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22 Punk Albums Turning 20 In ’22

Punktuation’s Tracey Moyle takes a look back at 22 punk albums that helped define 2002.

Punk in 2002 was as diverse as the musical soup the world was swimming in at the time. The Billboard top three songs of the year consisted of Rock, R&B and Rap. Punk, as usual, was not paying attention to the ‘popular kids’; it was just keeping its head down and doing its own thing.

Pop-punk bands were starting to find their feet alongside those with hardcore influences. Industry staples weren’t fading away either; they kept up with the new younger brats on the scene and showed the upstarts how punk music is played properly.

We have put together just some of the albums celebrating two decades of influence. How many of these do you have in your CD collection?

1. Die Toten Hosen Auswärtsspiel

Release Date: January 21

Auswärtsspiel (Away game) was Die Toten Hosen‘s, nineth release. This was a very personal record for the popular German punk band and one of the band’s favourite albums.

Du Lebst Nur Einmal (Vorher)2:09
Schlampe (Nachher)3:01
Was Zählt4:37
Cokane In My Brain3:22
Graue Panther2:52
Kanzler Sein…3:26
Das Mädchen Aus Rottweil3:18
Nur Zu Besuch4:29
Steh Auf, Wenn Du Am Boden Bist3:52
Amanita Phalloides2:26
Depression Deluxe3:08
Venceremos – Wir Werden Siegen3:26
Kein Alkohol (Ist Auch Keine Lösung)!

Further Album Info


2. Bad ReligionThe Process of Belief

Release Date: January 22
Epitaph Records

Bad Religion’s twelfth studio album saw founder Brett Gurewitz return to the band after an eight-year hiatus. The Process of Belief was produced by vocalist Greg Graffin and Gurewitz and debuted at #49 on the Billboard 200 chart.



2Prove It1:14
3Can’t Stop It1:09
5Destined For Nothing2:35
7Kyoto Now!3:19
11The Defense3:53
12The Lie2:18
13You Don’t Belong2:49
14Bored & Extremely Dangerous3:25

Further Album Info


3. The Distillers- Sing Sing Death House

Release Date: January 25
Hellcat Records

Aussie born Brody Dalle fronts LA punks The Distillers. Sing Sing Death House was the bands second offering with critics at the time labelling the band ‘one to watch’. The album’s Seneca Falls refers to the first women’s rights convention, the Seneca Falls Convention, and landed a spot on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4.


Sick Of It All
I Am A Revenant
Seneca Falls
The Young Crazed Peeling
Sing Sing Death House
Bullet & The Bullseye
City Of Angels
Young Girl
Hate Me
I Understand
Lordy Lordy

Further Album Info

Don't worry about me

4. Joey RamoneDon’t Worry About Me

Release Date: February 19

Sanctuary Records

Don’t Worry About Me was released posthumously ten months after Joey Ramones death. The album channelled classic Ramones ’60s garage rock vibes with Joey’s popular cover of Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World, appearing as the end credit track for Michael Moore‘s film Bowling for Columbine later that year.



What A Wonderful World2:22
Stop Thinking About It2:56
Mr. Punchy2:35
Maria Bartiromo3:57
Spirit In My House2:01
Venting (It’s A Different World Today)3:17
Like A Drug I Never Did Before2:02
Searching For Something4:11
I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)3:40
Don’t Worry About Me3:53

Further Album Info


5. FinchWhat It Is to Burn

Release Date: March 12

CA- Drive-Thru

What It Is To Burn was the debut for Californian emo/punks Finch. The album is revered as a landmark release for the emo and post-hardcore scenes. The title track almost didn’t make the album, not even appearing on early copies of the CD. It was added after the band saw a positive reaction to it from fans. The very reason the song sits last on the tracklist and the previous song is called Ender.



New Beginnings4:02
Letters To You3:20
Post Script2:50
Grey Matter2:40
Perfection Through Silence3:09
Without You Here4:10
Stay With Me4:03
Project Mayhem5:19
Three Simple Words4:39
What It Is To Burn

Further Album Info

  • Producer, Engineer, Mixed By, Recorded By, Programmed By Mark Trombino


6. MillencolinHome From Home

Release Date: March 12th

Swedish ska/skate punks Millencolin wrote Home From Home while touring their previous smash album Pennybridge Pioneers. Prior to the album’s release, on February 2 the second track, Fingers Crossed, was made available for download after playing a game on the band’s website.

