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Good Charlotte The Young & The Hopeless We receive various CDs from the radio cores that we remanufacture. As a result, we are are now selling them! Our CDs are professionally resurfaced and are guaranteed to work or your money back! These listings are for the disc only and do not come with the case, album art, or inserts. If you have any questions about the CDs, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.6 x 4.9 x 0.39 inches; 3.52 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Legacy
- Item model number : 29562817
- Original Release Date : 2012
- Run time : 59 minutes
- Date First Available : June 24, 2012
- Label : Legacy
- ASIN : B008DVJOMI
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,109 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Shift south of the border to Washington, D.C., once the absolute center of the burgeoning hardcore/punk scene of the early '80s, second only to southern California in number of bands coming out at the time. A little way's outside of the city lies the modest-sized working class suburb of Waldorf, Maryland. There you find the brothers Madden, Joel and Benji, both born on the same day in 1979 and their band, Good Charlotte, was just one of the many relatively unknown pop-punk acts slogging it out in the early part of this decade, trying to make ends meet. They were joined by friends Billy Martin and Paul Thomas, all four of whom skipped college in favor of the more challenging decision of realizing their dreams of rock and roll stardom.
The liner notes to this CD by Benj himself are so sincere and true that you've just got to root for these guys. They after all emerged against the odds of working low paying jobs and crashing at each other's houses and as Benj puts it, literally existing on a steady diet of ramen noodles to survive. In the time-honored tradition of rock and roll and particularly punk rock, it was the strength of their music that broke them free of a dead end life and into the CD players of kids around the world, all yearning to hear something great. And that's just what "The Young and the Hopeless" is, a truly great album.
I first heard one song off this CD by accident at a party in 2003. I had never heard of the band before, given the fact that I don't watch MTV and am not exposed to the mainstream music press much. But I was immediately drawn into their sound and for good reason. This music is brilliant pop-punk, shown best by the first proper song on the album, "The Anthem," and the opening instrumental "A New Beginning" that precedes it, where the band demonstrate their musical chops and show that while they are far from a hardcore or thrash band, they can play fast with the best of them.
Speaking of Sum 41, one thing they did on their 2001 breakthrough release "All Killer No Filler" is to set a trend for bringing a more old school guitar sound back into pop-punk, complete with a reverb tone that hearkens back to classic punk of the past. I feel that guitarist Benj of Good Charlotte really picked up on this the following year on "The Young and the Hopeless," demonstrated in tracks like "Wondering." It's as equally effective and genuine here as it was on Sum 41's said opus.
The speed returns on track number five "The Story Of My Old Man," and it's another standout. I do tend to favor the more upbeat numbers on this album, like the super catchy and memorable "Riot Girl," but most of the second half of the CD features more mellow, relaxed arrangements, shown best in songs like "Say Anything" and "Emotionless."
One of the crown jewels of the album though is its closer "Movin' On," a very true and real number where the band demonstrate their belief in something beyond this current life with the line "Not everybody knows that everybody goes to a better place." In fact, all four band members, in the thank-you lists to this CD, acknowledge their faith in God and credit Him as the force that got them where they are and brought them their much deserved success. I know that bands like MxPx had previously set the bar for this but being a Christian myself, it's great to see any band in a traditionally secular and in some cases even openly anti-religious scene breaking through the mold and boldly proclaiming their faith and love for God instead of love for themselves and their own talents and egos.
Yet another credible move on the band's part that really stood out to me, is that even though they are a principally mainstream group on a major label and even appeared countless times on MTV and major radio stations at the time of "The Young and the Hopeless," is that they have the class to acknowledge the debt owed to earlier, more underground punk acts of the past by their mention of Social Distortion and even D.C. hardcore pioneers Minor Threat in the aforementioned "Riot Girl." Heck, Benj appears in all photos in the CD's layout as a total crusty punk rocker, complete with spiked hair and dons patches of old British punk acts like Subhumans and 999. Bassist Paul Thomas even sports a Dead Kennedys shirt in one scene on the bonus, roughly 20-minute DVD documentary of the band's 2003 world tour that is included with the DualDisc version of this album. If you are a Good Charlotte fan, you need this version, as it shows lots of footage of the band in various spots all over the world getting ready for shows, signing autographs, and just in general having fun on the road in between dates.
But even if you can't find or afford the DualDisc, one thing that's for sure is that you NEED this album in any of its versions if you are at all into pop-punk. It's a personal favorite and is one album that certainly warranted the massive success and sales it rightly received.
This CD is one for any occasion, just have it playing in the background as mood music! Examples:
Life Styles, Of The Rich and The Famous: Great for breaking the ice when meeting your new neighbors who just moved from Beverly Hills!
Bloody Valentine: PERFECT for scaring off anyone who may be getting too close to your guy/gal
Hold On: This is a great jam for when you're feeling down in the dumps and that kitchen knife is all too appealing.
But seriously, Good Charlotte, is a great band and this CD NEVER disappoints!
I have just recently began delving into the "new" music which I gave up on long ago as self-serving whiners from the suburbs acting like life sucked and we should all die because it was so pointless. It was very depressing and monotonous and caused my attitude about anything "new" to plummet.
Then I recently got turned on to the "new" punk. I love it! It has given music a new life, I think. And bands like Good Charlotte are the reason why. You can't call them "punk" because they do other styles of music too. It's not just two minutes of raw pounding that the Ramones made famous, so in that sense maybe they are posers! If so, give me poser bands any day!!!!
I just recently purchased this CD and was totally blown away by it's diversity and sincerity, and I don't blow away easily. There isn't a weak song in the bunch. It's a CD you just put in and walk away. From the driving punk slash of "Riot Girl" to the pathos-packed heartbreak of "Emotionless" and everything in-between, you will be hard-pressed to find a better CD on the market today.
I eagerly await the arrival of their first CD which I have ordered from here but haven't received yet.
POSE ON BOYS!!!!! I'll be there to cheer you on!!!!!
Really good collection. I actually looked for it in stores for a long time before I just got it from the Inet
if you have one G'Charlotte it is this one !