 24, 2005)

If only I could use the word douche so well!

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

Mission From God is a great song. Man oh man, I hope the Offspring can write an album's worth of that kind of stuff. No more gimmicky singles shit, please. I downloaded their new song Can't Repeat, and it's pretty cool; reminiscent of Social Distortion.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

the offspring song is great. it's a song that didn't make it on ignition

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

The Offspring track makes me reminisce on the good times I enjoyed this band during my teen years.

The Some Girls track is one of the few highlights on this compilation.

The new Scatter The Ashes track is pretty good.

Converge = awesomeness

This Is Me Smiling...gee you think Epitaph learned from From First To Last.

The compilation doesn't really flow as good as it should have but still a solid comp.

Ramo

swingline (June 24, 2005)

why does tony get to fuck hot bitches all the time? the guy's a walking potatoe.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

like it or hate it- this is me smiling is a great band name.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

The matches are an awesome band live and I had the privelage of seeing them play the song shoot me in the smile numerous times, I expected it to be an amazing sounding song when recorded, but its not, it needs to be rerecorded the way they play it live, and they need to get someone to re produce it because it just sounds like shit right now.

psychoos231 (June 24, 2005)

The dvd looks decent. I thought it would only have like 10 vids .. i might get this after all

soulbleed (June 24, 2005)

i don't like death by stereo. i also don't really like that sage cd at all. there's a couple good songs but most of them are corny. 'gunz yo' is a good song, though.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

it's so fucking ridiculous that they didn't put a song from the new death by stereo on here. so many shitty bands on that label that they could have left off, yet they choose to leave one of their best bands off. i sure hope it was a mistake, because if it wasn't, then somebody at epitaph needs to get their ass handed to them.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

This shit get's half a star because they put the worst track from Sage's new album.

-matt

inagreendase (June 24, 2005)

-I actually like that FFTL B-side on the CD portion, but their song and playing footage in the video is absolutely horrendous.
-The new Scatter The Ashes track is a really cool evolution, and really good altogether. Their video is pretty bizzarre, though.
-The Weakerthans and Black Keys' videos are amazing/hilarious, respectively, and pretty much make this worth a purchase in itself.
-The Coup's song/video is like a hip-hop take on School House Rock (except for "Laugh/Love/Liquor/Fuck," obviously). Awesome.
-That rare Matches track is horribly produced and pretty annoying.
-This Is Me Smiling isn't as bad as you people make them out to be. They sound like one of the piano tracks from Piebald's last album (i.e. "Heart Of Stone").
-I haven't heard the rest of the album just yet, but Youth Group is pretty good.

stevejonestherealbones (June 24, 2005)

this shit gets a half star because they didnt put a track from the new death by stereo album

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

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