on 5 December 2003
This is the same CD as the other Pop Goes Punk CD, as I found when I ordered it. Oops. So if you have the other one you have this as well.
As far as the music goes its a good little novelty, I DJ a punk night and find myself often using the songs on this CD to break the night up, Further Seems Forever's version of 'Bye Bye Bye', Rufio's 'Like A Prayer' and Student Rick's 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth' being particularly good.
on 13 February 2004
Punk Goes Pop depicts another link in the chain of 'Punk Goes...' compilations from Fearless Records. It has gone Metal, Acoustic and now Pop so how does it fare? Well as many people will know one of THE best things about punk as a genre is its ability to allow strong and entertaining cover versions; many of which have been of pop songs. Pop may be irritating and commercial in large doses but it is undoubtedly insanely catchy. So once you stick a proper band behind the melody, the results can prove very rewarding.
With that in mind I was expecting this release to be the strongest in this series: In some ways I was correct in my assumptions. However while it is the strongest concept, it is unfortunately far from strong as a whole. Songs like; Dynamite Boy's fabulously true to original yet ballsy cover of - 'I Want It That Way' represent the life preservers that keep this floundering record above the salty surface of the sea of mediocrity.
One of the biggest problems with this release is the lack of covers of really well known songs. All in all there are only about 5 really universally recognized classics here. The rest are b-list numbers from a varying range of pop celebrities. An example would be Stretch Armstrong's hardcore version of Pink's - 'Get This Party Started' vs. the little known 'Everywhere' originally performed by Michelle Branch. Element 10's take on Nelly Furtado's - 'I'm Like A Bird' is weak and sadly far too much like the original to offer anything new. This contrasts strongly with the fabulous Knockout track; 'Survivor' (by Destiny's Child) with strong hooks, fine representation of the original and meaty delivery.
The Starting Line perform adequately, never going further than you would expect whilst certainly not challenging their style either. With neither of the Britney Spears covers by Nicotine & Reach The Sky being neither grasping or compelling it seemed a shame to include more than one originating from that cheeky pop princess. Especially when something by the Spice Girls (known to be covered by Zebrahead) or perhaps Aqua (known to be covered by Homegrown) would have added a more accessible element to the record and most importantly; some more fun.
Thankfully just as despair starts to beat the life from your body the record closes with; Student Rick performing a fabulously uplifting version of 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth'. This was a great choice and definitely represents a truly wonderful and wholly fitting high point to finish on. Luckily for this collection the truly good covers are located at just the right points throughout to keep things ticking over and your finger from the stop button.
Standout Tracks: 'Dynamite Boy- I Want It That Way', 'Knockout- Survivor' & 'Student Rick- Heaven Is A Place On Earth'.