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Poster Children
On The Offensive (Hidden Agenda / Parasol)

By: Alex Steininger

Though the elections are over and I missed the boat on reviewing this record by several months, On The Offensive, Poster Children's anti-Bush protest album of covers (Husker Du, Fear, X, Clash, XTC, and more), may even be more valid now than it was pre-election. And, the proof is in the songs.

Covering The Clash's "Clampdown" (with bassist Rose Marshack doing the Mick Jones vocal part). X's "The New World", Husker Du's "Divide and Conquer", Fear's "Let's Have A War", Heaven 17's "We Don't Need This Fascist Groove Thang", and XTC's "Complicated Game", songs all written in the 70s and 80s - well before the reign of one George W. Bush. These songs, scarily enough, are quite valid now and the topics even more important in this day and age. It just goes to show you not much has changed, and the government still reigns down upon us with questionable actions, at the very least.

That is why On The Offensive is a good catch even now. Poster Children put a fuzz pop/post-punk touch on these classic protest songs. I'll give it a B+.

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