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"Life, Hey Mikey" b/w "Surrender" and "The Warrior" (Shredder)

"Life, Hey Mikey" is an outstanding pop/punk original, a melodic gem among countless punk rock Cubic Zirconias. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL FOLKS! Up until now, I thought I was the only kid of my generation who thought Cheap Trick's "Surrender" was one of the coolest songs ever written. The McRackins' cover of the 1978 hit is a rare treat, although the cover of obscure 80's band Scandal's only hit, "The Warrior" is questionable. Either way, this 7" is a whole lotta fun. Hey, the McRackins are all right, they just seem a little weird. (TOM)

"In On The Yolk" CD (Shredder)

Oh sure, maybe "Teenage Valentino" sounds way too close to Loverboy for comfort, but damn if this stupid, snotty punk ain't just the thing to make a horrible day seem just a wee bit better. See, when the McRackins speed up the tempo and play those lovely melodies, this punk sounds like pop-punk stalwarts (no names necessary) 33 r.p.m. singles played at 45. Way quick, way cool, way fun.

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