Fat Wreck Chords released another compilation in their long tradition of releasing them. Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged is a play on the Circle Jerks album Wild In The Streets, right down to the album cover. As the title suggests, the compilation is full of acoustic renditions of Fat Wreck Chords artists songs. But despite the title, not all the artists nor songs featured on the comp are nor were ever Fat Wreck Chords artists. Matt Skiba/Alkaline Trio stick out the most.
As with most Fat Wreck releases there is a limited colored variant and a standard black variant. The color vinyl for this comp is red with white splatter, limited to 522 copies. Surprisingly is has not sold out yet (as of writing this way back on July 29, 2016 – not posting this), which is odd for a Fat Wreck release as the label has a very rabid and dedicated fan base/collectors who snatch up everything. Also in line with Fat Wreck tradition, this comp is very affordable. Retail on the black variant is around $13. But Fat Wreck does do one thing I despise; charging for more the limited variant or colored vinyl. The colored vinyl cost $15 while the black variant cost only $12 from Fat Wreck.
I bought this comp for the Matt Skiba song and the Against Me! songs. Matt Skiba covers “Continental,” an Alkaline Trio song off Good Mourning. Against Me! covers “Joy,” off Searching For A Former Clarity. As a whole this comp features a lackluster lineup, which may be the reason the colored variant hasn’t sold out yet (as of writing this way back on July 29, 2016 – not posting this).
An insert is included along with a download card. The insert is pretty pointless though, as one side is simply the album artwork with the reverse side having the credits. The download card (CD version too) features an exclusive bonus track that is not on the vinyl release of the comp due to length issues. This bonus track clocks in over 19 minutes long and is a NOFX song of sorts, “The Decline” but it’s a full symphonic performance done by Baz And His Orchestra. The official title of the song is “NOFX’s The Decline (A Punk Rock Symphony).”