A Joke Gone Bad (Lightning Rock)

With songs like "Quiet Riot," "Corpse of Chewbacca," and "Banana Jammin' Your Daughter," it's obvious that Fangboner's debut ain't sophisticated -- but sometimes, cheap laughs are the best ones.

Hailing from the western 'burbs, the quintet plays chunky power-pop beefed up with choruses common to '80s club rock: earnest sing-alongs about lookin' for love and livin' the hard life on a cold city's mean streets. "One/Night/Stand!" chants singer Sheamus Carney in "If It Was Always This Easy," an ambivalent anthem about playing the field. Carney doesn't like club girls, but he sure seems to have a good time with them. It'll make you groan or giggle, guaranteed.

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