BOYS, THE: Self-titled: CD

From the ashes of glam band Hollywood Brats came this monster of a band, and their pedigree is evident in the songs contained herein. Tunes like “First Time,” “Sick on You” (originally recorded by the aforementioned Brats), “Cop Cars,” and “Kiss Like a Nun” sound like glam gone on a speed bender, with zippy tempos, catchy choruses and a seriously tight rhythm section. The result is one of the best, and most criminally underrated, punk records to come out of the initial U.K. punk wave. Added treats here include the single versions of “I Don’t Care” and “Soda Pressing,” some outtakes and a “long version” of “First Time,” which includes an extra verse.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)