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The Twelve Caesars

Youth Is Wasted on the Young

(Minty Fresh)

Yes indeed, another Swedish band. Minty Fresh has made their name in part by releasing stateside versions of records by a number of Swedish pop masters—Komeda and The Cardigans spring to mind immediately. The Twelve Caesars are a much rockier band than others in the Minty Fresh stable. Blazing rocker “Sort It Out” leads off and sets the tone with a fiery guitar attack and buzzsaw vocals ala Johnny Rotten, albeit with a set of somewhat weak lyrics laden with drug references. “(I’m Gonna) Kick You Out” is a rollicking organ-drenched number the draws equally from the Brit-blues of The Animals and the post-punk ravings of Magazine. The rest of the album maintains the frenetic pace and combination of punchy guitars, punk vocals, and pop melodies.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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