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Hot Download: Jay Reatard’s Infectious Punk Jam

The garage rock misfit combines the Ramones with the Beach Boys on this poppy, sunny tune.

Ray Padgett // July 8, 2009

Brian Wilson and Joey Ramone may seem unlikely bedfellows, but Southern punker Jay Reatard channels both on his new song “Wounded.”As the second peek at his upcoming album Watch Me Fall — its first single, “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me”, dropped in May — “Wounded” hooks with an infectious, toe-tapping melody courtesy of Reatard, who combines breezy harmonies with throaty yelling like the offspring of the two rock legends.

A rare acoustic-driven tune in Reatard’s catalogue, “Wounded” hints at a poppier, less brash direction for the August 18 release, his first album proper since 2006’s much-blogged-about Blood Visions.

Download the song below. But beware — one listen and you’ll be humming along the rest of the day!

LISTEN: Jay Reatard, “Wounded”(DOWNLOAD MP3)