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Five Years on the Streets

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Back in 1998, Vagrant Records was just getting going and lacked a distinct sound. So to promote the young label, it gathered its bands -- punkers Face to Face, Gotohells, and Boxer -- debuted a band it would end up signing -- emo rockers No Motiv -- and grabbed some covers from blink-182 and MxPx to gain some notoriety. Throw in previously unreleased material from blink-182, the Hippos, and Automatic 7, with some borrowed tunes from underground favs J Church and Down By Law and then-unknown Nuclear Saturday, and you have an odd amalgam of tracks from across the punk landscape. While it may lack focus, and the follow-up Another Five Years on the Streets better represents what the label's all about, you can't go wrong for four bucks. The opening live song from Face to Face is a highlight, and blink-182's rendition of "Dancing With Myself" is a scream.

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