The Christian pop punk band MxPx formed in 1992 and released their debut "Pokinatcha" in 1994, the following year in 95 the band put out the "On the cover EP" where they performed songs by Bryan Adams, A-ha, Buddy Holly and Joy Electric etc. MxPx has released 8 studio albums so far and their latest studio album "Secret weapon" came out in 2007, on March 24 this year, this trio will release "On the cover II" and like the first album, it´s an album of covers of various 80´s songs.
While the first one was an EP, the new cover album contains 12 tracks but only with a running time of 35 minutes which is rather welcome because almost every new cd today is over 60 minutes long. I find their upbeat punk rock versions of most songs quite entertaining and refreshing, some works better than others like for example Belinda Carlisle´s hit "Heaven is a place on earth" and Kim Wilde´s "Kids in America". I love their medley of The Proclaimers "I´m gonna be 500 miles" and Cheap Trick´s "Surrender", the opening track "Punk rock girl" doesn´t sound that far from the original by Dead Milkmen but it´s a good album starter.
Punk meets hairmetal in Poison´s "Fallen angel" and I put on a big smile when they go arena rock with Queen´s "Somebody to love", awesome! Haven´t we heard enough of The Clash´s "Should I stay or should I go"?, and when they do their version of U2´s "I will follow" I want to skip to the next track pretty fast but the down´s on this album are in minority. Several pop punk bands has released cover albums like Bowling For Soup, New Found Glory and the popular Punk goes.... collections. MxPx´s "On the cover II" sure isn´t the worst of them, I enjoyed it.