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Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards

  • Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards [Hellcat, 2001] A-

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Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards [Hellcat, 2001]
No ska, no progress, no wages of success. Just a bunch of Clash homages about the Rancid sidekick's misspent youth in Campbell, California, produced by Rancid frontman and fellow Campbellite Tim Armstrong. Starts off oi, speeds up, and never lacks tune except on the Holland-Dozier-Holland cover. Highlight: the Billy Bragg cover. Climax: "Vietnam." Message: You can go home again. A-