Punk-O-Rama was the title given to a series of ten compilation albums published by Epitaph Records between and The first volume was released in , the second in , and the rest annually from to The albums included artists from Epitaph's roster as well as from its subsidiary label ANTI- and its partnership labels Hellcat Records and Burning Heart Records. In total the series included songs contributed by 88 different artists.
Rancid and Pennywise are the only bands to appear on all 10 volumes. Scott Radinsky appears on all 10, 1 with Ten Foot Pole and 9 with Pulley.
As its title implied, the series featured mostly punk rock and various punk subgenres such as garage punk, hardcore punk, pop punk, post-hardcore, ska punk, skate punk, and street punk. However, as the series went on and the labels' rosters diversified, the music of the Punk-O-Rama compilations grew to include additional styles of music such as alternative hip hop, alternative rock, digital hardcore, emo, experimental music, garage rock, indie rock, metalcore, psychobilly, and screamo.
Artwork for the series was inconsistent over the first four installments, with cover art and layout provided by varying artists and designers. C. Martin provided artwork and layout for both the fifth and sixth volumes, though they had differing styles and themes. Nick Pritchard of www.oxygen.com.ro provided artwork and layout for the final four volumes of the series, which adopted a similar look and style.
Epitaph also organized several Punk-O-Rama tours featuring bands that had contributed to the compilations, such as Agnostic Front, All, The Distillers, Guttermouth, Millencolin, Straight Faced, and the Voodoo Glow Skulls. Occasionally these would be accompanied by special Punk-O-Rama tour sampler CDs that differed from the main. series of compilation albums. In the label published the DVDPunk-O-Rama: The Videos, Volume 1, including 22 music videos and "The Epitaph Story", a short film relating the history of the label. Though a second volume was never published, the subsequent ninth and tenth albums in the compilation series included DVDs of music videos as well.
In Epitaph announced the retirement of the Punk-O-Rama brand in favor of a new series titled Unsound, the less genre-specific title being more conducive to the label's expanding roster of musical styles. However, only one compilation was published under the Unsound banner before that series was also discontinued.
Punk-O-Rama is a compilation album released by Epitaph Records on November 18, Featuring twelve bands from the label's roster, the album was the first installment in the Punk-O-Rama series which continued until
|1.||"Do What You Want" (from Suffer, )||Brett Gurewitz||Bad Religion|
|2.||"Don't Call Me White" (from Punk in Drublic, )||Fat Mike||NOFX|
|3.||"Hyena" (from Rancid, )||Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman||Rancid|
|4.||"Session" (from Ignition, )||Dexter Holland, Kristine Luna, Jill Eckhaus||The Offspring|
|5.||"Dying to Know" (from Unknown Road, )||Jim Lindberg, Fletcher Dragge, Randy Bradbury, Jason Thirsk, Byron McMackin||Pennywise|
|6.||"I Wanna Riot" (from "Roots Radicals", )||Rancid|
|7.||"Riot City" (from Pledge of Defiance, )||Total Chaos|
|8.||"Crooked Bird" (from One Inch Masters, )||Gas Huffer|
|9.||"We're Back, We're Pissed" (from Riches to Rags, )||RKL|
|"Jennifer Lost the War" (from The Offspring, )||Holland||The Offspring|
|"Bright Green Globe" (from Punkrockacademyfightsong, )||Down by Law|
|"Open Door" (from Pennywise, )||Dragge, Lindberg, McMackin, Thirsk||Pennywise|
|"Crack in the Universe" (from The Hard Stuff, )||Wayne Kramer|
|"Liza and Louise" (from White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean, )||Fat Mike||NOFX|
|"My Wall" (from Rev, )||Ten Foot Pole|
|"Reality Is a Ride on the Bus" (from Something Green and Leafy This Way Comes, )||Ken Chinn, Marc Belke, Brent Belke, Rob Johnson, Dave Rees||SNFU|
Punk-O-Rama Vol. 2 ()
Punk-O-Rama Vol. 2 is the second compilation album in the Punk-O-Rama series. This was the first entry to be released at a low price, so that it was more appealing for someone to buy to check out Epitaph's artists.
All of the songs were previously released with the exception of DFL's "Thought Control". Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' cover of Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young" made its CD debut here, as it was previously only available on Billy, a vinyl single released by the band.
