Just as DIY compilation cassettes were prevalent in the 1980s, that same blueprint translated to compact disks a decade later, particularly reverberating through the indie/punk circuit, thanks in part to increasingly cheap production costs. So inexpensive in fact, some homegrown labels (like this one) sold their comp CDs via mailorder from $5 to $10, often including postage. While So Punk... isn't particularly seminal (and btw, I strongly challenge the punk credibility of more than a few of it's participants), it's representative of the hundreds of various-artists disks minted on bedroom labels that flooded ad space in zines likes MRR and Flipside throughout the Clinton era. For a lot of folks So Punk... probably began and ended with Less Than Jake whose "ROBO" may have been exclusive to this CD at the time. As for someone like myself who gravitates to the pop side of the punk bullpen, I found saving graces with selections by Boxcar, The Resurgents, Dutchland Diesel and The Camp-fire Girls. Those craving a little more roughage will be served well by The Halflings, and Violent Society, while hardcore purists can find their fix via The Alliance and The Tuners. If the sentiments expressed on a good swath of these tracks strike you as a bit sophomoric, we can rest assured that many of these whippersnappers have gone on to bigger and better things, and are now likely practicing law and medicine.
01. Violent Society - In a Hurry To Die 02. Slacker - Revolution 03. The Camp-fire Girls - Kids Inc. (theme) 04. Shower With Goats - Suicide 05. The Resurgents - Cate is Great 06. Less Than Jake - ROBO 07. Dutchland Diesel - Motto 21 08. Carmel Sun - I Thouroughly Hate You 09. The Tuners - She's an Alcoholic w/ Down on the Floor 10. Knuckleheads - It's Just a Punk Thing 11. The Halflings - Motherfucker 12. Boxcar - What's Eating Bullwinkle? 13. Thistlepink - Dega 14. Novelty - Wither 15. Hip O'Potamus - Dismissle 3 16. The Wastrels - On the Corner 17. Planet Labia - Goonies 18. The Alliance - New Day 19. Hubrubber - Slow Burn 20. Lost Cause - Something to Hide In 21. Eventide - Equal to Me