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Redd Kross’s 1990 LP Third Eye is at once the band’s most explicit celebration of '70s kitsch culture and its most calculated bid for mainstream success. Where its previous album—1987’s Neurotica—had been a wild and woolly ride, Third Eye is polished and genial. It might lead listeners to believe that the clean and likeable pop album is an effort at replicating the success of '70s bubblegum champions like The Bay City Rollers and The Cowsills (whose youngest member, Susan Cowsill, sings backup on “Bubblegum Factory” and “Love Is Not Love”). Between their lovable tributes to Planet of the Apes (the romantic “Zira”) and the 1980 Jodie Foster/Cherie Curie flick Foxes (“Annie’s Gone”), no song epitomizes the group’s nostalgic celebration better than “1976.” Its chorus functions as the group’s mission statement: “Feels so good to see you here/Nothing ever seems to happen in this place now/Tomorrow's bright or so they say/Forget the days of future past because now it's 1976.” Before '70s nostalgia became a cliché in and of itself, Third Eye showed how much fun it could be to rummage through the closets of decades past.

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Don't mind the review posted by iTunes ...

The review posted by iTunes here is taken from AllMusic; and is sort of backhanded taken out of context. AllMusic rates this album 4 1/2 out of 5 stars and it's an AMG Album pick - which seems contrary to the last sentence written in the review. This album was Redd Kross' first major release, and "Annie's Gone" hit Billboard's Modern Rock charts at # 16. For sure it was a departure from their earlier punk roots sonically; it still has a punk rock spirit under the refined production and contains many hidden messages in the lyrics as well as chock full of pop culture references: Zira (Planet of the Apes), Annie's Gone (Cherrie Currie's character in the movie Foxes), 1976 (from Roman Coppolla's movie "Spirit of '76".), a nod to Japan's Shonen Knife to name a few. Where "Born Innocent" sounded more like the New York Dolls, and "Neurotica" predated "grungey psychedelic pop", "Third Eye" was the next step in the band's experimentation and growth, setting them yet again ahead of the trend curve when it was released.


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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