- Vans Warped Tour '97 Presents Punk-O-Rama
A tour edition of this volume was released in conjunction with the Vans Warped Tour. The artwork and track listing are slightly modified. The track listing is as follows:
Punk-O-Rama III ()
Punk-O-Rama III is the third compilation album in the Punk-O-Rama series.
This entry features two previously unreleased tracks, "We Threw Gasoline on the Fire and Now We Have Stumps for Arms and No Eyebrows" by NOFX and "Wake Up" by Pennywise. NOFX's track was later released on their rarities compilation 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough to Go on Our Other Records. The European version has Undeclinable Ambuscade's track "7 Years" and takes off "Lozin' Must" by Millencolin.
- Europe version
- "We Threw Gasoline on the Fire and Now All We Have Stumps for Arms and No Eyebrows" – NOFX
- "Everybodies Girl" – Dwarves
- "World's on Heroin" – All
- "Say Anything" – Bouncing Souls
- "Delinquent Song" – Voodoo Glow Skulls
- "Everready" – H2O
- "Greed Motivates" – Straight Faced
- "Telepath Boy" – ZEKE
- "Never Connected" – Union 13
- "Gotta Go" – Agnostic Front
- "Defiled" – New Bomb Turks
- "Haulass Hyena" – The Cramps
- "Rats in the Hallway" – Rancid
- "Steel-Toed Sneakers" – Humpers
- "Bad Seed" – Wayne Kramer
- "Rotten Egg" – Gas Huffer
- "Poison Steak" – Red Aunts
- "No Equalizer" – Down By Law
- "Alright" – Osker
- "A.D.D." – Ten Foot Pole
- "7 Years" - Undeclinable Ambuscade
- "You" – Bad Religion
- "Nailed To The Floor" – I Against I
- "3 Times 75" – Looking Up
- "Time's Up" – Burning Heads
- "If" – Pulley
- "Wake Up" – Pennywise
Punk-O-Rama 4: Straight Outa The Pit ()
Punk-O-Rama 4 is the fourth compilation album in the Punk-O-Rama series. This is the only entry to have a sub-title.
All of the tracks were previously released except the first track, "Fight It" by Pennywise.
This was the first entry to include bands from the Swedish Burning Heart Records label, which has its material distributed by Epitaph Records in North America. It also includes a song from the Tom Waits album Mule Variations, which was released on Epitaph's indie rock label ANTI-.
- Europe version
- "Fight It" – Pennywise –
- "Second Best" – Pulley –
- "Faster Than the World" – H2O –
- "" – Rancid –
- "Watch Me Play" – Heideroosjes –
- "Hopeless Romantic" – The Bouncing Souls –
- "The Getaway" – Ten Foot Pole –
- "Think the World" – ALL –
- "Snap Decision (At Rope's End)" – New Bomb Turks –
- "Generator" – Bad Religion –
- "I Will Deny" – Dwarves –
- "Let's Do This" – Straight Faced –
- "It's My Life" – Agnostic Front –
- "Panic" – Beatsteaks –
- "Theme From Eeviac" – Man Or Astro-Man? –
- "They Always Come Back" – Voodoo Glow Skulls –
- "Twisted" – Zeke –
- "Don't Panic" – Gas Huffer –
- "Big in Japan" – Tom Waits –
- "Someone to Love?" – Gentleman Jack Grisham –
- "A Life's Story" – Union 13 –
- "Picture This" – 98 Mute –
- "Lucky" – Osker –
- "The Best Place In The World To Leave" – I Against I –
- "Kids of the K-Hole" – NOFX –
Punk-O-Rama #5 ()
Punk-O-Rama 5 is the fifth compilation album in the Punk-O-Rama series.
All of the tracks were previously released except for "Pump Up the Valium" by NOFX and "Problematic" by All. The latter two tracks were title tracks left off the band's current albums at the time, NOFX's Pump Up the Valuum and ALL's Problematic. Also, NOFX's track was later released on the rarities compilation album 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough to Go on Our Other Records.
"Secure Horizons" by Guttermouth was later rerecorded on their Covered With Ants record.
"Good Rats" by Dropkick Murphys was later rerecorded on their Sing Loud Sing Proud record.
The Rancid song "Poison" was a demo version of the song off their Rancid 5 record.
This is the only entry in the series not to include a song by Bad Religion.
|1.||"Pump up the Valuum"||NOFX|
Punk-O-Rama Vol. 4