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Old Skars and Upstarts 2005

  • 1. Arizona Love
    2. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Die Hunns
    3. Human Thermometer - The Briefs
    4. Double Crosser - Prima Donna
    5. Not a Love Song
    6. Rev It Up, Turn It Loose - Angel City Outcasts
    7. Suffragette City
    8. Burning Trash - The Black Halos
    9. Don't Talk to Me - The Epoxies
    10. Baby Black and Blue
    11. Scars - The Ducky Boys
    12. He's the Man - U.S. Bombs
    13. I Crisis - District
    14. Blind Devotion - Amazombies
    15. Straight to Hell - Mad Sin
    16. Drink Tonight - Street Dogs
    17. Smoking Crack with L.A. Reid
    18. Zombie Kids - The Deep Eynde
    19. Blow My Brains - Duane Peters
    20. Black Day - Civet
    21. Steamroller
    22. Fall in Love
    23. I Don't Need Nothing - The Skulls
    24. Ropes End - The HollowPoints
    25. Hanging on the Corner - Blood for Blood
    26. Lower East Side - Roger Miret & the Disasters
    27. Monday Morning Ornaments - Stitches
    28. Underage Girlfriend
    29. Because Your My Friend
    30. Wild in the Streets - Kings of Nuthin'
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9039

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    Despite media proclamations that punk had become absorbed into the mainstream by the end of the 20th century, in fact much of it remained underground, known to just a very few. If nothing else, this 2005 compilation is evidence of that, with 30 songs, most in a punkish vein, by artists who were unknown in the overground and almost totally undiscussed even by the alternative scene. While it's generic as a whole and often mediocre, at least both the stylistic variety and recording fidelity are better than what you'll find in many such anthologies. Plus there's certainly a lot of music for one disc -- 30 songs and 77 minutes in all. There's cowpunk (Bad Lieutnants), straight-ahead buzzsaw punk, punk with a streak of power pop (Briefs, R.X. Son), Sex Pistols-like riffing, a pointless cover of David Bowie's "Suffragette City" (by Turbo Negro), woman-fronted pop-punk (Epoxies), hardcore with a galloping beat, hardcore with a pell-mell beat, and some anthemic riffing and singing with distant debts to classic rock. And there's lyrical outrageousness -- the Duane Peters Gunfight's "Blow My Brains," River Boat Gamblers' "Smoking Crack with L.A. Reid," and the Orphans, whose woman vocalist sings, "I don't wanna share my bed with your underage girlfriend." ~ Richie Unterberger

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