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Editors’ Notes

Jeff and Steve McDonald were 16 and 12, respectively, when Annette’s Got the Hits hit the streets in 1981. Back then, the band was still called Red Cross, and the McDonald brothers were known as precocious beach brats who hung around and learned at the feet of their neighborhood's punk bands, specifically Black Flag and The Circle Jerks (members of whom were included in early incarnations of Red Cross). Where the older beach-punk bands were all about rage and agitation, Red Cross offered something brattier, poppier, and more satirical. With its snotty yet affectionate look at the culture of Frankie and Annette’s “muscle beach” movies, Annette’s Got the Hits looked back to the angst of The Seeds. At the same time, it created a template for future generations of noisy beach-born rascals. The entire release ran just over six minutes, but Annette’s Got the Hits proved to be one of the simplest, most entertaining, and most forward-thinking releases of the L.A. punk epoch.


Formed: 1980 in Hawthorne, CA

Genre: Rock

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

Inspired as much by breakfast cereal and kiddie TV as by rock music, punk-pop cult band Redd Kross were the brainchild of Steve and Jeff McDonald, brothers from the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne (also home of the Beach Boys) who began playing music together before either had hit puberty. Fueled by a series of dubious visits to famed area rock clubs like the Roxy and the Whisky a Go Go, they formed their first band, the Tourists, in 1978; Jeff, then 15, handled vocal duties while Steve, 11, took...
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