Various Artists: Punk Goes ‘90s

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Punk Goes ‘90s
(Fearless)

The Punk Goes… series from Fearless Records has been a big part of the label’s catalog. They have pulled off bands covering acoustic songs, ska jams, and now the catalog offers up their take of memorable hits from the 1990s.

The record kicks off with Mae taking on Nine Inch Nails “March of the Pigs,” but the vocalist just doesn’t grab that haunting Reznor factor. Gym Class Heroes totally butchers the Red Hot Chilli Peppers “Under the Bridge,” and Copeland knocks off a dark version of “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden.

Scary Kids Scaring Kids beefs up R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” to give it a much needed kick in the pants. Cartel adds some nice piano touches to Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” and hearing Bleeding Through cover “Stars” by Hum wasn’t as special as I had hoped for. They really don’t change the song up from the original version, but they did a nice job nailing the “Hum sound.”

The St. Louis band So They Say had the task of doing justice to Nirvana’s “In Bloom” to close out the 15-track offering. Though they put their own spin on the song, Nirvana is just one of those bands that should never be altered.

The remainder of the songs sounded very similar to the original versions, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch for these punk pop bands. All in all, there are some quality cuts here for fans of both bands to enjoy, and if you are adamant about completing your Punk Goes… collection, the ‘90s version will please you quite well.