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I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker Single, Import

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The Debut Single from the Girl that Decided to Forego the "Idol" Process and Become Famous in a Classic 21st Century Diy Kind of Way: She Webcasted from her Basement in South London to Thousands of People around the Globe, Expanding her Audience with Every Performance! She was Quickly Signed by Craig Logan to RCA Records, the First High Profile Signing from the Internet to a Major Label. Following the Success of Artists Like Kt Tunstall, Thom's Unique Mix of Powerful, Rootsy, Soulful Vocals and Minimal Instrumentation of Only Percussion and Drums is Raw and Refreshing.

1. I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (Radio Mix)
2. I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (Album Mix)
3. I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (Mutiny's Rockers & Lovers Mix)
4. May You Never
5. I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (Video)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Import
  • Label: Bmg/RCA
  • ASIN: B000FDFKDY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As the black hole of an impending thirty-eighth birthday exerts an ever-increasing doom upon me, I find myself being a bit indifferent towards most new musicians. Then, on National Public Radio of all places, a tiny tune arose, planting a seed on the barren wastelands of my soul. What is this? my cantankerous little voice grumped. Then moments passed, and I found myself bewitched. Who was that singing backup? My god. It was me. I was actually singing along with Sandi Thom's "I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker."

I guess I just happened to like the song's simple, nostalgic lyrics and instantly captivating tune. The complete lack of instruments was also intriguing. Momentarily, I had forgotten I was supposed to be the cynic. Oops.

Would I recommend that you run out and buy the song immediately? No. Music tastes are fickle. I would however recommend that you run out , run back in, and then begin scanning the airwaves for a listen. Then you can agree or disagree with my 5 star review.

As for the cynic composer's review below, I would surmise that he may well be composed of crabapples and vinegar. How would I know? I see the same composition in my mirror every morning. The difference is, that after this morning, I heard a song cool enough to turn vinegar into wine.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Cook on September 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Yes, maybe it's true that punks wouldn't be caught dead with flowers in their hair (What? NO DEAD FLOWERS??) , but, y'know what? Who cares! Dude, get a life! I'm sure the title's meant to be ironic. Go look up the word in the dictionary then you might have a clue. If this is your way of thinking, then it's obvious that Green Day and Offspring are what's considered punk. Jello Biafra, Willie Nelson and Noam Chomsky (all divergent people, but that's my point) could show you a thing or two hundred about the true meaning of Punk (Think of them as the Ghosts Of Punk Past or something...) .

As Jello sung back in the day: "Punk's not dead it just deserves to die when it becomes another stale cartoon..."

As far as Sandi Thom goes, man, the fact that she webcast her "3 wk long world tour" says it all. She did it her way. Not by going on Idol or resorting to the music world version of the casting couch. No. By playing her heart out. More power to her!

Just buy the CD to support such an admirable ethic that seems to be sorely lacking in today's musical climate.
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great fun...who cares if the lyrics are not correct, she has a good time...I have a good time. She is not writing CSN&Y music.
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4 of 21 people found the following review helpful By TJ LA on July 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
someone needs to explain to this ignoramus that punk rockers didn't wear flowers in their hair, in fact they hated and were an extreme reaction to the whole hippie aesthetic. this song is all about how great things were in the old days, well in the old days people used to have a clue what they were writing songs about before they schmoozed themselves into a record deal, sounds like another ashley simpson here, the mystery is why it's getting played on respectable radio.

on top of that, this is an annoying watered down commercialized version of M.I.A.s sound, now that is someone who truly brings tough political punk attitude to groundbreaking music. Just because this chick got famous showing her nubile young self on the internet does not make this kool or cutting edge, it's just the same old image and packaging over substance in a new medium. I mean look at the CD cover! And then compare it to MIA's who also does the artwork herself.

FYI I'm not a punk purist, I like all kinds of music, I just know hyped nonsense when I see/hear it, even when it's on the net (how gullible are you people - bet you thought Lonely Girl was real too).
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