“P.J. Soles” – Local H

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P.J. Soles is an actress who had many prominent roles in classic films of the late 1970s / early 1980s such as “Carrie,” “Halloween,” “Stripes,” “Private Benjamin,” and her greatest role … Riff Randell in “Rock n’ Roll High School.” Her career kind of faded in the mid-1980s, though she does pop up in things every now and then. From the extremely cool and heavy 2004 album “Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?”

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“California Songs” – Local H

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From the 2004 album “Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?”, here’s the anti-LA song “California Songs”. Local H is from Illinois, but I swear based on the sentiment, they’ve lived in Washington or Oregon. Key lyrics: “Yeah, we know you love L.A … There’s nothing left to say … Please no more California Songs … And F–K New York, too!”  Sorry to all my friends in the Empire and Golden states, but this is damn funny.

“Hey Rita” – Local H

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Now THIS is a power ballad, folks! If the drum and bass sound don’t blow your speakers, the ear-shredding Pixies-like guitar freakout during the latter part of the song certainly will. Yet … it’s still a ballad. Scott Lucas has one of the best gravelly “I’ve seen hell” rock voices, ranking up there with Paul Westerberg and Kurt Cobain. From the immensely awesome 2004 album “Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?” The accompanying video is practically a black screen, but this song doesn’t need any visuals.