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Before You Were Punk: A Punk Rock Tribute to 80's New Wave

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Before You Were Punk: A Punk Rock Tribute to 80's New Wave
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Compilation album by Vagrant Records
Released March 11, 1997
Genre Punk rock
Label Vagrant Records
Vagrant Records chronology
Before You Were Punk: A Punk Rock Tribute to 80's New Wave
Before You Were Punk 2: Another Punk Rock Tribute to 80's New Wave
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Before You Were Punk: A Punk Rock Tribute to 80's New Wave is a compilation album released in 1997 by Vagrant Records.  It consists of a number of mid-1990s punk rock bands (most of them from southern California) covering songs that were popularised during the 1980s "new wave" musical movement.  It was an ambitious release for the label, which was still in its early stages, and proved to be a success by selling over 70,000 copies.[2]  It was followed by an equally successful sequel, Before You Were Punk 2: Another Punk Rock Tribute to 80's New Wave, in 1999.

Because Vagrant Records did not yet have an extensive roster of artists, the compilation relied mostly on contributions from bands on other record labels.  Only Face to Face and Automatic 7 had previously released records through Vagrant.  By contrast, Before You Were Punk 2 would feature more bands that had signed to the label between 1997 and 1999.

Track listing

Original performers shown in parentheses
1."I Melt with You" (Modern English)Robbie Grey, Gary McDowell, Stephen Walker, Michael Conroy, Richard BrownGood Riddance 
2."Turning Japanese" (The Vapors)David FentonNo Use for a Name 
3."In Between Days" (The Cure)Robert Smith, Dave AllenFace to Face 
4."Happy Loving Couples" (Joe Jackson)Joe JacksonGuttermouth 
5."Pretty in Pink" (The Psychedelic Furs)Richard Butler, John Ashton, Roger Morris, Tim Butler, Duncan Kilburn, Vince ElyAutomatic 7 
6."Goody Two Shoes" (Adam Ant)Adam Ant, Marco PirroniUnwritten Law 
7."Dancing with Myself" (Generation X)Billy Idol, Tony JamesBlink-182 
8."Crash" (The Primitives)Paul Court, Steve Dullaghan, Tracey TraceyThe Mr. T Experience 
9."Peace, Love and Understanding" (Elvis Costello)Nick LoweDown by Law 
10."Walking in L.A." (Missing Persons)Terry BozzioHagfish 
11."Young Turks" (Rod Stewart)Rod Stewart, Carmine Appice, Duane Hitchings, Kevin SavigarJughead's Revenge 
12."867-5309/Jenny" (Tommy Tutone)Alex Call, Jim KellerBracket 

Album information

  • Record label: Vagrant Records
  • Art direction by Andrew Lenoski, Rich Egan and Jon Cohen
  • Recording and mixing:
    • Tracks 1 and 2 recorded and mixed by Ryan Greene at Razor's Edge Studios in San Francisco, California
    • Track 3 recorded and mixed by Ryan Greene at Razor's Edge Studios in San Francisco, California
    • Tracks 4, 5, 7, 9, and 11 recorded and mixed by Kiley and Dan at Doghouse Studios in Van Nuys, California
    • Track 6 recorded and mixed by Scott Axum and Don Lithgow at DML Studios.
    • Track 8 recorded and mixed by Kevin Army at Roof Bros. Studios in Oakland, California
    • Track 10 recorded and mixed by Jeff Bridges at Big Noise Studios
    • Track 12 recorded and mixed by Jowe Marquez at Prairie Sun Studios
  • Horns on track 6 performed by Buck-O-Nine horn section


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