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The Fiendz released their fourth album, Cole, in the summer of 1998 and unveiled a band perfectly poised for success. Having chosen to evolve their sound as a departure from the rough-edged roots of power punk, the Fiendz embraced the even-tempered production style of Tim Gilles to complement the surprising songcraft of singers Jerry Jones and Joe Darone. The result: a collection of genre-crossing tunes steeped in alluring rhythms and bouncy hooks. Along with smoky instrumental work on "Jack's Bistro," there are doo-wop harmonies ("Believe Me, It Hurts"), ska-inspired horns ("One I Dream About"), infectious drumming ("I Was Lost"), and poignant Elvis Costello-like singing bordering on the Smithereens. This East Coast band proved beyond a doubt that punk can progress to proportions of mass pop appeal.

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