Various Artists (Punk)
Punk Goes Crunk


1.0
awful

Review

by David Driver USER (78 Reviews)
April 24th, 2010 | 20 replies | 10,253 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And, alas, Beethoven continues to roll in his grave.

1 of 3 thought this review was well written

I think everyone here, regardless of race, colour or creed, can enjoy a good joke every now and then. And with musical comedy existing for ages, I’m sure you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t have a favourite comedic musical group in their collection. But nothing makes me scratch my head in such utter confusion than Punk Goes Crunk, the unanimous low point of the “Punk Goes…” series, which features “punk” bands covering “crunk” songs. And while this is a sure-fire recipe for sheer disaster, I can’t really tell if Punk Goes Crunk is serious attempt at covering rap and R&B songs, or some peddling attempt for a couple of weary laughs.

To be blunt, the quality of covers found on Punk Goes Crunk range from simply average to absolutely catastrophic, and given the premise of the album, that’s hardly a surprise. Obviously, the gigantic, glaring problem of this album is when bands pass over the attempt to be funny and quirky and instead halfass an attempt to make a serious cover. Genuine, authentic renditions like My American Heart’s cover of “California Love”, Emanuel’s “Kryptonite” and Scary Kids Scaring Kids take of “Notorious Thugs” are so painstaking terrible that it’s hard to get through them. And it’s not like the music doesn’t translate, it’s mostly because the rapping is bloodcurdlingly bad. Is it on purpose? I honestly can’t tell, but the songs are still appalling regardless.

For the most part, a lot of the problems here on Punk Goes Crunk are due to a general lack of creativity. The Escape Frame sleepwalk through “Nothing But A G’ Thang”, while Hot Rob Circuit unceremoniously add to the numerous “Gin And Juice” covers that already exist. The Secret Handshake offer a bland, almost identical version of “I Wish”, and it makes you wonder why they would even waste their time recording it. And song selection is also a gigantic problem: I would have like to have seen Set Your Goals or Forever the Sickest Kids actually cover good rap songs, while Person L is in a dream world if they think they can top the Roots with their rendition of “Seed 2.0”.

But amidst all the crap, the feather in the cap of Punk Goes Crunk (if you can call it that) belongs to Say Anything’s “I Got Your Money”, simply because they actually have some fun with it. Channeling the sarcastic tone of Richard Cheese, Say Anything half-mock the ridiculous lyrics and actually succeed in getting a few laughs while the bass and drums groove along. And believe it or not, there’s actually some alright genuine attempts on here: All Time Low and Devil Wears Prada, although generic pop-punk and metalcore respectively, actually make decent covers of Rihanna and Big Tymers. New Found Glory (they do covers??!!) offer a great acoustic rendition of “Tennessee”, and Lorene Drive’s “Hey Ya” is not half-bad. In the end, these aren’t songs I would ever want to come back to, but I will recognize that they are the choice cuts of this atrocious album.

Overall, The lack of effort and creativity on Punk Goes Crunk is the strong flaw that makes the album largely unlistenable, and the bands fumble the chance to create something unique, or at the very least, something funny and amusing. I realize that the theme of the album ultimately doomed everyone from the get go, but the album is not only a damned collection of terrible songs, but a real missed opportunity to make something very creative, fun and quirky. Shame on you, guys, shame on you.



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kitsch
April 24th 2010



5107 Comments


thanks for this essential review i was going to buy this i thought it would be good you just savedd me 13dollars

iwrestledabigmaconce
April 24th 2010



251 Comments


I enjoy the cover of Still Fly but that is pretty much the only thing from TDWP i enjoy.

Aaron18
April 24th 2010



10 Comments


The thing that pisses me off the most is that none of these bands are punk.

theacademy
April 24th 2010



28225 Comments


To be blunt, the quality of covers found on Punk Goes Crunk range from simply average to
absolutely catastrophic


no. the say anything cover rules.

EDIT: actually, yea, you say this in the last paragraph. you sorta contradict urself.

LepreCon
April 24th 2010



3562 Comments


Crunk should be killed with fire

sspedding
April 24th 2010



4751 Comments


Still Fly cover was excellent.

ThePalestMexican
April 24th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

New Found Glory's cover was actually pretty decent.
And you should actually look into the covers they've done, pretty good stuff when it comes to covers.

theacademy
April 24th 2010



28225 Comments


yea NFG knows their way around a cover. gonna make a list soon of FTSTYS 1 and 2 ranked...

DoubtGin
April 24th 2010



6748 Comments


the Say Anything one is actually pretty neat.. I like it

Gorification
April 24th 2010



1124 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

actually he didnt really contradict himself...he said the songs range from average to catastrophic. he never said the cover "ruled." he just said it was the best track on the album.

TheSpirit
April 24th 2010



17128 Comments


This CD has the only TDWP song i like

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Ire
April 25th 2010



41746 Comments


^agreed

The Say Anything cover is so good.

Emim
April 25th 2010



26474 Comments


Still Fly is ace, and Notorious Thugs is a guilty pleasure of mine.

fr33convict
April 25th 2010



11687 Comments


I like TDWP and Still Fly is awesome.

Beauville88
April 25th 2010



216 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I'm actually rather impressed with TDWP for making a decent metalcore rap cover.

If it wasn't a rap cover, though, it would just be the usual shitty song by them. Maybe their next album should be rap covers...

sspedding
April 25th 2010



4751 Comments


Notorious Thugs is actually not too bad thinking about it.

theacademy
April 25th 2010



28225 Comments


would liek to see a punk goes zombie w/ basically pierce the veil and cobra starshit covering rob zombie

nychicano
April 25th 2010



308 Comments


" i hope that niggers dead so he dont gotta hear this bullshit "

lolol

powerbacke
May 27th 2010



5 Comments


no punk, no crunk. what the fuck?

MusicBoxSuperhero
November 17th 2010



3 Comments


Say Anything's song was gold.



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