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As many of you may or may not be aware of, Fearless Records has been releasing a series of compilations entitled Punk Goes.... It began back in 2000 with Metal. The album lived up to its name in that there were actually punk bands doing metal songs. As the series continued, the definition of punk ch.
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As many of you may or may not be aware of, Fearless Records has been releasing a series of compilations entitled Punk Goes.... It began back in 2000 with Metal. The album lived up to its name in that there were actually punk bands doing metal songs. As the series continued, the definition of punk changed to the point where it shouldn't have even been applied. In its ninth entry, Punk Goes Classic Rock contains 15 bands that no person in their right mind would consider punk. Personally, I have never heard of any of these performers before this comp.

I don't know if I am the best person to review this, admittedly, because I have an enormous amount of bias. I grew up with these songs. These are some of my favorite artists and have shaped who I am as a musician today in a significant way. Ever since these compilations have failed to include any punk bands (Vol. 2: Goes Pop), I have dismissed them as pure tripe. The only reason I even bothered to check this one out was because I had to hear what are now considered punk bands would do to my favorite songs. I had no idea music could be this bad.

The original tracks fit the moniker of classic rock for a reason. They were the soundtrack of a generation. They were revolutionary for their time. Many of them have survived for 40+ years and are still picked up by younger generations today. The original artists have sold millions of albums with these songs and have enjoyed long, prosperous careers. Many of the surviving musicians are still performing today. Every single one of these artists have one if not numerous Greatest Hits collections. The people that have unfortunately come together to form what may loosely be called bands will be lucky if they are remembered in a year. Unfortunately, many of them will be that lucky. They wouldn't be on this compilation if someone didn't give a shit about their bastardized performances at some point.

A majority of these songs could have been performed by the same group of people under different names. The vocals are a clear indication that labels are using castration. Those that are lucky enough to keep their nads are succumbed to Auto-Tuned vocals. I was always under the impression that a cover song was meant to be a tribute to the original that is given a twist to make it the artist's own. That is not the case here. For the most part, these songs are performed to a 'T' with a higher level of distortion and much, much shittier vocals. Somehow, all of the passion, the anger, the feeling that drove these songs to be written in the first place have been robbed. Instead, they are replaced with tepid, lackluster and all-around boring impersonations of what were once great songs.

Of the 15 tracks, there are three that stand out as less worse than the others. That isn't to say that these are any good, but they just didn't desecrate the memory of the originals as much as others. The first is We the Kings doing 38 Special's "Caught Up in You." I don't know anything about We the Kings, but based on this performance, it seems like they picked a song that properly showcases their style. It is a rather accurate rendition of a song that I would never call classic rock. The band's own poppiness carries well into this song and might be the only track that I would even recommend listening to. The Maine's version of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me" stays true to the original and manages to even have a decent energy level at some points. Still, there is nothing about the track that would ever make me prefer it to the original in any way, shape or form. I don't know who VersaEmerge is, but they need to ditch whoever is doing male vocals. That guy is just awful. The girl who sings manages to have a nice range and performs "Paint It, Black" well enough, but the song suffers so much from the additional vocals. That song already lost points in comparison to the Unseen's performance. Their version of "Paint It, Black" is one of the best renditions I have ever heard and I would take that over the original in most cases.

The remainder of contributions to this is completely forgettable or only memorable in that it is that bad. "Separate Ways" (A Skylit Drive), "Take Me Home Tonight" (Every Avenue), "More Than a Feeling" (Hit the Lights), "All Along the Watchtower" (Envy on the Coast) and "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Never Shout Never) are some of the worst things I've ever heard. The vocals for "Bohemian Rhapsody" actually make me wince in pain the entire time. That and "More Than a Feeling" tie for the record of shortest amount of time it took for me to hate a song. What Jimi Hendrix did with Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" was nothing short of amazing. He truly understood the idea behind a good cover and made a song that was as much his own as it was Dylan's. What Envy on the Coast have done to that song is almost criminal. Any energy that Hendrix instilled is gone. Just because you can play what he did doesn't mean that you share his passion that made him legendary.

Really, you didn't need me to tell you how bad this thing is. If you have any familiarity with this series, then you already know what to expect. Any semblance of originality cannot be found here. If you have any positive connection to the original versions of these songs, you will hate this. If you do or have ever considered yourself a fan of punk, you will hate this. However, just like every other week when more and more shitty music is released upon the world, life goes on. Unfortunately, mine is slightly worse for having listened to this.

 

 
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TheUltraHumanite (April 29, 2010)

No Thin Lizzy and no punk bands....two things you should expect to find based on the title of this comp. FUCK. OFF.

lushj (April 29, 2010)

FTSK's version of "Crazy Train" is... pee-yew!

This is the best thing about myspace- we don't have to buy it to hear how badly it stinks.

