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Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1
     

Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1

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by Billy Bragg
 
Fat Mike freely admits to his spotty voting record. But that didn't stop him from founding www.punkvoter.org, an organization with a mission to mobilize young voters against President Bush and his administration's policies, and make 2004 the year punk spoke. Rock Against Bush features music from 26 likeminded artists, as well as a DVD packed with insightful,

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Fat Mike freely admits to his spotty voting record. But that didn't stop him from founding www.punkvoter.org, an organization with a mission to mobilize young voters against President Bush and his administration's policies, and make 2004 the year punk spoke. Rock Against Bush features music from 26 likeminded artists, as well as a DVD packed with insightful, inciting political rabble-rousing and videos from types like Bad Religion, Anti-Flag, and Fat Mike's own NOFX. None More Black kicks things off with the martial, spittle-flying stomp of "Nothing to Do When You're Locked in a Vacancy," and Alkaline Trio's "Warbrain" attempts to save the world with a righteous pop-punk melody and memories of better days. The Offspring's "Baghdad" isn't the greatest song ever, but it's interesting that it dates from 1991 and the first Bush presidency. Speaking of the first Bush, Ministry returns with the frenetic industrial clatter of "No W," which updates the 1992 rant "N.W.O." with samples from the latest Bush president. Veteran D.I.Y. firebrands Jello Biafra and Billy Bragg are here, the latter teaming with Less Than Jake for "Brightest Bulb Has Burned Out." The Ataris cover Bad Religion's "Heaven Is Falling" acoustically, and Social Distortion's "Prison Bound" will hopefully turn A New Found Glory fans on to Prison Bound. Other highlights of Rock Against Bush include the bopping neo-new wave of the Epoxies, the Soviettes' raucous "¡Paranoia! Cha-Cha-Cha," and Authority Zero's "Revolution." There are also stylistic detours from Denali (the austere "Normal Days") and the World/Inferno Friendship Society ("Expatriate Act"). There's a rousing, ruefully funny essay from Fat Mike in the liner notes; 17 of the comp's 26 tracks are unreleased or otherwise rare; and Fat Wreck is giving the thing away for six bucks. If that's not enough incentive, the set's DVD portion includes a piece of typically scathing comedy from David Cross.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Fat Wreck Chords
UPC:
0751097067529
catalogNumber:
675

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Performance Credits

Billy Bragg   Guest Appearance
Craig Fairbaugh   Readings

Technical Credits

Matt Allison   Engineer
Rusty Striff   Engineer
Anti-Flag   Liner Notes
Fat Mike   Liner Notes
Greig Nori   Producer
Robert Greenwald   Video Director,Video Producer,Executive Producer
John Hoy Taylor   Video Director
Jeff Buchanan   Video Editor
Earl Katz   Executive Producer
Richard Ray Perez   Video Producer,Video Director
Christian Winters   Video Director
Nolan McGuire   Instrumentation

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No W and That's Progress are the standouts on here. Both created by groups that had a hand in actually shaping the genre of music they came from. The rest is a mixed bag of pop punk. Some fun to listen to. Others just utterly dull much like how this genre of music has become. A worthy cause, however, and the tracks that are standouts are really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listened to this before I bought it and I had to have it I really just got it for the music but I hate bush anyway so they dont have to prove anything to me, hope vol.2 is just as good thanx for the sweet music!