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Punk Goes 90s

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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
We all knew it was coming. Thanks to Fearless, punk had already gone metal, '80s, acoustic, and pop, so it was only a matter of time until the '90s also came under attack. And being that this is the decade most bandmembers on the album were likely starting to whet their musical palates, an album full of tributes to their favorites would no doubt be fun, right? Wrong. Let some advice be imparted: the point of a cover song is not for a band to simply try their best at sounding like the original band. The point (usually) is to take a song and, injecting one's identity into the original version, come up with a song reassuringly familiar yet altogether fresh and invigorating. ...
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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
We all knew it was coming. Thanks to Fearless, punk had already gone metal, '80s, acoustic, and pop, so it was only a matter of time until the '90s also came under attack. And being that this is the decade most bandmembers on the album were likely starting to whet their musical palates, an album full of tributes to their favorites would no doubt be fun, right? Wrong. Let some advice be imparted: the point of a cover song is not for a band to simply try their best at sounding like the original band. The point (usually) is to take a song and, injecting one's identity into the original version, come up with a song reassuringly familiar yet altogether fresh and invigorating. Unfortunately though, with the exception of a handful of bands, Punk Goes '90s is pretty much karaoke night at the local pop-punk watering hole. So, sorry Copeland, but as much as your normal indie rock is enjoyable, hearing you replicate Soundgarden is utterly unbearable. And Plain White T's, hoping for a sugar-infused, pop
ockin' version of Blur's "Song 2," well, attitude was sorely missing and you just sounded bored. It's not that all the versions sound horrible, it's just not that exhilarating to listen to competent bands simply regurgitating songs they like. C'mon guys -- even the requisite punk trick of merely speeding up a track tenfold is mostly ignored. There are a few highlights, however. Props to Mae for covering a Nine Inch Nails song (who would have thought?) and managing to sound like Ben Folds during the song's two breakpoints. Gym Class Heroes donate one of the best tracks on the record with their funky, smooth, hip-hop take on the Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge," while Bedlight for Blue Eyes strips themselves down to acoustic means for a rather well-done rendition of Third Eye Blind's "Jumper." Scary Kids Scaring Kids rock out rather hard to R.E.M., and though the lyrics don't exactly transfer to being sung by adolescent boys, at least some recognition has to go the Killing Moon's way just for the sheer energy they bring to their version of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." Punk covers are usually fun, but disappointingly, most of these songs just sound like flannel shirt imposters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2006
  • Label: Fearless Records
  • UPC: 714753008724
  • Catalog Number: 30087
  • Sales rank: 81,121

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 March of the Pigs - Mae (2:44)
  2. 2 Song 2 - Plain White T's (2:07)
  3. 3 Under the Bridge - Gym Class Heroes (3:24)
  4. 4 Black Hole Sun - Copeland (4:31)
  5. 5 Hey Jealousy - Hit the Lights (2:58)
  6. 6 All I Want - Emery (3:49)
  7. 7 Losing My Religion - Scary Kids Scaring Kids (3:57)
  8. 8 Wonderwall - Cartel (4:53)
  9. 9 You Oughta Know - The Killing Moon (3:41)
  10. 10 Stars - Bleeding Through (5:20)
  11. 11 Enjoy the Silence - Anberlin (3:32)
  12. 12 Beautiful People - Eighteen Visions (3:35)
  13. 13 Big Time Sensuality - The Starting Line (3:11)
  14. 14 In Bloom - So They Say (3:48)
  15. 15 Jumper - Bedlight for Blue Eyes (4:04)
  16. 16 [Untitled Track]
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Depeche Mode Composer
Nine Inch Nails Composer
Nirvana Composer
Red Hot Chili Peppers Composer
Soundgarden Composer
Blur Composer
Toad the Wet Sprocket Composer
Björk Composer
Oasis Composer
Marilyn Manson Composer
Gin Blossoms Composer
R.E.M. Composer
Hum Composer
Alanis Morissette Composer
Mark Hoppus Producer
Aaron Sprinkle Producer
Third Eye Blind Composer
Chris Badami Producer, Engineer
Sean O'Keefe Producer
Matt Goldman Producer
John Naclerio Producer
Sam Hollander Producer
Matt Carter Producer
Beau Burchell Producer
Chris Sorensen Producer
Aaron Marsh Producer
Jonathan Wyman Producer
Joel Hamburger Engineer
Bryan Laurenson Producer
Jason McEntire Engineer
Bedlight for Blue Eyes Producer
Sebastian Davin Producer
Dave Katz Producer
Chris Holmes Engineer
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