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Redd Kross’s 1982 full-length built on the sugar-spiked pleasures of Annette’s Got the Hits, its debut EP from the previous year. Jeff and Steve McDonald were the youngest members of L.A.’s South Bay punk scene, but they were also the smartest. At the precise moment when punk became codified and started to feel like a competition to see who could be the most serious about their music, Redd Kross was all about teenage kicks. The band was noisy, goofy, and hilarious, but the music on Born Innocent was delivered with a maximum of bite and acumen. The songs' simplicity and sassiness recalled the great '60s garage acts. And though the McDonalds were friends with many of the L.A. punk bands of the '80s, they had more in common artistically with the rackety, imaginative, and often highly literate bands emerging from the U.K. and Australasia during the same period: The Fall, The Clean, Swell Maps, and The Undertones, among others.

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Classic early '80s punk from some kids from CA

Fun, seemingly disposable songs that celebrate/trash the popular culture of 1982.


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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