Screeching Weasel (Kruger)

Screeching Weasel

Teen Punks In Heat

Panic Button/Lookout!

Twenty tracks from Ben Weasel and the crew that started the post-Ramonesia subgenre of punk rock. Sounds like what we’ve come to expect from Screeching Weasel or the Riverdales, since all the songs save one are Ben Weasel compositions. Generally good stuff, with the exception of the duh-inducing “I Like to Fuck,” which tends to make me take the political rant in “Six Per Cent” just a wee bit less seriously than I might otherwise. But there are lots of gems here, like “Cat-Like,” and even an instrumental, “The First Day of Autumn,” which sounds like it could have come off the last Fastbacks album. Which is a very good thing.

Panic Button, P.O. Box 148010, Chicago, IL 60614-8010; http://www.panicbuttonrecords.com

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