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Various: Pop-Punk's Not DeadPop-Punk's Not Dead (2007)
Go Kart Records

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Contributed by: BryneBryne
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The best way I can describe pop-punk's appeal is that it's comfortably familiar. While it may not be the most innovative genre, there's an inherently endearing and easily relatable quality about a guy or girl singing about girls or guys. There's nothing overly complicated about it -- everyone's been.
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The best way I can describe pop-punk's appeal is that it's comfortably familiar. While it may not be the most innovative genre, there's an inherently endearing and easily relatable quality about a guy or girl singing about girls or guys. There's nothing overly complicated about it -- everyone's been there and everyone knows what it's like. Those who can't write and record songs about it are thankful for those who can. Dave Parasite of the Parasites has compiled this 30-track bohemoth to showcase both veterans and upstarts of the pop-punk scene.

Since reviewing each of the 30 tracks would be a bit tedious, here are some highlights:

  • Teenage Bottlerocket - So Cool: Every compilation needs a strong opening track and Wyoming's Teenage Bottlerocket contribute just that. This song, from their full-length Total, is full of lead guitar and Ramones-style geekiness.
  • The Manges - Another Day: This band from Italy delivers a nostalgic dose of Cheshire Cat-esque punk that harkens back to my middle school days.
  • The Ergs! - Aja: Quirky lyrics and erratic playing channeling the Descendents's best moments are what the Ergs! are all about and this song does a nice job of putting both qualities at the forefront.
  • Suckerbox - Wrong: Who knew the Cayman Islands had anything besides sandy beaches and offshore bank accounts? While lacking in the production department, this song has a great start-stop style in the verses and a catchy driving chorus.
  • The Copyrights - Stuck in Springtime: One of the current buzz bands of the genre, this track taken from the fantastic Mutiny Pop has considerably impressive musicianship (relatively speaking) and a great chorus.
  • Boris the Sprinkler - Buying Beer for Junior High School Students: BTS have always been ridiculously fun (emphasizing the ridiculous) and this 'community service anthem' is more of the same.
  • The Steinways - I Wanna Kiss You (On the Lips): A simple message. Internet celebrity Mitch Clem's favorite band contribute a song loaded with sugary-sweet melodies.
  • Travoltas - Can't Stop: One of my all-time favorites of the genre, the now broken-up Dutch band were great at taking what was great about both the Beach Boys and Ramones and molding it into their own fun sound.
Pop-Punk's Not Dead, as it and any other genre-specific compilation of this kind should, serves not only as an introduction for novices but as a refresher course for long-time fans. It goes by fast despite its 71-minute length, a product of both quality songs and a nice sequencing job. Fans of each crowd should be more than satisfied with this superb collection of tracks from bands both the old and new school.

 

 
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Anonymous (April 6, 2007)

Teenage Bottlerocket is awesome.

Anonymous (April 5, 2007)

"hey guy!"

klonny (April 5, 2007)

Mitch Clem doesn't seem to update anymore.

Anonymous (April 5, 2007)

i love pop punk, but i found the majority of this too sugary sweet even for my tastes.... though the teenage bottle rocket song is amazing

danielsan (April 4, 2007)

joe dunn > mitch clem
and I'm pretty sure mitch clem would agree

Anonymous (April 4, 2007)

whos mitch clem?

Adam_K (April 3, 2007)

That Ergs song is so great.

onegirlarmy (April 3, 2007)

Score is for the amount of awesome bands/songs on this, as well as the fact that the cover art looks like it could have been taken from the show Undergrads.

daved4 (April 3, 2007)

im actually listenig to this rright now.

p-fresh (April 3, 2007)

Score is for Boris The Sprinkler. Man, that band rules.

pnfan (April 3, 2007)

My favorite two songs are In Case You're Unaware/Sonic Dolls and the Peabody's It Only Hurts When I Think.Yes there are a couple of average songs but nothing not listenable.The first twenty songs gets you warmed up then 21 thru 30 are like listening to music the first time if you were deaf.

MikeStupid (April 3, 2007)

Score is for "Aja."

Anonymous (April 3, 2007)

30 bands that sound exactly alike one on album. no thanks.

theonetruebill (April 3, 2007)

I was skeptical about this comp at first but there's really only a few bad tracks. However "This is my Anti-Anthem" or whatever it's called is absolutely terrible.

benz (April 3, 2007)

Mitch Clem on the cover!

It had to be said.

-benz

thebiglebowski (April 3, 2007)

I guess I need to check out the travoltas. I love the surf-inspired pop-punk.

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