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Luke Haines: Smash the System

In a just world, disaffected children everywhere would be shouting “Do you like the Monkees?” ala the album’s title song and Alpha Industries would be using “Bomber Jacket” in an ad campaign.

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Black Box Recorder: The Facts of Life

Its Gallic flavor notwithstanding, 'The Facts of Life' serves up a wonderful slice of traditional English miserablism. Like Pulp and Blur, Black Box Recorder has mastered a pop culture aesthetic inextricably linked to the post-war decline, one that turns complaining about how dreadful everything is into a supremely ironic, comic art form.

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