Punk Goes 90’s Volume 2: Compilation Review

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Another cash grab from record label Fearless Records who like to capitalise on the stupidity of teenage girls and unlucky in love teenage boys.

The “Punk Goes…” series has become an almost thrice yearly thing for the label. It probbaly costs hardly nothing to produce and most likely makes a tidy sum of money for the label. “Punk Goes Pop”, “Punk Goes Crunk”, “Punk Goes 80s”, “Punk Goes 90s” — the “Punk Goes Pop” releases seem to be the most popular.

First and foremost, the title “Punk Goes…” really irks me. None of the bands that feature on these compilation albums are what I would consider punk. In-fact, ever since I can remember, no punk band has ever featured on one of these releases. You might consider hardcore close, but that would be stretching it a bit too thin.

These records have always been a bit hit and miss to be honest. Varying degree of quality and production quality. You never know what you’re going to get on these records, sometimes it can be split down the middle. This time around there are actually a few decent covers.

One of the worse tracks on this release however was the Falling In Reverse cover of Coolio’s track, “Gangsta’s Paradise” — of course Falling In Reverse covers this track. Ronnie has convinced himself he is a street thug rap superstar and that he possesses even 1% of the talent required for pulling off such a cover.

Everything is wrong with this cover. Radke’s clean vocals are generally not that bad, but his transitions from rapping to singing to screaming are not only horrible, but on the chorus it sounds like his vocals have been overdubbed and edited to hell. This sole cover alone is enough to bring this release down a few review points alone.

Another cover on the record that was average and above all weird is The Ghost Inside’s cover of, “Southtown” by early 2000’s Christian nu-metal band P.O.D. This track came out in the year 2000, so it is not considered a 90s track at all.

One of the covers I thought was pretty good was Get Scared’s cover of Lit’s track, “My Own Worst Enemy” — the original track in itself is fantastic and I feel as though Get Scared took it in a slightly heavier direction, maybe not better than the original but for a cover on a cash-grab compilation it’s definitely of high quality.

Another cover I surprisingly found myself liking was Ice Nine Kills’ cover of Green Days most popular track, “(Good Riddance) The Time of Your Life” — this track to me means a lot. I love the original, and when my mother passed away a couple of years ago, it was played at her funeral because it was her favourite song. She would listen to it all of the time.

I think Ice Nine Kills did a tremendous job. A song like that isn’t particularly easy to cover, but they pulled it off and they did it in style. I was expecting a heavy, screaming version of the track, but was surprised to hear it wasn’t and actually lived up to the Green Day standard. It pays homage to the original very respectively.

Another weak cover I was surprised to be honest was Yellowcard’s cover of The Smashing Pumpkins track, “Today” I don’t think Yellowcard are a bad band by any means. I don’t listen to them any more, but it sounds like front-man Ryan Keith tried to replicate Billy Corgan’s vocal style and failed.

Instead of embracing the whole idea of what a cover is, Yellowcard sound like they tried to replicate it. The guitar tones, vocal delivery, drumming and everything. No personal touches have been added and it’s sad because I wouldn’t expect Yellowcard to pull off a bad cover.

One of the best covers on the record surprisingly is by Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! and their cover of Smash Mouth’s most known track, “All Star” they’re probably the only band on the record that didn’t desecrate the original track and actually did a pretty good cover. It retains that feel good element from the original track with the bands signature melodic heavy sound.

Overall there are a few decent covers this time around. It wasn’t the trainwreck it could have been, but it is evident there is no quality control during the creation of these releases. The end goal is always to make money, not put out a CD of consistently great covers.

Rating: 7 out of 10.