Man Or Mouse3:04
Fingers Crossed2:47
Black Eye3:13
Punk Rock Rebel3:06
Botanic Mistress2:11
Happiness For Dogs3:25
Battery Check3:20
Fuel To The Flame1:54
Greener Grass2:50
Home From Home

Further Album Info:

  • Recorded at: Little Big Room Studios
  • Produced by: Lou Giordano
  • Engineered by: Mats Lindfors, Fredrik Andersson, and Ernie.
  • Mastered by: Peter In de Betou at Cutting Room.

Flogging Molly

7. Flogging MollyDrunken Lullabies

Release Date: March March 19

SideOneDummy Records

Drunken Lullabies is the second offering from LA-based American-Irish Celtic punk band Flogging Molly. Cl ssic Irish folk/punk with a full ensemble including fiddle, tin whistle, accordion and mandolin belting out addictively danceable songs at a lively speed. The title track is another 2002 hit to be featured on the soundtrack of the video game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4.



Drunken Lullabies3:50
What’s Left Of The Flag3:38
May The Living Be Dead (In Our Wake)3:50
If I Ever Leave This World Alive3:21
The Kilburn High Road3:43
Rebels Of The Sacred Heart5:11
Cruel Mistress2:57
Death Valley Queen4:18
Another Bag Of Bricks3:45
The Rare Ould Times4:06
The Son Never Shines (On Closed Doors)

Further Album Info

  • Music By, Music By, Arranged By, Producer, Recorded By, Mixed By Ted Hutt
  • Arranged by, Music By, Produced by Flogging Molly

simple plan

8. Simple PlanNo Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls

Release Date: March March 19

Lava Records

Canadian power-pop punks Simple Plan debuted onto the scene with No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls, reaching out to a new generation of young misfits. Following in the footsteps of popular U.S. peers Good Charlotte, blink- 182 and New Found Glory their music revolved around being an outcast appealing to the latch-key kids at the time… and beyond. The debut track Just A Kid featured in films Grind, The New Guy and Cheaper By The Dozen.



I’d Do Anything
The Worst Day Ever
You Don’t Mean Anything
I’m Just A Kid
When I’m With You
Meet You There
My Alien
God Must Hate Me
I Won’t Be There
One Day

Further Album Info

Taking Back Sunday

9. Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends

Release Date: March 26

Victory Records

Post-hardcore/emo rockers Taking Back Sunday burst onto the scene in 2002 with their debut Tell All Your Friends. The album produced two singles Great Romances of the 20th Century and You’re So Last Summer. The track Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team) was never officially released as a single, a ‘Fight Club’ style video was produced and the song is still the bands most popular track to date.


A1You Know How I Do
A2Bike Scene
A3Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team)
A4There’s No ‘I’ In Team
A5Great Romances Of The 20th Century
B1Ghost Man On Third
B2Timberwolves At New Jersey
B3The Blue Channel
B4You’re So Last Summer
B5Head Club
B6The Ballad Of Sal Villanueva

Further Album Info

The Queers

10. The Queers Pleasant Screams 

Release Date: April 9
Lookout Records

These New Hampshire punks were playing music while most of the previously listed bands were still playing hide and seek. (And the band is still releasing music today.) Their major influence pointing a big fat finger directly at the Ramones,(even the album title mimics the Ramones album Pleasant Dreams) The Queers were known for their proto/pop-punk sound and high energy live shows. Pleasant Screams was popular amongst their fanbase with the track See You Later Fuckface still their most popular song.

Get A Life & Live It
See Ya Later Fuckface
I Wanna Be Happy
Danny Vapid
I Never Got The Girl
It’s Cold Outside
Psycho Over You
Generation Of Swine
Tic Tic Toc
I Don’t Want You Hanging Around
You Just Gotta Blow My Mind
Debbie Be True
Molly Neuman

Further Album Info

Strung Out

11. Strung OutAn American Paradox

Release Date: April 23
Fat Wreck Chords

An American Paradox is the fourth full-length album from Strung Out via Fat Wreck Chords. ‘Strung Out’ captures punk in every broad sense of the genre. Vocalist Jason Cruz displays his form of vocal gymnastics to perfection with his range taking songs from melodically pop-punk, to hardcore screams and metal growls. The band released a 2002 record that brought metal and punk into one frantic space.

