Release Date: Nov 17, 2014
Record label: Fearless Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal
Ever since the Ramones cut a revved-up version of the Chris Montez oldie "Let's Dance" on their groundbreaking first LP, the Germs played a purposefully twisted version of the Archies' "Sugar Sugar" in 1977, and the Dickies covered the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin" on their sophomore album in 1979, there's been a long history of punk bands putting their own spin on hooky hit tunes. In 2002, Fearless Records released Punk Goes Pop, with a fistful of punk, alternative, and metal bands finding new sounds in radio-friendly pop hits, and 12 years later, the series is still going strong with Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6.
The sixth iteration of Fearless Records’ popular 'Punk Goes Pop' series finds some of the usual suspects and a few new acts covering Billboard topping songs. As on previous releases from this series, the standout tracks tend to dramatically reimagine hit songs whereas less memorable covers merely mimic a radio song we’ve already gotten so used to/sick of hearing. Unfortunately, the majority of this compilation's 13 tracks take the latter approach.
It's that time of the year again. Christmas, right? In topping that off, it's my annual take on something that I hold dear to heart. Sad to say, it's the same old when it comes to Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6. Fearless Records continue to throw a majority of bands on the album that aren't punk, to cover ….