The 1990s were a special time. No longer did you have to sift through crates at your local record store or mail small, independent labels for that 7-inch single that may or may not be sold out of the original pressing of 500 copies from your favorite punk band. All you needed was your touch tone phone and a credit card to get all of your favorite punk bands in one place.
36 great punk hits on two CDs or cassettes from bands like Huey Lewis and The News, INXS, The Knack and Men at Work is a work of… wait… those aren’t punk bands! 90s TV lied to us for their own financial gain, trying to capitalize on previous compilations like Now That’s What I Call Music!, Jock Jams and Club MTV Party To Go. Their commercial didn’t even have authentic punks, just some actors in wigs chewing gum and grossly overusing the phrase “maaannn.”
This CD may be full of your favorite pop and new wave bands, but there is nothing anti-establishment, do-it-yourself or broken-down-van about this. Nothing about this screams anarchy or spit in my face.
Which is exactly why it is so hilarious.
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