The Vault: Snot-Punk For Punk Snobs

May 11th, 2007 // 6 Comments

punkusa.jpgBelieve it or not, there once was a time–and we realize how crazy this will sound–when a new pop-punk compilation was not released every three days. Really! In fact, at one point in the mid-’90s, you had to wait three or four whole weeks until you could buy another lower-priced collection of 23 bands doing exactly the same thing. And while most of those records were eventually returned to the used-CD store, Lookout! Records’ 1994 round-up Punk USA remains a stand-out, as it hits on every pre-emo “punk” strain possible, from the snot-rock sounds of the Vindictives to the stab-guitar melodrama of Garden Variety:

Scratch Bongowax – Nobody Home [MP3, link expired]
The Vindictives – I’m In Trouble Now [MP3, link expired]
Garden Variety – Pretty Mouth [MP3, link expired]

  1. thepunkguy

    How did Radio 4 emerge from Garden Variety? I am just asking.

  2. rinjonjori

    Radio 4? never heard that… Garden Variety is awesome. The world can never have enough bands that sound like American Standard.

  3. King of Pants

    What, no Less Than Jake?

  4. Lucas Jensen

    Holy crap. I have this CD.

  5. pjohn

    jawbreaker’s sea foam green is on here – this is so worth owning just for that.

  6. thepunkguy

    yeah. anthony roman from GV went on to start radio 4. i remember him saying years ago that he was starting a rockabilly band. I think maybe he meant radio 4. either that or he was planning on starting a band with lil stevie.

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