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Following 1982's classic Milo Goes to College, the original Descendents lineup dissolved, never to reunite—or so it appeared. After Milo Aukerman graduated from college and drummer Bill Stevenson quit his gig as Black Flag's drummer, Descendents reconvened for 1985’s I Don’t Want to Grow Up. Even though the band members were in their mid-20s, their second album confirmed their timeless ability to tap into the adolescent psyche. While the first side features hilarious novelty songs like “Pervert” (about teenage libidos), “GCF” (or “Good Clean Fun,” an anti-drug rant), and “No F.B.” (or “No Fat Beaver,” as goofy as it sounds), the second side has a sequence of songs that personify post-adolescent love in all its poignantly awkward sincerity. “Silly Girl,” “In Love This Way," and “Good Good Things” are such sweet, tuneful songs that they could almost be a SoCal punk update of the Merseybeat melodies of Gerry & The Pacemakers. When Aukerman decided to put aside the barking delivery of his hardcore days, the old punks became the caffeinated power-poppers they'd always wanted to be.

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Life changing...

The 2nd record by the band that helped shape my life. The soundtrack to my teenage years. Side b is absolutely flawless in every way. The Descendents have some how managed to put into words and music any possible feeling a guy could have about a girl, be it good, bad or anywhere in between. Masters of their craft, this is one of their shining moments. A boatload of current "punk" bands banking off their music owe this band an awful lot for paving the way.

Best band of all time!!!

No one should go thru life without getting this or any Descendents album. Word Up!!

I love Silly Girl for one reason

It made MArk hoppus look into punk music making one of the best bands ever Blink-182


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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