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While Southern California punks the Descendents were maturing, they didn’t want to be seen as such and went about designing album art that played to the least mature of their instincts. However, packaged inside the album was some of the band’s finest power-pop (only “Orgofart” is truly useless). “Kids” may be 45 seconds of manic silliness and the heavy-metal spoof of “Hürtin’ Crüe” shows off only their chops, but the note-perfect rendition of the Beach Boys’ “Wendy” signaled the best the group could offer. Throw in the bitter disappointment of new-wave snottiness behind “Sour Grapes” and “80’s Girl,” the sincere lonely heartache of “Get the Time” and the gorgeous optimism of “Cheer” and you have the schematic for power-pop-punk for the ensuing decade. Bands from Nirvana to Green Day studied these guys very carefully and took what they needed to get the job done. But the original Descendents studio albums from the ‘80s remain the definitive, essential textbooks.

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the album that forever set me on my course..., sometime around '88 i found this on tape cassette on a street corner in my neighborhood, took it home listened to it from the beginning and it blew me away. to a 13 year old reject such as myself at the time a song about farting was a sign from god. next was Wendy by the Beach Boys (for whom i love) which i was already familiar with thanks to my dad (i think it was my first notion of "the cover song"), by the end of the tape i was hooked. it eclipsed everything i had ever heard up until that point. seeking out more Descendents albums eventually led me to discover the SST Records catalog (Black Flag, ***Minutemen***, Saccharine Trust, Meat Puppets, Dinosaur Jr., etc.) and i never listened to commercial radio again, MTV was declared the enemy. there was no internet back then so there was an air of mystery surrounding this music which made it that much more exciting to me but above all else i related to this music like none other. combine that with the fact that no one pointed me in that direction, it was by chance (or fate) that i found that tape, free from influence, at such a ripe age, i made up my own mind and i deemed this music special. now that i'm older i realize finding that tape was one of the most important moments of my life, it defined who i am.

Wonderfully flawed

The fart jokes aside, this album has some of the strongest tracks the Descendents ever recorded. Buy it for Sour Grapes, Wendy, 80's Girl, and Green - those tracks are classics, and only one of them ended up on the Somery collection. Production was top notch on this release and the backing vocals are superb. It is my second favorite Descendents record after Milo Goes To College, which is one of the best punk albums ever.

For All of Those Who Have Ever Loved and Lost

I swear to God, this album nursed me through many a broken heart. A lot of the Descendents material does that, but this and their album "ALL" are particularly insightful and powerful in that capacity. Best examples here are "Wendy", "Sour Grapes", "Get the Time", and "Cheer". I've said to my fiancée several times that Descendents are a dude-band, not that ladies don't dig them, too... but the perspective of the songs is from a lovelorn man. As always their musicianship is tight and the "toilet humor" that some criticize is hardly bothersome.


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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