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A Tribute to Good Charlotte

  • 1. Little Things - United Punks of America
    2. Festival Song - United Punks of America
    3. Motivation Proclamation, The - United Punks of America
    4. Screamer - United Punks of America
    5. Anthem, The - United Punks of America
    6. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous - United Punks of America
    7. Story of My Old Man, The - United Punks of America
    8. Girls and Boys - United Punks of America
    9. Riot Girl - United Punks of America
    10. Young and the Hopeless, The - United Punks of America
    11. My Bloody Valentine - United Punks of America
    12. Movin' On - United Punks of America
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4290

  • Credits

    Audio Mixer: Nigel Harris.
    While it's attributed to the "United Punks of America," A Tribute to Good Charlotte's eager interpretations of the young quartet's songs are delivered predominantly in a British accent. It has the bizarre effect of placing pop-punk -- a distinctly American offshoot of the genre -- in league with its snotty Cockney forefathers. You can't reduce punk rock to an accent. But in the case of Good Charlotte, who blatantly cross U.K. acts like the Sex Pistols with hip-hop influences and latter day American punk revivalism in the form Green Day (themselves a copy of the Buzzcocks), it's worth noting how strange this covers album's principal accent sounds. Musically, Good Charlotte can't match the production fireworks of its namesake; the compression is weaker, and attempts at straight replication are heavy-handed. The performers here are better off when they play "Little Things" and "Anthem" as the simplistic, punk-influenced pop songs they are. The version of "Girls and Boys" that appears here might even be better, since it removes the annoying studio new wave sheen of the original. "Riot Girl" is another standout; the wispy-voiced vocalist sounds endearingly amateurish, adding to the scrappiness of the track. Unfortunately for Good Charlotte, "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" still sounds just like the theme from "The Monkees." Recommended for the avid fan only. ~ Johnny Loftus

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