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New England Teen Scene: The Next Generation

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New England garage revivalism from 1978 to 1992, much originally released on various out-of-the-way indie 45s and compilations, often featuring Arf! Arf! head Erik Lindgren on keyboards or vocals. It's energic, good-hearted, and largely faithful to the fuzz, Farfisa, and raunchy vocal formula. Everyone sounds like they're having a lot of fun, but it's not terribly imaginative stuff. Garage devotees, though, may want to note the presence of a couple reasonably strong cuts by a reunited Rising Storm (who cut a legendary album in 1967 during the original garage era), tracks by Thee Liars (with Jeff Conolly, lead singer of top garage revivalists the Lyres), and a couple of efforts from Willie Alexander, the local Boston legend who refuses to go away.

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