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Album Review

Top Contenders: The Best of Strung Out is a two-disc compilation that collects from the Simi Valley punks’ 15 years of albums, going all the way back to 1994’s Another Day in Paradise and spanning up to 2009’s Agents of the Underground. A couple songs are taken from each of Strung Out's seven albums, as well as their Element of Sonic Defiance EP. Also, there are three newly recorded tracks (“City Lights,” “Saturday Night," and “Here We Are”) that don't feel out of place among the band's biggest hits. Of the several Strung Out comps, this is the best by far. The Skinny Years: Before We Got Fat pooled from the early years, before their golden years at Fat Wreck Chords, and Prototypes and Painkillers focused on outtakes and demos. Top Contenders sums up the entire catalog rather well and stands as the definitive Strung Out retrospective.

Customer Reviews


I have all their albums and I'm still getting this album, why? Just because they're STRUNG OUT, legends.

Hell yeah.

Worth it just for the unreleased tracks. The re-mastered stuff sounds great too. Why aren't there more bands like Strung Out??


Ive been waiting for this album all year, and its finally here! i have most of these songs already, but its pretty cool Strung Out remastered them.


Formed: 1989 in Simi Valley, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Mixing up punk speed, metal guitar power, and a dash of electronics for seasoning, Southern California rockers Strung Out were formed in 1989, with a lineup featuring vocalist Jason Cruz, guitarists Jake Kiley and Rob Ramos, bassist Jim Cherry, and drummer Adam Austin. By the time the band released their first 7", Austin had been replaced by Jordan Burns, formerly of Ten Foot Pole. The quintet signed with NOFX bassist Fat Mike's Fat Wreck Chords label in 1993 and issued a debut album, Another Day...
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