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Seattle-based Quickie does their best to distill the most defining elements of '80s punk/new wave. The single "Chameleon" roars out of the gate with a manic wah-wahed guitar. Just when you think the tune will be little more than a din of suburban metal, the verse -- driven by a sledgehammer drum groove -- breaks into a chorus reminiscent of the Buzzcocks. Even in tunes like the raucous "Medicated (Just to Get By)," the young trio's angst is softened by catchy melodic hooks and a self-deprecating sense of humor. For good measure, they throw in a retro synth line that does more than recall the Cars.

"Psalm 1:41 (Jesus is a Mannequin)," a paean to those kitschy dashboard saviors, brings to mind the driving wordplay of R.E.M.'s "It's The End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" -- if played and sung by the Sex Pistols. Meanwhile, you'll fight back the tears on "Special K," a tender and revealing ballad of sorts: "I'm not that queer, I just fear I'm just weird when you're near." This is speeding-down-the-expressway party music that will get you where you're going in a hurry. And it's delivered by a band who's moving forward by looking back. Be sure to look for their new album on MUSICBLITZ Records in 2001!

-- Michael Lipton

Michael Lipton is a writer whose work has appeared in Spin, Option, Musician, Request and LA Weekly. As a musician he can be heard on recordings with Southern Culture on the Skids and as a member of the house band on "Mountain Stage," a live performance radio show distributed internationally by Public Radio International.

   
Quickie Hell in a Habitrail MP3 Alternative, Punk
Big riffs and power-laden pop that will stick in your head for days -- courtesy of punk newcomers Quickie! Just don't ask about the habitrail.

Quickie Medicated (Just To Get By) MP3,WinMedia Alternative, Punk
Quickie -- the saviors of Seattle rock 'n' roll -- are a three-man gang that churn out the catchiest power punk this side of the Sex Pistols, and throw in a little bit of new wave to boot. Get yer fix!

Quickie Mushrooms on Sesame Street MP3 Alternative, Punk
We can tell you how to get, how to get "Mushrooms on Sesame Street!" No, Quickie's summery power pop hit is not brought to you by the letter E and the number 3, silly -- it's available exclusively from the loveable Muppets here at MUSICBLITZ!


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