Velvet Alley3:02
Kill Your Scene2:09
Alien Amplifier2:36
Cult Of The Subterranean2:59
Lubricating The Revolution1:49
The Kids3:01
An American Paradox2:36
Razor Sex2:56

Recorded by Donnell Cameron,Chris Gresham and Mike Trujillo at Westbeach Recorders 
Mixed by Donnell Cameron
Mastered by Eddie Schreyer


12. Goldfinger  –  Open Your Eyes

Release Date: May 21
 Jive Records.

Open Your Eyes was the fourth offering from Goldfinger. The album was a step away from the upbeat pop-punk driven ska, fans were familiar with. Heavier, angrier and filled with intent, John Feldman produced an album that showed the fans a more thought-provoking side to Goldfinger.

Going Home1:36
Open Your Eyes2:47
Tell Me2:14
It’s Your Life2:24
Spank Bank1:20

Produced by John Feldman

Avril Lavigne

13. Avril LavigneLet Go

Release Date: June 4
Arista Records

Whether 17-year-old Canadian Avil Lavigne intended to become a pop-punk princess in 2002 or not her debut Let Go certainly catapulted her into that world. Along with her debut hit Complicated, her second single Ska8er Boi sold over 1.8 million copies worldwide reaching a top ten position in over ten countries. After the release of Let Go, Lavigne quickly became the pop-punk inspiration millions of young girls were craving for at the time.

Losing Grip3:53
Sk8er Boi3:24
I’m With You3:44
Anything But Ordinary4:11
Things I’ll Never Say3:44
My World3:27
Nobody’s Fool3:57
Too Much To Ask3:46

Additional Music Info

My Chemical Romance

14. My Chemical Romance – I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love

Release Date: July 23
Eyeball Records

As he watched the horror of 9/11 unfold before him, Gerard Way made the decision to followed his dream and start a band. MCR’s debut album I Brought You My Bullets... was a raw and emotive concept album capturing a story of love, death, redemption and horror. Bringing together emotive post-punk with the energy of hardcore their debut album was the first step into an iconic emo/punk journey that fans around the globe will forever be grateful for. The track Skylines and Turnstiles were written shortly after the September 11 attack – an indication of how witnessing the World Trade Center towers fall influenced Way’s life and music.

Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough For The Two Of Us3:51
Vampires Will Never Hurt You5:26
Drowning Lessons4:23
Our Lady Of Sorrows2:05
Headfirst For Halos3:28
Skylines And Turnstiles3:23
Early Sunsets Over Monroeville5:05
This Is The Best Day Ever2:12
Demolition Lovers

Further Album Info


15. Reel Big Fish Cheer Up

Release Date: June 25

Cheer Up saw Reel Big Fish combine their popular ska sound with rock influences. The band’s typical upbeat feel throughout the album disguises a self-loathing within their lyrics. A smooth acapella cover of Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York highlights the variety and talent the ska favourites are popular for. Trumpet player-guitarist-pianist-vocalist Scott Klopfenstein fronts the track Drunk Again giving the album more of a diverse tracklist.

Good Thing3:38
Somebody Loved Me3:19
Ban The Tube Top3:10
Cheer Up2:43
Where Have You Been?4:01
What Are Friends For3:35
A Little Doubt Goes A Long Way3:20
Dateless Losers3:47
Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Bitchin’2:53
New York, New York3:25
Sayonara Senorita3:25
Boss DJ3:09
Brand New Hero3:39
Drunk Again4:49
Give It To Me

Further Album Info

No Use For A Name

16.No Use For A NameHard Rock Bottom

Release Date: June 18
Fat Wreck Chords

Hard Rock Bottom was album number six from Californian punk rockers No Use For A Name. The album’s release kicked off a year of heavy touring for the band with spots at the 2002 Warped Tour before embarking on a headlining tour around the U.S. The tour carried on throughout Canada and Europe over the next 12 months. The album was well-received by critics and remains a mainstay amongst fans especially since the untimely passing of vocalist Tony Sly in 2012.

Feels Like Home1:04
International You Day2:52
Pre-Medicated Murder1:58
Dumb Reminders2:49
Any Number Can Play2:37
Friends Of The Enemy3:26
Let Me Down2:57
This Is A Rebel Song2:23
Insecurity Alert3:10
Nailed Shut2:41
NUFAN (Band Shot Video)

Further Album Info

the mighty mighty bosstones

17. The Mighty Mighty BosstonesA Jackknife To A Swan

Release Date: July 9
SideOneDummy Records

Album number seven for Boston ska-punks The Mighty Mighty Bosstones A Jackknife To A Swan is a reference to both the elegant Olympic high dive and the death of something beautiful. It was also the last album released by the group before their four-year hiatus between 2003 and 2007. The band took time out after a ten-year, constant touring schedule and to allow some members to spend time on side projects.

