There is an argument to be made for Teengenerate as the best punk band of the late '90s. Of course some would elect New Bomb Turks or a California hardcore group, but Teengenerate was arguably more shunted and kersplatz than a gutter full of American punks. Like their Japanese counterparts, Guitar Wolf, they were brutal and pissed, that is of the essence. Savage, released on Sympathy for the Record Industry, was their American label follow-up to 1994's Let's Go to the Top. There's another debate to be had here, as to which is the best Teengenerate album, though really they're both of equal worth -- which is to say they both sound like they were recorded on a reel-to-reel setup next to a fission reactor. Muddy and crunked as all that. Standout tracks include the incomparable "My GTO," probably the best single Teengenerate ever recorded, the passingly Black Flag-ish "Gonna Feel Alright," and the sonically violent "Wanna Drink." If you are going to buy one Teengenerate album, though, the singles collection put out by Estrus, Smash Hits, is recommended; it doesn't have "My GTO," but it does present a retrospective of the band's career.
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AllMusic Review by Brian Whitener