Redd Kross’ Five Favorite Albums of the Last 15 Years

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It’s been 15 years since Redd Kross, the legendary California punk band formed by brothers Steven and Jeff McDonald, released their last album. But the group is resurfacing next week with Researching the Blues, a 10-song firebomb of a record that proves you don’t need to be a teenager to churn out sneering, pop-soaked rock songs. And although Redd Kross played their first show as the opening act for Black Flag, but these days the band’s taste in music strays a bit from the confines of California punk. Here, Jeff McDonald shares with us his favorite albums released between when his band dropped Show World in 1997 and today.

1. Reigning Sound, Too Much Guitar

Rarely when you hear a very raw garage record, it will have a sound and vibe you can get behind. And rarely do you have songs of such high quality; Greg Cartwright is a genius songwriter. The opening track is “We Repel Each Other,” which is something anyone who’s ever been in a relationship can relate to. Probably up there with <Teenage Head> by the Flamin’ Groovies as one of the best garage punk albums ever recorded.

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