Album Review: Punk Goes Crunk - 'Various Artists'

11 June 2008 | 1:57 pm | Staff Writer

Get your wigga on…

From the label that gave the world

such gems as “Punk Goes Acoustic” and “Punk Goes 80’s” comes

the latest Fearless endorsed novelty release, “Punk Goes Crunk”.

Apart from the fact that the word crunk fucking sucks (seriously, listing

your band’s genre on MySpace as “crunk” is neither ironic or witty)

this CD is actually a pretty enjoyable, tongue in cheek listen. 


Not every song on a compilation

album is going to be a hit, but the quality of the covers that have

been contributed by bands like All Time Low more than make up

for the mediocrity of someone like The Escape Frame.  


Kicking things off is Set Your

Goals over the top rendition of “Put Yo Hood Up”. I’m not

sure how impressed Lil Jon would be with the cover version but

whatever… the song is hilarious. Considering “I Got Your Money”

was originally penned by Ol’ Dirty Bastard, it’s fairly amusing

to hear Alternative Press cover stars Say Anything rocking a

cover version, although they do a rather impressive job! 


Courtesy of The Secret Handshake

comes “I Wish”, a tune that fares rather well due to the electronic

nature of Luis Dubuc’s original material. ForeverThe Sickest Kids have adapted the Men In Black theme song

into their pop rock sound quite well, while My American Heart

have pulled off a sleazy rendition of the classic “California Love”. Akon is a horrible excuse for a musician so he hasn’t really given The Maine much to work with. Still, their take on “I Wanna Love

You” is far from being the worst thing I’ve heard.  


Other stand outs include Person

L’s spot on version of “The Seed”, a song which is heavily

filled out by instrumentation in its original form so the cover works

really well, while the previously mentioned All Time Low have

turned the Rhianna shit shingle that is “Umbrella” into an

impressive pop punk tune. Bringing up the tail is the always-reliable New Found Glory, who have taken the politically motivated lyrics

of Arrested Development and turned them into a sing-a-long acoustic

anthem.


If you’ve got a sense of humour

then you’ll probably get a few spins out of this record. If not, just

get drunk, throw a house party and watch your friends dance like idiots. 


  1. Set Your Goals –

    Put Yo Hood Up

  2. Say Anything – I

    Got Your Money

  3. The Secret Handshake

    – I Wish

  4. Forever The Sickest

    Kids – Men In Black

  5. My American Heart –

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