But as the lust to discover lost punk godfathers burrows through today's indie underground, many such also-rans get reimagined. The Rebels assist in this lowbrow revisionism by fashioning themselves as returning punk conquerors on Pierce My Brain, their first studio album in more than 20 years. The record retains the band's cornball humor, now mostly of the "Hey kid, I wuz a punk before you wuz" variety. But some of the loose, raw charm of their '70s stuff is lost here. The walking-punk blues of "Paper Plane" and the hard-rocked cover of '60s nugget "Talk Talk" stand with their best. But the Ramonesy stab, "I Don't Wanna Be a Punk No More," and the off-target cheese metal of "Your Warlord Is a Pussy" proves that sometimes it's best to let the legend lie.
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