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December 12, 2003

The Adolescents

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Orange County's #1 band, The Adolescents, will be playing a two night stint at Alex's Bar tongiht and tomorrow night. Here are the line-ups for both nights:

Fri. Dec. 12, 2003 - Adolescents, Speedealer, Pistol Grip, Drive by Smile, Supagroup - doors at 8pm.
Sat. Dec. 13, 2003 - Adolescents, The Crowd, The Stitches

For a good introduction to The Adolescents read Kevin Hillskemper's Tag-Along Adolescent.

And finally the OC Weekly's This Week....

This Week In Punk Pedigree - The Adolescents

Recently voted the No. 1 OC band of all-time by the Weeklys writers and contributors, Fullertons Adolescents are not only responsible for one of the most attention-grabbing standout debut albums in the history of punk, but theyve also become the default, knee-jerk answer to the oft-repeated, mantra-like statement "Nothing good ever comes out of Orange County."

Dont think they dont share a similar view, either: if theres any negative aspect of OC life that didnt get skewered on their self-titled debut, rest assured it was singled out in "O.C. Life" ("714 imbedded in your brain/Designer jeans and malls are all youll ever have to gain"), the standout song from lead guitarist Rikk Agnews subsequent solo album, All By Myself.

Subsequent lineups and releases may not have lived up to the Adolescents debut, but that doesnt mean the band was overshadowed by anything else released at the time. And considering their sizable influence and pedigree (members formed or were founding members of D.I., Christian Death, 22 Jacks and Joyride, among others), its all the more impressive the bands "classic" lineup (minus drummer Casey Royer) has recently begun playing reunion shows, sounding great, if not better, than the bands early gigs. There are two back-to-back shows at Alexs Bar this weekend, but if you must choose between the two, go Saturday, when the Crowd and the Stitches open.

The Adolescents play Alexs Bar, 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, (562) 434-8292. Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m. $10. 21+.

Warren Binder

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