Reviewer Rating. This compilation could be so much more than it is. I don't know if the bands themselves got to choose which of their songs went onto this disk, but if they did, the majority of them must have been off their fucking heads at the time. It breaks down like this: 22 Tracks Buon Viaggio (Share The Love) - Cesare Cremonini - Più Che Logico (Live) 22 different Australian punk bands.
Wallet chains were just ending their 5-year stint of popularity, and Trainspotting was still considered a cool alternative movie, hence the awful name. The first track is by The Living End, who had risen to fame during their time backing up The Offspring in their '96 Aussie tour.
I went to the Horden show of that tour and The Living End were shouted off the stage. They sucked then and they suck now. The track they have on this album is a cover of 'Tainted Love'.
I'd rather listen to that fool Marilyn Manson do this song than these double-bass wielding try-hard punks. Not a good start to the compilation. This is an awesome track and makes up for The Living End's crapness. It's fast and you will be singing along to it even though you can't understand a word of it. Trust me: "It's a something crisis calling you todaaaaay.
I got Various - Chainspotting - Australian Punk/Hardcore Compilation something and my life is so fucking plaaaaain. Unless you know MYC you'll feel a little miffed here. It's fast and pretty darn good. Never having heard of Oddball before I have no point of reference here, so I don't know how it stands up against their usual stuff. Track four is everyone's second-favourite sell-outs, Various - Chainspotting - Australian Punk/Hardcore Compilation.
They may have been good at one stage, but that has been erased from memory since their run-in with Pepsi. Okay, the song is bearable, but it's like every other goddamn Bodyjar song and they ARE all the sameand thus totally un-memorable. It's extremely formulaic, but wouldn't you know it, I like it. Yes, I even surprise myself on occasion. Kind of slow and amateurish, it still shits Al Night - Chocolate (18) - Chocolate over most of the other tracks on Dont Forget Selassie - The Bush Chemists - Light Up Your Chalice CD.
Bantha Fodder bring up position 6. Yes, very clever guys. Want a medal? Pity the song blows. Well, it is okay I guess, in a kind of annoyingly try-hard retro-punk-pop way.
I cannot explain how much I hate this band. They live near me in Erskinville and they piss me off all the time. They are such idiots. There was Various - Chainspotting - Australian Punk/Hardcore Compilation time when they ruled the Aussie punk scene with amongst other things the Home and Away theme. Yes, this was '98, before they had totally disgraced themselves, but dammit, they gave away their crappy car in a commercial music network channel V promotion.
Nothing can forgive that. But I don't. I don't dislike them, and I can see their music for what it is: fairly original and it fair tears along, without being repetitive.
I can't place my finger on it, but it doesn't do it for me. This song is pretty much bog standard TTT. Caustic Soda are tenth with "Like a Day". I'll tell you what, these guys ruled my world for about six months. They have the sort of instant-accessibility which many bands envy. Unfortunately, it also means they don't stay interesting for long. This song is fairly typical of their body of work. It never retains the same beat for more than 15 seconds.
The slow bits should be annoying, but they work. Overall, it's quite good, and one of the picks of the CD. This song sounds like it was a joint-venture between One Dollar Short and Bodyjar. If that appeals to you shoot yourself now. These guys were brilliant in their day. Kind of similar in attitude to most of Machine Gun Fellatio's songs, it's awesomely simple and very catchy. It's got good lyrics, and a crackingly rapid beat, combined with great singing and a great overall sound.
It's completely derivative, but I like it for what it is. No Idea yet another NO band, see? It just makes them look sad. It seems like they don't know exactly what the song is supposed to sound like and so settle for just going fast and confusing everyone.
If you are into very hardcore hardcore you'll like it. It should suck, it has all the pre-requisites, but it manages to come off as one of the better tracks on the CD.
It's hardcore with a softer, gentler side. Is there such a thing as pop-hardcore? It doesn't seem to know when to finish though, and meanders towards the end. They are like Frenzal should have been. Similar sound but it manages to actually sound like effort was put into it.
Why is this hardcore ska what else can I call it bastard hybrid on this CD? Piss off and go back up the Porkers. Despite being unable to spell, the members of this band manage to write good well, sorta songs. Very cali-punk offering here. Fast but poppy. Like One Dollar Short before they turned to liquid shit. It's understated to begin with, with heavy bass and very punk vocals.
It dips in and out of slightly poppy cali-punk bits, Various - Chainspotting - Australian Punk/Hardcore Compilation holds together nicely. It gets runner up. It goes for about 30 seconds and is pretty good while it lasts, but is ultimately a poor choice for final song.
So, what does all this mean? Is the CD good or isn't it? Well, in my opinion you get ten Various - Chainspotting - Australian Punk/Hardcore Compilation so sub-standard tracks, about 7 average ones, and only five good ones. Various - Chainspotting - Australian Punk/Hardcore Compilation this a good buy?
Well, if you only got the 12 un-shit ones, then yes. Even though it retails for an average of bucks, it's still worth it to get a slice of the Aussie punk scene from four years ago. All the major players are there, despite some poor track choices. As an advertisement for Aussie punk it fails because there is so much shit in there, but it does show diversity. And I'm being nice. Next Review Blink Cheshire Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression - Part 1) - Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery.
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