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Rubber City Rebels

  • Rubber City Rebels [Capitol, 1980] B
  • Pierce My Brain [Smog Veil, 2003] Choice Cuts

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Rubber City Rebels [Capitol, 1980]
When it comes to El Lay punk, you take the sun-addled Germs and Circle Jerks and Dickies and leave me these stagestruck outlanders, Doug Fieger production and all. At least they understand what being phony means. "Young and Dumb" doesn't replace From Akron's definitive "Brain Job" because it's not about the Rebs. But anybody who can link the hallowed anomie of (the Pistols') "No Feelings" to the cartoon cannibalism of (the Rebs') "Child Eaters" deserves to tour with the Psychedelic Furs. B

Pierce My Brain [Smog Veil, 2003]
"Your Warlord Is a Pussy," "I Don't Wanna Be a Punk No More" Choice Cuts

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