On Good Charlotte's 'Revival'

It's hard out here for a pop-punk.

No, you weren't imagining things. That really was Good Charlotte performing on MTV's New Year's Eve Tila Tequila-fest. You might say that they're, like, soooo 2002 - but MTV had 'em slotted after the stroke of midnight, meaning the boys from Waldorf, Md. (and Annapolis, etc.) got some national run to start 2008. (The video evidence is here.)

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Nah. Let's recall, briefly, that my Sunday magazine story on Good Charlotte was the most popular print-edition punching bag that I produced in 2007. (Endless hours of chat abuse!)

Also: The band's 2007 album, "Good Morning Revival," was a commercial flop stateside - and a critical one, too, with Metacritic figuring that the album was worth about 45 out of 100 points, according to various reviews.

Entertainment Weekly awarded (?) the album a B-minus upon release, then reconsidered. And how! In its year-end issue, the magazine declared "Good Morning Revival" to be the forth-worst album of 2007.

Sayeth the EW scribes: Their pop-punk sound may now be punkless, but that won't stop GC from amusingly copping a 'tude. The year's funniest song: "All Black," in which Joel Madden discusses his predilection for dressing up "like Johnny Cash." Somewhere, J.C. is not only rolling over in his grave but also having his funeral suit retroactively changed to a nice mauve.

Happy new year, boys!

By J. Freedom du Lac |  January 3, 2008; 8:30 AM ET Year-End Lists
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Way to stick to your guns EW. Then again, this is EW we're talking about. I'm not going to hate on them for makign a midlign album. I might hate on them for turning their backs on the fans that made them big in the first palce, but I'm not going to hate on them for the sake of hating on them. Too much other stuff to do with my life.

They got their money anyway, so I guess they get the last laugh.

Posted by: EricS | January 3, 2008 10:48 AM

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