14 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Hawthorne, Calif.–based Redd Kross, headed by brothers Steve and Jeff McDonald, masterfully jammed a wacky array of cultural obsessions into an ahead-of-its-time confection of joyful pop-glam, ironic sing-song, and backward-gazing hullaballoo. Booming counter-harmonies and bubblegum power chords uphold nods to mutant Afros, sugar cereal brains, and SoCal showbiz kids (Mackenzie Phillips, Tatum O’Neal). And from the hair-flying title song to the beach-punk “Janus, Jeanie, and George Harrison” (picture a mix of The Simpletones and Cheap Trick) to the anti-entropy thrasher “Not a Lot to Say” (“A nose is for snot/And baby it’s not/For a straw or dollar bill”) to the Hollywood trash blast of “Peach Kelli Pop,” there’s not a bum verse or chorus here. The songs are so inescapable that it’s no wonder many ’90s rock stars have gone on record over the years saying this album changed their lives. There wasn’t an album of the era that better celebrated its time and place.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Hawthorne, Calif.–based Redd Kross, headed by brothers Steve and Jeff McDonald, masterfully jammed a wacky array of cultural obsessions into an ahead-of-its-time confection of joyful pop-glam, ironic sing-song, and backward-gazing hullaballoo. Booming counter-harmonies and bubblegum power chords uphold nods to mutant Afros, sugar cereal brains, and SoCal showbiz kids (Mackenzie Phillips, Tatum O’Neal). And from the hair-flying title song to the beach-punk “Janus, Jeanie, and George Harrison” (picture a mix of The Simpletones and Cheap Trick) to the anti-entropy thrasher “Not a Lot to Say” (“A nose is for snot/And baby it’s not/For a straw or dollar bill”) to the Hollywood trash blast of “Peach Kelli Pop,” there’s not a bum verse or chorus here. The songs are so inescapable that it’s no wonder many ’90s rock stars have gone on record over the years saying this album changed their lives. There wasn’t an album of the era that better celebrated its time and place.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

r1k.gaijin ,

more redd kross!

let's see more redd kross on itms! cmon jeff, steve bring us more here!

redd kross was/is like the best underrated LA band ever! download this album, then go find the dvds for desperate teenage lovedolls, lovedoll superstar, and spirit of 76 on amazon. collect em all!

AZuneIsABrownThing ,

Classic

This album is not "Grunge" or even proto-grunge by any stretch.
It's just a great rock record from awesome musicians with an amazing sense of humor.
Just try to listen to the album without preconceived notions about it being some sort of stepping stone from Beatles to Kiss to Nirvana.

baker bakes ,

cool rock!!

awesome!!!!!!!!

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