Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 4

Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 4


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It would be inaccurate to say that Epitaph's Punk-O-Rama compilations cater to punk purists 100 percent of the time. Not everything on Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 4, which Epitaph assembled in 1999, is hardcore punk -- some of the material is simply alternative rock with a strong punk influence. But it is safe to say that Vol. 4 is punk-oriented, and it is also safe to say that the CD is, at five dollars, a bargain for North American consumers -- when Vol. 4 came out in 1999, five dollars was less than one would typically pay for a used CD. And even though not every tune on this disc is a five-star gem, most of the tracks are decent or competent; there are no outright duds. Fans of a hardcore punk sound -- as opposed to poppy emocore or punk-influenced alternative rock -- should have no problem getting into Agnostic Front's "It's My Life," the Dwarves' "I Will Deny," or Union 13's "A Life's Story." Meanwhile, the Voodoo Glow Skulls' "They Always Come Back" is an abrasive, forceful example of ska-punk. And the most metal-minded track is Zeke's "Twisted," which could be described as Aerosmith by way of Iggy Pop. There is even a track by singer/songwriter Tom Waits: "Big in Japan." Waits isn't the first name one would expect to see on a punk-oriented compilation, but "Big in Japan" has enough of a punkish edge to fit in -- the tune doesn't sound out of place, and it is one of the best things on the CD. Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 4 isn't ideal but, at five dollars, it isn't a bad way to get acquainted with Epitaph's late-'90s roster.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/1999
Label: Epitaph
UPC: 0045778656325
catalogNumber: 86563
Rank: 48294

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Agnostic Front   Track Performer
All   Track Performer
Bad Religion   Track Performer
Tom Waits   Track Performer
Dwarves   Track Performer
NOFX   Track Performer
Pennywise   Track Performer
Gas Huffer   Track Performer
Rancid   Track Performer
Voodoo Glow Skulls   Track Performer
Jack Grisham   Track Performer
New Bomb Turks   Track Performer
Ten Foot Pole   Track Performer
H2O   Track Performer
Pulley   Track Performer
Refused   Track Performer
Bouncing Souls   Track Performer
98 Mute   Track Performer
Zeke   Track Performer
Millencolin   Track Performer
Straight Faced   Track Performer
Union 13   Track Performer
59 Times the Pain   Track Performer
Mute   Track Performer
Bombshell Rocks   Track Performer
Osker   Track Performer
Times The Pain   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jeff Abarta   Producer,Executive Producer

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