BACKSEAT VIRGINS, THE: Born Again: CD

The Parasites were one of those bands that were so wimpy, even some of pop punk’s most devout followers turned up their noses. The Backseat Virgins is the brainchild of the Parasites’ bassist. They’re just as catchy as The Parasites, but considerably more aggressive. The dual male/female vocals instantly sucked me in, and the low-key use of keyboards livens up the mix as well. The fact that there’s nothing definitively special about these Ramones clone tracks is precisely the charm. Isn’t basic, unadulterated bubblegum punk what the world needs from time to time?

 –Art Ettinger (Insubordination)