Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: Dec 2008
Re: Listen to Songs, and Rate Them x/10
Pop Punk has progressed more linearly than almost any other subgenre of music. You can start with Buzzcocks and follow the line of progression through roughly 2002, with each touchstone band of the new era co-opting the inherited wisdom of their forebears and slowly stripping the punk elements away and emphasizing the hooks.
Sum 41 was the last major pop punk band that was punk at all. Everything that came after was just bubblegum pop with punk rock accessories.
Chuck was the album when Sum 41 became self-conscious and started kicking against the pricks of their own success. In a effort to embolden their sound and appear more badass, they ended up sounding like Taproot with slightly better material.
Whibley marrying Avril Lavigne was the moment the band self-actualized and rendered its own existence unnecessary.