Various Artists

Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2

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While Fat Mike of NOFX has never been known as one of the more emphatic and articulate political voices in punk rock (let's face it, NOFX have been more about high punk goofiness than making a "statement"), he's certainly been making up for that in 2004, having started the Leftist activist group Punkvoter.com with the expressed goal of voting George W. Bush out of the White House in that year's presidential elections, and releasing not one but two Rock Against Bush compilation albums on his Fat Wreck Chords label. Designed to raise money for Punkvoter.com and awareness about the upcoming election, Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2 offers up 73 minutes worth of circa 21st century punk with a decidedly anti-authoritarian slant; if you're looking for specific anti-Dubya anthems, there aren't a lot of 'em here, though No Use for a Name's acoustic reworking of "Fields of Agony" actually features the voice of the man himself thanks to the magic of sampling, and Bad Religion contribute "Let Them Eat War" from their virulently anti-Republican The Empire Strikes First. Along the way, you get solid new stuff from Green Day, Sleater-Kinney, Foo Fighters and the Dropkick Murphys, hard-to-find tunes from No Doubt, Jawbreaker, and Yellowcard, and generally cool rock from the Lawrence Arms, Flogging Molly, Rancid, Operation Ivy, and the (International) Noise Conspiracy. In short, a good, pissed-off time is had by all, and anyone with a taste for the current state of punk rock and a healthy disgust for the Bush administration will consider their money well spent on this album. The CD is accompanied by a bonus DVD that adds major value to the package, featuring six politically oriented short subjects (including extended previews of Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War and Unconstitutional), five music videos (including NOFX's ridiculous and sublime "Idiot Son of an Asshole"), and some genuinely funny topical humor from Will Ferrell, Patton Oswalt, and Greg Proops. Register to vote, and pick this up on the way home.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:13
2 2:58
3 2:14
4
1:48
5 2:45
6 3:49
7
2:15
8 0:55
9
2:36
10 2:36
11 2:33
12 2:26
13
2:48
14
3:33
15
3:41
16
4:03
17 1:45
18 1:41
19 1:25
20
2:09
21 2:52
22
3:12
23
2:50
24
2:35
25
3:24
26
2:42
27 2:36
28 2:45
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