A Jackknife To A Swan2:48
Mr. Moran3:04
You Gotta Go!2:42
Everybody’s Better3:41
Sugar Free2:44
I Want My City Back3:16
You’re Chasing The Sun Away3:28
You Can’t Win3:19
The Old School Off The Bright2:26
The Punch Line3:15
Go Big2:52
Shit Out Of Luck2:57
Seven Ways To Sunday

Further Album Info


18. Against Me!Against Me! Is Reinventing Axl Rose

Release Date: July 23
No Idea Records

Reinventing Axl Rose was the debut release for Floridian punks Against Me! Fronted by founder, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist Laura Jane Grace. The album received critical acclaim, including Canadian magazine Exclaim! calling the album the “missing link between the Clash and Bob Dylan. In 2012 Grace was one of the first highly visible punk rock musicians to come out as transgender.


Pints Of Guinness Make You Strong 2:40
The Politics Of Starving 3:06
We Laugh At Danger (And Break All The Rules) 3:17
I Still Love You Julie 3:12
Scream It Until You’re Coughing Up Blood 2:28
Jordan’s 1’st Choice 2:08
Those Anarcho Punks Are Mysterious… 2:24
Reinventing Axl Rose 2:25
Baby, I’m An Anarchist! 2:40
Walking Is Still Honest 2:37
8 Full Hours Of Sleep 3:59

Further Album Info

Produced by Rob McGregor


19. Guttermouth Gusto

Release Date: August 1
Epitaph Records

Huntington Beach pop-punks Guttermouth‘s seventh release, Gusto, wasn’t regarded as one of the highlights of their career. The album was the first with a new lineup. Although the band’s cheeky humour and sarcastic lyrics were on the spot, their sound ventured too far from home for fans to take on.



Camp Fire Girl #62
Scholarship In Punk
Pee In The Shower
Walk Of Shame
My Town
Looking Out For #1
My Girlfriend
Lemon Water

Further Album Info

20. Authority Zero A Passage In Time

Release Date: September 10
Lava Records

Authority Zero’s debut A Passage In Time was an assault on the musical senses with a mix of skate punk, rock and ska seasoned with Spanish and Portuguese influences. The album received mixed reviews from both critics and fans.

Intro: “Papa”
A Passage In Time
Lying Awake
One More Minute
Sky’s The Limit
Some People
Mesa Town
La Surf
Over Seasons
Gool Ol’ Days
Not You
One More Minute
Sky’s The Limit

Further Album Info

Producer, Mixed By Dave Jerden

Good Charlotte

21. Good CharlotteThe Young and the Hopeless

Release Date: October 1
Epic Records

The Young And The Hopeless was pop punks Good Charlottes’ sophomore album, and although it received a mixed review from critics, it was a massive commercial success. The album’s single, The Anthem, became the band’s biggest hit.

A New Beginning1:50
The Anthem2:55
Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous3:10
The Story Of My Old Man2:41
Girls & Boys3:03
My Bloody Valentine3:54
Hold On4:05
Riot Girl2:17
Say Anything4:21
The Day That I Die2:58
The Young & The Hopeless3:32
Movin’ On3:27
Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous
Behind The Scenes Footage

Further Album Details


22. Sum 41 Does This Look Infected

Release Date: November 26
Aquarius Records

Canadian punks Sum 41’s second album, Does This Look Infected, took the band’s sound in a heavier, darker direction than their debut All Killer No Filler. The band left all their pop punk melodies behind for a hardcore/horror punk element (with a hint of hip-hop) and produced a killer album blending punk rock with metal elements.

The Hell Song3:18
Over My Head (Better Off Dead)2:29
My Direction2:02
Still Waiting2:38
No Brains2:46
All Messed Up2:44
Mr. Amsterdam2:56
Thanks For Nothing3:04
Billy Spleen2:32

Further Album Details

Produced by Greig Nori
Mastered By Howie Weinberg
Mixed By Tom Lord-Alge
Mixed By Andy Wallace

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