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Reggie and the Full Effect

Reggie and the Full Effect is like the composite scenester kid that's been at the ass end of every good/ dumb punk-rock trend from the past five or six years. Songs Not To Get Married To is a VH1 special of "I Love Hot Topic Band T-Shirts" that ironically and flawlessly copies the sounds of Electric Six, Dashboard Confessional, the Postal Service, Thrice and Thursday. There are even some chugga-chugga cookie-monster growls dispersed throughout the album just for good measure. Reggie is a joke band that's not supposed to be funny. Led by comic genius James DeWees -- known better for his "real" bands, the Get Up Kids and Coalesce -- Reggie is a tongue-in-cheek caricature of all things not sacred in a scene that doesn't laugh enough. But with lyrics like "Girl, I want to get inside you and die/Girl you look so fucking good tonight," it's hard not to crack just the slightest cool-kid smile.
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Tuyet Nguyen