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2004’s Cool to Be You was the sixth Descendents album in 22 years, thereby proving that while their productivity was intermittent, their relevance to the punk community was undiminished. Singer Milo Aukerman—the bespectacled biochemistry student who became the band’s early figurehead and the inspiration for its famous line-drawn mascot—was past 40 at the time of this recording, but he could relate to the complaints of “Mass Nerder”: “Don't got no biceps/Don't got no pecs/But I'll read you under the table/With my thick specs.” At a time when their artistic progeny Blink-182 had eclipsed them in terms of popular success, Descendents still embodied an authenticity unmatched by younger pop-punk outfits. Among other things, they achieved the near-impossible feat of being at once young (at heart) and old (of mind). Cool to Be You is lined with songs about American history and the trials of marriage, but as soon as you assume that Descendents have outgrown their young audience, they deliver “Blast Off”—a giddy ode to flatulence—as if to prove they’ll never be too old to converse with the juveniles.

Customer Reviews

Sadly, this is the worst of the Descendents records.

8 songs are pretty good, the others are downright terrible. Sure, there are high points, and it's worth owning, but it's not really a must have.

Way Good

This definitely isn't Milo Goes to College, but as far as poppy punk goes, these guys are still miles ahead of all imitators, and this album proves just that. I wanted to off-set the one negative review here, because this is a very solid CD, and definitely the most "mature" of the Descendents' releases, which, in this case, is not a bad thing. The playing is great--much more technical skill than most punk bands, and the lyrics are relatable without being cliche. I like it better than their late-80's stuff (All, Enjoy!)

It's OK

It is. Worth owning and still has the Descendents sound, but feels like a copy of Milo Goes to College.


Formed: 1979 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Fueled by "rejection, food, coffee, girls, fishing and food," the Descendents sprang up during the halcyon days of the Los Angeles punk scene; fusing the blind rage of hardcore with an unexpectedly wry, self-deprecating wit and a strong melodic sensibility that set them distinctly apart from their West Coast brethren, they gradually emerged as one of the most enduring and adored bands of their time. Formed in 1979, the Descendents' first lineup consisted of vocalist/guitarist Frank Navetta, vocalist/bassist...
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