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Ellen Degenerate

State of Emergency (MySpace.com/Ellendegenerate)

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Ellen Degenerate is pissed off at everyone who's ever been called cool. The Akron punks' frame of reference may be a tad dated, but it gives them a long historical view that vindicates their vitriol. In "Tony Danza," singer Jimmy Beautiful lets you know who's the boss, sneering, "Tony Danza is so stellar/Banging Angela in the cellar." The band's sing-along love letter to 50 Cent may be sarcastic: "50 Cent is awesome/Awesome /Awesome" (repeat). And there's no mistaking the group's sentiments in "Indie Rocker," which couples "Stupid glasses are not cool" with "You should feel just like a tool." With Brad Shitt's bass guitar stirring the mix, Ellen Degenerate's powerful retro punk warrants every obnoxious second.

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