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REDD KROSS / SIDE EYES

SONGS THAT CHARGO TAUGHT US

IN THE RED


Format: 7"
Cata No: ITR293
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“Two generations of defiantly insolent rock & rollers collide together
with smashing results on a slyly titled split 7-inch, Songs That Chargo
Taught Us, an homage to Charlotte Caffey (The Eyes, The Go Go’s).
“In this corner, the rising young Southern California contenders,
The Side Eyes, belt out their amped-up version of “Don’t Talk to
Me,” a sordid classic by Caffey’s prescient late’70s punk trio with
D.J. Bonebrake (X, the Knitters) and Joe Ramirez (Black Randy & the
Metro Squad) the Eyes.
“In the other corner, longtime champions of power-pop supremacy
and glam-punk anarchy, Redd Kross unexpectedly transmogrify of
“Screaming,” an early obscurity by the Go-Go’s.
“As Iggy Pop would say, Side Eyes lead singer Astrid McDonald
has a right to sing a proto-riot-grrl anthem like “Don’t Talk to Me,”
with its lurid lyrics that sound like a pulp-novel heroine’s sullen reply
to an unseen kidnapper. The daughter of Charlotte Caffey and Redd
Kross’ Jeff McDonald, the 21-year-old front woman already has a
preternatural presence as she stalks back and forth onstage and belts
out her vocals with charismatic assurance and melodic ferocity. Astrid’s
head-banging bandmates — rampaging guitarist Kevin Devine
and ominously rumbling bassist Chris Devine — give “Don’t Talk to
Me” a bit of a thundering hard-rock makeover, thrashing out the riffs
in convulsive waves of volume and power, even as drummer Nick
Arnold maintains the original’s throttling punk pace.
“Redd Kross emphasizes how fiercely bratty and fast ‘n’ furious the
early Go-Go’s were with a savage new update of “Screaming,” which
was co-written by Caffey with fellow Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin.
Guitarists Jeff McDonald and Jason Shapiro (Celebrity Skin) juice
up the song’s wicked sidewinding riff with metallic crunch, and yet
Jeff and his brother-bassist, Steve McDonald, also bring out the hook
that was buried in the Go-Go’s 1979 live version (as documented on
the 1994 compilation Return to the Valley of the Go-Go’s) by emphasizing
the melody with close sibling harmonies. If anything, Redd
Kross’s version is even more poppy than the Go-Go’s’ original.”
—Falling James

Tracks:

1. Redd Kross ? Screaming
2. The Side Eyes ? Don?t Talk To Me

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