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Derby & Joan

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To be critical, "Stick Stuck" and bits of other songs sound like the Gin Blossoms' fake alterna-fodder with more sus -- and saying it's like a punk "Hey Jealousy" is no compliment -- this English trio can also deliver the post-punk pop goods. Derby & Joan is a U.S. collection of two 1992 U.K. EPs, one produced by Iain Burgess of Big Black/Naked Raygun/Effigies/Mega City Four fame, the other by Graeme Naysmith of Pale Saints. The sound is consistent with that pair's history, super-fuzzy but ballsy guitar blasting away at hard driving melodies and rhythm crunch. On the faster tracks, put these guys on the same bill as the Edsel Auctioneer (who they thank on the sleeve) and Midway Still and you'd get a good idea of the good side of U.K. grunge-pop. Scattered throughout, there are some real highs.

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