Less Than Jake
Crash Course In Being an Asshole (Rhetoric)
by Joshua Brown
Sans ska-stylings, Less Than Jake here play pop punk in the Screeching Weasel vein. Predictable “whoas” are placed frequently in the usual, slightly off-time format. Again, as per usual, there are a couple covers: Dion’s “Teenager In Love” and J. Geils Band’s “Freeze Frame.” The Dion cover works better, ’cause of the similarity in song structure between ’50s popular music and modern pop punk, while the J. Geils cover unsuccessfully tries, using horns, to capture the wacky energy of the original.