Album Review

Teenage Dirtbags - The United State Of Pop PunkTeenage Dirtbags – Compilation

Back in the late 90’s buying a compilation album seemed to be all the rage with the latest edition of the ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ compilation album being on pretty much everyone’s most wanted album list and also the likes of Punk O Rama’, ‘Rock Against Bush’, ‘The Kerrang Albums’ also being the most wanted compilation albums in the alternative music scene, yet in recent years compilation albums have been few and far between mainly due to the fact that digital music has taken off so much that you can download singles and single tracks from an album for the little cost of 79p and make up your own playlist for the fraction of the cost of what a compilation album costs.

Well on the 19th August Universal Music are being daring and putting out a 44 track compilation album called ‘Teenage Dirtbags’ which features some of the biggest and best bands and tracks from the golden era of pop punk so if you were a teen in the late 90’s or early 00’s then it is safe to say that ‘Teenage Dirtbags’ contains the playlist from your teenage years.

The album features some complete gems such as Wheatus ‘Teenage Dirtbags’, Blink 182 ‘All The Small Things’, Sum 41 ‘In Too Deep’, ‘ Lit ‘My Own Worst Enemy’, ‘ New Found Glory ‘My Friends Over You’, Bowling For Soup ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’, Puddle Of Mudd ‘She Hates Me, OPM ‘Heaven Is A Halfpipe’, Billy Talent ‘Try Honestly’, Weezer ‘Buddy Holly’, ‘The Bloodhound Gang ‘The Bad Touch’, P.O.D ‘Alive’, Yellowcard ‘Oceans Avenue’, A ‘Nothing’, ‘Papa Roach ‘Last Resort’, Reel Big Fish ‘Sell Out’ and so many more classic songs.

The whole double compilation album is full of classic tracks the majority of them as listed above are great but there are also a couple of guilty pleasures such as Metro Station ‘Shake It’, Rasmus ‘In The Shadows’ and Sugar Ray ’Every Morning’ which may well be cringe worthy to re-experience all these years on.

For me ‘Teenage Dirtbags’ takes me way back to the release of the first ever American Pie film as many of the tracks featured here were featured during that film and the soundtrack which was released alongside the film, it also reminds me of trips to Newquay and general teenage nights out and I am sure that for thousands of people just looking over the track list of this compilation will bring back many good memories.

Overal £10 for a 44 track compilation album is fantastic as it works out as 22p a track and when the track listing is this solid I can see ‘Teenage Dirtbags’ being peoples playlist for the next couple of months.


Review by Trigger

 Album Artwork
 Track Listing

CD1 Track-listing:
1. Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbags
2. Blink 182 – All The Small Things
3. Sum 41 – In Too Deep
4. Lit – My Own Worst Enemy
5. New Found Glory – My Friends Over You
6. Bowling For Soup – Girl All The Bad Guys Want
7. Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal
8. Fountains Of Wayne – Stacy’s Mom
9. Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
10. Puddle Of Mudd – She Hates Me
11. Smash Mouth – All Star
12. OPM – Heaven Is A Half Pipe
13. Len – Steal My Sunshine
14. Sugar Ray – Every Morning
15. Hoobastank – The Reason
16. Crazy Town – Butterfly
17. Reel Big Fish – Sell Out
18. Sublime – Santeria
19. Less Than Jake – She’s Gonna Break Soon
20. Goldfinger – Superman
21. American Hifi – Flavor Of The Week
22. Billy Talent – Try Honesty

CD2 Track-listing:
1. Weezer – Buddy Holly
2. Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows
3. Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch
4. Papa Roach – Last Resort
5. Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance
6. Hole – Celebrity Skin
7. Marilyn Manson – tainted Love
8. Rasmus – In The Shadows
9. Evanescence – Bring Me To Life
10. Andrew W.K – Party Hard
11. P.O.D – Alive
12. Metro Station – Shake It
13. Box Car Racer – I Feel So
14. OK Go – Get Over It
15. Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue
16. Funeral For A Friend – Juneau
17. A – Nothing
18. Head Automatica – Beating Heart Baby
19. Rival Schools – Used For Glue
20. Hundred Reasons – Silver
21. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Face Down
22. The Ataris – The Boys Of Summer

 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?