The American punk pop pioneers from hardcore’s glory years returned in 2012 with a lo-fi, but hooky and criminally catchy fist pumper. It’s nice to see a band whose band members are in their late 40s/early 50s still rocking harder than younger angst-filled cretins. From the album “Researching the Blues.”
Because Redd Kross always seemed to be riding a kitschy 1970s schtick from early on and played that up in their videos, I think they were always unfairly dismissed. Their 1990 Atlantic-label album “Third Eye” is a pop masterpiece and would easily be on my Top 100 desert island albums list. “Annie’s Gone” should have been a monster hit, and while it got some play on college radio, it didn’t go much further from that. A severely underrated band and album.