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SWINGIN' NECKBREAKERS (Buy CDs by this artist)
Live for Buzz (Telstar) 1993
Shake Break! (Telstar) 1995
Kick Your Ass (Telstar) 1997
The Return of Rock (Telstar) 2000

This no-nonsense trio from Trenton, New Jersey embodies the best qualities of the contemporary garage-band genre, combining hook-filled songs (their own, as well as well-chosen covers) with a pummeling instrumental attack and an all-too-rare — in this context, anyway — ability to swing. Produced by ex-Das Damen drummer and future Matador music publishing exec Lyle Hysen, Live for Buzz is a blast from start to finish, boasting consistently catchy tunes, punchy playing and an engagingly cocky attitude manifested in bassist Tom Jorgenson's vocal sneer and smart-assed lyrics. If Shake Break! isn't quite as consistent, it's darn close.

[Scott Schinder]