Windfall (April 28, 2010)

Punk Goes Guitar Hero Font

Blackjaw_ (April 28, 2010)

I actually like that the reviewer put a lot of time and thought and effort into the review, just to communicate exactly why this is a horrible cd.

dlangl4 (April 28, 2010)

How about a new Bigwig album instead, and a review too. Where is the new Bigwig review of their upcoming album that has yet to be relased or even announced?

zombijuana (April 28, 2010)

Yeah this is pretty bad... Pierce The Eardrum do a pretty cool cover of "Don't Fear The Reaper" instrumentally, and then the vocals come in and you really don't.

TheFabulousWesleyTyler (April 28, 2010)

"The only great song to come from this series was Say Anything's version of ODB's "Got Your Money."

*Hits you on top of the head with rolled up Newspaper*

No.

hayman (April 27, 2010)

This is awesome.

weirdmusician (April 27, 2010)

someone needs to buy all the copies of this and burn them
so no one has to listen to this

thereisnolight19 (April 27, 2010)

I've heard of all these bands, the ones covering and the ones covered.
But none of it really ever sounded interesting whatsoever.

The only great song to come from this series was Say Anything's version of ODB's "Got Your Money."

supernothing241 (April 27, 2010)

was it really necessary to review this, we all knew it sucked without even hearing one song.

tenwestchaser (April 27, 2010)

All I'm going to say is that the first Boston album is so insanely rockin.

TahoeJeff (April 27, 2010)

I would've just submitted a jpeg image of a pile of dog shit. Review done.

This part of the review made me laugh:
Somehow, all of the passion, the anger, the feeling that drove these songs to be written in the first place have been robbed.

Yes, these bands totally took the anger out of "More Than a Feeling", "Take Me Home Tonight", and "Your Love". hahaha

stivy (April 27, 2010)

this kind of records ain't deserve to be reviewed

Uncle_Leo (April 27, 2010)

I agree the review didn't need to be that long, but damn did this piss me off.

I would like to know why they even bothered publishing a negative review of this the same day they start running ads to buy it.

party-animal (April 27, 2010)

Unfortunately due to shitty "artists" like Never Shout Never I bet they sell the shit out of this. It's also what most 10-15 year olds know as punk as they grow up.

johngentile (April 27, 2010)

"Punk covers always fucking suck. ALWAYS."

... lest we forget the Clash's Police and Thieves, Pressure Drop, Brand New Cadillac, Black Flag's Louie, Louie, Circle Jerks Wild in the Streets, The Damned's I'm Alright, DK's Viva Las Vegas, Joe Strummer's Redemption Song?

MN_DrNick (April 27, 2010)

I don't think you needed this long of a review for a lousy album.

brangelina (April 27, 2010)

Punk covers always fucking suck. ALWAYS.

evildeadalive (April 27, 2010)

Why do they keep making these? Is anyone actually buying this crap?

thirtyseconds (April 27, 2010)

One of the best adverts for terrorism ever made.

scorpiondeathlock (April 27, 2010)

listened to the more than a feeling one and myspace and lmao'ed

Cos (April 27, 2010)

This should have read something like this:

"As many of you may or may not be aware of, Fearless Records has been releasing a series of compilations entitled Punk Goes.... It began back in 2000 with Metal. I don't know if I am the best person to review this, admittedly, because I have an enormous amount of bias. I grew up with these songs. A majority of these songs could have been performed by the same group of people under different names. Of the 15 tracks, there are three that stand out as less worse than the others (We the Kings doing 38 Special's "Caught Up in You," The Maine's version of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me," VersaEmerge doing "Paint It Black"). The remainder of contributions to this is completely forgettable or only memorable in that it is that bad. Really, you didn't need me to tell you how bad this thing is. If you have any familiarity with this series, then you already know what to expect."

DONE.

Cos (April 27, 2010)

this kind of shit needs 100-200 words MAX. No one wants to read you're in-depth analysis of shitty pop rock.

MN_DrNick (April 27, 2010)

What Babrook and oldpunker said. THE END

mattramone (April 27, 2010)

They shoulda have just called it Human Turds Play The Songs Their Parents Had on the Radio When They Were Conceived.

oldpunkerforever (April 27, 2010)

Babrook said it best-oldpunker-

Babrook (April 27, 2010)

Yes, these albums are shit. Please stop reviewing them.

bordem56 (April 27, 2010)

I agree with you, this album just looks terrible I've never even heard of half of the bands. The only one I've ever even heard anything from is We The Kings and the only reason I heard anything by them is because one of their songs was on the terrible pop station we listen to where I work.

jeremythunder (April 27, 2010)

Bad review, worse record.

skankbook (April 27, 2010)

The Unseen's cover of Paint it Black IS amazing.

If I wanted to hear these songs played, I'd go to any bar on a weekend & see any cover band play them instead of giving Fearless $15 worth of hope that people will care about the next installment. Fuck them.

sailin_on (April 27, 2010)

My thoughts exactly. Bohemian Rhapsody, one of my favorite songs that I know all the words by heart, destroyed by some idiot who thinks he can sing. Freddie hates that guy.

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