YUM YUMS, THE: For Those About to Pop!: CD

Hailing from Norway—apparently where pop punk and power pop go to make out —the Yum Yums’ 1997 Sweet as Candy album was a sugar-snortin’ classic—one of the top twenty albums of the ’90s, a decade with no shortage of tremendous albums. It was one of those records that made you look at your microphone and wonder why the hell it couldn’t magically make you sound that good (what am I paying this doggone thing for, anyway?)—nothing but harmonies and hooks and bright, brash, punkish energy. And lo, some twenty-three New Year’s Eves later, For Those About to Pop! sounds, frankly, pretty much the same as Sweet as Candy (Basic plotline: 1. Guy likes girl, 2. Girl likes rock’n’roll, 3. Let’s go!). Now, sure, maybe For Those About to Pop! is to Sweet as Candy as Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (hold the vermicious knids), but I think that’s a pretty reasonable return on investment after twenty-three years, and besides, dance with who brung ya. Curiously (or possibly predictably, I’m never quite sure which), the two songs which stand out here are the two songs which deviate the most from the Sweet as Candy blueprint (and they don’t deviate a ton): The Hello/Bay City Rollers-style mid-’70s U.K. roller rink glam rock of “First Move,” and the straight-up late ’60s bubblegum of “Can’t Get Enough of Your Lovin’.” To imagine that there’s a lesson to be learned from that is likely to miss the point entirely. Yum! BEST SONG: As implied, either “First Move” or “Can’t Get Enough of Your Lovin’.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Bubblegum Baby.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: “Baby Baby” is not the Vibrators song. –Rev. Nørb (Rum Bar)