V/A - Before You Were Punk 2
Vagrant Records

As if one 80's nostalgia comp wasn't enough, Vagrant brings round 2 of your
favorite punkers remembering the past. This star-studded comp contains big
names such as NOFX, MxPx, The Get Up Kids, and Lagwagon. Maybe it's cause
I'm a bit too young (only 17), but I don't recall ever hearing half these
songs. There's only about half the songs that jog my memory on this
CD. Those would be: the Suicide Machines' decent cover of "What I Like About
You", the Hippos' quirky, MOOGish-sounding "Our Lips Are Sealed" by the Go
Go's, the Bouncing Souls note for note rendition of "Don't You Forget About
Me" (seriously, it sounds almost identical to the original; hearing it made
me want to go watch "The Breakfast Club" again), the Gotohell's simple punk
cover of "Just What I Needed" (I think this song is a staple for any
halfway decent punk band to cover at some point in their career), Strung
Out's completely horrible version of "Every Breath You Take," and ending
the CD there is ALL's weak cover of "Rebel Yell" by the first punker I ever
saw on TV, Mr. Billy Idol. I don't know if I should've paid full-price for
this, but it is fairly enjoyable, if not for the music then for the
hilarious 80's yearbook photos inside.
...scott heisel...

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