Once Ramones songs started appearing in cell phone commercials, Nike
bought Converse, and Avril Lavigne came on the scene with her studded
belt and "angst," the commoditization of punk rock seemed complete,
the genre's skeleton picked clean by the vultures of the music
industry. Fortunately, bands like Reptilian Civilian, a scaly garage
band from Portland, took it upon themselves to resurrect the punk rock
upon which so many of us cut our teeth. While MTV got busy cleaning up
punk's disreputable image and inaccessible, off-key sound, Reptilian
Civilian and their DIY peers followed behind, sweeping up all the
discarded vulgarity, radical politics, and crude references to bodily
functions for themselves. In Reptilian Civilian's case, the music came
out sounding like the best of '60s basement punk rockthe kind that
offends your mother and all of the delicate sensibilities you're still
clinging to. If there were no references to current events like 9/11,
you might not guess that Reptilian Civilian is a 21st-century band.
Lucky for us, it is. With Three Legged Dog and Reptilian Civilian.
Listen to a sample of Space Cretins' "Straight to the Edge."
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