VARIOUS ARTISTS: Protect: A Benefit for the National Association to Protect Children: CD

I hope I’m not the only one that is reviewing this CD. I can’t say that I was too into this comp and not be lying. I wasn’t too moved by the songs. I did like the NOFX cut. I also liked that Darkest Hour was followed by one my more favorite Soviettes tracks. The Western Addiction track was cool, too. But that was about it for me. Not a great ratio out of twenty-six tracks. But I have faith that one of the many contributors of this here mag who likes the music more will be more enthused of the music. I am glad that Razorcake is involved with this organization. The man we put on a high pedestal, Todd Taylor, has done the liner notes for this release. He explains the goals of the organization that it is here for the rights of children. Is that a bad thing? No. If you are punk and only are involved because you want to look cool and get drunk, I hope you are one of the many who leave the scene after a year or two. Good riddance. One of the things that keeps me involved is that information through the underground is unfiltered and can change the way you look at mainstream society. Also, it gives you new avenues to get you involved. This comp, like it or not, gets you involved. All proceeds from sales go to the organization. Look up www.protect.org and see if it moves you enough to get off your butt. Since I did not pay for this, I am giving this to my cousin’s kid who is starting to get into punk and see if it moves her. If it does, she will be a future member of society who actually cares about something. So go out and buy a copy and give it to someone else. But then again, buy one for yourself and one for someone who might get something out of it.

–don (Fat)