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Title - 'Still Snotty: Young, Loud & Snotty At 40'
Artist - Dead Boys

Just to ensure that everyone is on the same page here, the Dead Boys are an American punk rock band from Cleveland, Ohio.

The band was among the first wave of early punk bands, and was known as one of the rowdiest and most violent punk groups of the era.

The Dead Boys were initially active from 1976 to 1979, briefly reuniting in 1986, and then later again in 2004 and 2005 for the first time without their front man Stiv Bators, who had died in 1990.

In September 2017, founding members Cheetah Chrome and Johnny Blitz reunited the band with a new line-up for a 40th anniversary tour along with a new album, Still Snotty: Young, Loud and Snotty at 40, a re-recording of their debut album.

1. 'Sonic Reducer'
2. 'All This And More'
3. 'What Love Is'
4. 'Not Anymore'
5. 'Ain't Nothing To Do'
6. 'Caught With The Meat In Your Mouth'
7. 'I Need Lunch'
8. 'High Tension Wire'
9. 'Down In Flames'

Originally recorded and released in 1977 on Sire Records, and produced by Genya Ravan, Young Loud and Snotty may have featured a different line-up, but the raw appeal to it still lives on here 40 years later, that's for damn sure.

Now produced by Plowboy Records head Shannon Pollard and cut in just three days of sessions in Nashville's historic Creative Workshop Studios, Still Snotty: Young, Loud & Snotty at 40 was always going to be an exciting chance to revisit a classic album.

As Cheetah Chrome has since said about the original album, "It was actually a demo. None of us had been in a studio before, and we figured we would go back in and do it right, but the label said no."

"It has stood up, but 40 years later we can do a What if? What would it have sounded like if we could have gone back in? So that's what this is about. It's not better. It's just different."

Truer words have never been spoken, for Still Snotty: Young, Loud and Snotty at 40 is obviously as close to the original vibe as any redo could be, yet still manages to exude it's own, fresher approach, so to speak.

That said, if it ain't broke, don't fix it does come to mind, and I'm not overly sure that this was a necessary recording. That said, it is a worthy stab at honoring the past and bringing it kicking and screaming into the here and now.

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