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The Bugs, ‘…The Bugs’ (Hovercraft)

After nearly a decade of summoning Buzzcocks and Daniel Johnston, this drums-and-guitar duo has finally mastered the art of insulting our intelligence with sweetness and charm (esteemed critic Richard Meltzer decries all rock bands in the liner notes, naming the Bugs the “lone exception”). A sense of humor lurks beneath the handclapping, two-chord stomp of “Fuckin’ A Right,” in which the deadpanned phrase “Yeah, I fuckin’ know what you mean” ends each line. Yet the Bugs can also seem wistfully sage when they slow down and whine softer tunes, like “Stars & Stripes.”

Now Hear This: The Bugs- “Silver Train” DOWNLOAD MP3