Redd Kross

Neurotica - 2022 Reissue

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Record Label
Merge Records

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. Neurotica could be viewed as a This Is Your Life-esque document of what brothers Jeff & Steve McDonald had been working toward creatively since starting Redd Kross in their Hawthorne, CA living room circa 1978. The songs quake with punk rock fury. And how could they possibly have shaken off the untamed energy of their early Red Cross years which laid a foundation for Southern California hardcore punk & DIY culture alongside bands like Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Descendants? But fury is only part of their formula. To find the other parts, travel back to the ‘70s, when the McDonald boys lived for nothing but Saturday morning cartoons, sugary cereal, bubblegum pop singles, Beach Boys LPs, Partridge Family TV specials and the arena rock guitars of KISS & Cheap Trick.

Whereas most self-respecting punk rockers would have sneered at ‘60s/‘70s radio and pop culture schmaltz (even if they secretly liked it), that was all a tremendous part of the Redd Kross DNA. And the McDonalds wore those influences on their dayglo sleeves. They decontextualized the macho, sometimes saccharine, sound of classic rock, celebrating its bombast without falling into its pretentious pitfalls. They played what sounded good to them. If along the way they could convince you that those David Cassidy AM radio singles were actually great & subversive in their own way, that was just an added bonus. Their technicolor punk rock was first explored on Teen Babes From Monsanto in 1984. But Neurotica is where the Redd Kross sound gelled into something miraculous.

TRACK LISTING

SIDE A

1. Neurotica
2. Play My Song
3. Frosted Flake
4. Janus, Jeanie, And George Harrison
5. Love Is You
6. Pink Piece Of Peace
7. It’s The Little Things.

SIDE B

8. Peach Kelli Pop
9. McKenzie
10. Tatum O’Tot And The Fried Vegetables
11. Ballad Of A Love Doll
12. What They Say
13. Ghandi Is Dead (I’m The Cartoon Man)
14. Beautiful Bye-Byes. Bonus Demos:

SIDE C

1. Neurotica (demo)
2. Play My Song (demo)
3. Pink Piece Of Peace (demo)
4. All Of The Things (demo)
5. Janus, Jeanie, And George Harrison (demo)
6. McKenzie (demo)

SIDE D

7. What They Say (demo)
8. Peach Kelli Pop (demo)
9. Tatum O’Tot And The Fried Vegetables (demo)
10. Love Is You (demo)
11. Ghandi Is Dead (I’m The Cartoon Man) (demo)
12. Beautiful Bye-Byes (demo)

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