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Hopelessly Devoted to You

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Following in the tradition of other indie, but well-funded punk labels such as Lookout!, Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph come a CD sampler under five bucks. This time we have Hopeless Records following into this trend, but not to say that this is a bad idea or anything. Rather, it's a clever and affordable way to discover some new bands that label is putting out. So in the long run everybody wins, the kiddies have a bigger collection and the label makes some extra cash.

In this case, Hopelessly Devoted To You is a best of obnoxious, galloping pop-punk from the West Coast -except for Funeral Oration who hail from Amsterdam. So yeah, those guys stand out as well as 88 Fingers Louie -who even contribute a cover of the Misfits' "Night of the Living Dead"- Schlong, White Kaps and Digger; all whom have that immature, snotty high school mentality pop-punk, but that's where all the fun is.

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