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WHAT’S ROCKING OUR WORLD When it was released in 1987, REDD KROSS’ breakthrough album, NEUROTICA, seemed like some wonderful pop aberration. Imagine if the Stooges had formed in L.A. in 1980 and were fronted by two dandyish brothers whose hard-rockin’ proclivities were offset by a taste for Archies/Partridge Family-variety bubblegum. And that they wrote (really great) songs about Gandhi, Mackenzie Phillips, and ”longhaired friends of Jesus in a chartreuse microbus.” And that they weren’t afraid to use words like groovy in a nonironic sense. Now that Neurotica has been reissued — with two ace bonus tracks — by Five Foot Two/Oglio Records, a new generation can discover the delightfully skewed vision of Jeff and Steven McDonald. ”No metal sluts or punk-rock ruts for me,” they crow on ”Play My Song,” surely as nifty a mantra as was ever coined. Hey, fellas, when’s the reunion? A — TS

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