JOHNS, THE: In Tune: 7” EP

A-side sounds like a cross between any Ramones song C.J. ever sung and “Fight For Your Right” by the Beastie Boys, the latter only tangentially. The first half of the B-side sounds like Orange County’s ten-years-too-late answer to the Humpers, who were, for the record, a great band (at least some of the time). Second half of the B-side has a little guitar that reminds me of later Vandals, but, other than that, i’m stumped. You could play me this record, show me the cover, show me pictures of the band, and tell me they were from any year from 1983 or so til the present and i would believe you. BEST SONG: “Wanna Die” BEST SONG TITLE: “Wanna Die” i guess FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: The record came with a CD-R of the songs—a practice which, square as it may seem, i strongly endorse.

 –norb (Anko)