SUZUKI SMITH: Wife Beater: CD-R

There’s a bar in Seattle that sits beside the Space Needle that has changed hands many times and had many names. Many years ago that is where I was first introduced to “bar punk”: thirty-five to forty-year-old dudes obsessed with the Mentors, writing lyrics like fifteen-year-olds. Suzuki Smith is bar punk. I mean if your preferred lyrical content concerns the hotness of Jen Lindley from Dawson’s Creek (“Jen Lindley, cute blondie, you’re so hot, on that show… oh yeah, you know I’d do her!”) and you like a band with a “Hottie of the Month” contest on its website then this is your jam right here… and you’ve never really heard “Anarchy in the U.K.” until you’ve heard a fat dude from Boston belt it out from behind a goatee.

–Steve Stephenson (www.suzukismith.net)