The Queers once again reaffirm my love for them, even though I barely recognize their lineup now. But whoever is in the band does excellent covers of 60s bubblegum pop tunes like Jerry Lewis’ “Chewy Chewy” and The Troggs’ “With A Girl Like You,” surf classics “Ft. Lauderdale” and “Wipeout,” and a surprisingly good cover of Velvet Underground’s “Sunday Morning.” Even cooler, they cover Helen Love, who’s one of my favorite pop-punk artists right now. But man, that cover of “With A Girl Like You” is such vintage Queers. I love it.
The album doesn’t end there. While the Manges take a back seat to the Queers, their six songs (five originals and a great cover of Cheap Trick’s “Surrender”) are a great surprise. This Italian band plays Ramones-influenced pop-punk, and any fan of the Queers or Screeching Weasel should check them out. If you can find this CD, pick it up.