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Back in print 2021, classic black! The Supersuckers had a string of great cow punk albums to their credit and had managed to keep their line up intact by 1999's 'The Evil Powers Of Rock 'N' Roll'.

Their original drummer Dancing Eagle (Dan Seigle) lived in Austin and during this period I saw them about 8 or 9 times between '95 and '00 and they never disappointed.

Bassist vocalist Eddie Spaghetti and co-lead guitarists Dan "Thunder" Bolton and Ron "Rontrose" Heathman, had the recipe for raucous rock n roll and spitfire live shows at their disposal.

Album opener and title track, 'The Evil Powers Of Rock 'N' Roll' even fades out with a few seconds of Ozzy's 'Believer' riff, and that my friend in my book, is cool.

'Cool Manchu' is a stab at accessibility with a hummable vocal and catchy riff, but we all know having dueling lead guitar all up in your face leads it in another direction.

When was the last time the shit flavor of the month pop crap had killer leads on it? Exactly.

'I Want The Drugs' is exactly what real punk is, save the melodic punk for the Target commercials.

Featuring call and response gang chorus of "I want the drugs" "drugs, drugs, I want the drugs!" This song, while hardly poetic, amps up the guitar and makes it count.

Love this song, pure punk genius featuring scorching lead guitar and humor, which is essential for a song like this.

'Santa Rita High', a mid tempo rocker with the trademark twin Gibson Les Paul gold top leads and 'Dead Meat' the boxing themed punker make way for the ultimate slacker love song, 'Stuff And Nonsense', a very believable story of a twenty-something relationship break up is refreshing in that it isn't sad, it just is, which you never realize until you're older and wiser.

'Dirt Roads, Dead Ends And Dust' is distorted, revved up blues. 'Fisticuffs' is a tale of drunken brawling and being in a band, I know, the layman has no idea what the hell is going on, there's music, a fight, someone is drunk, oh but it gets more complicated.

I highly recommend this band and their catalog, but closing this album, billed as "13 new songs about liquor, women, drugs and killing", is in my opinion, the first Supersuckers epic.

'Hot Like The Sun', which I witnessed them do live at the lovely Club Deville in Austin, TX in 1999, is a 2 part, punk/rock n roll odyssey that proves they were miles above many of the wannabes of the '90's.

Recommended for fans of kickasserey. - written by James Flores Gurgling up from the depths of hell, the first straight punk-rock record from the Supersuckers since 1995's Sacrilicious has only four things on its gloriously infantile mind: drugs, sex, fisticuffs, and boozy, rip-roaring rock & roll.

"Forces" uses the formula to unleash the finest example of tongue-in-cheek, perpetually adolescent, head-banging chaos this side of the Ramones.

After 1997's all-country Must've Been High, the boys do seem to have picked up some additional songwriting skills, as this set is virtually filler-free and packed with choice, catchy riffs.

"Hot Like the Sun" starts off as a typically dirty-minded ode to the sexual chase, but then downshifts midsong into grungy minor chords and dark melodicism as lead singer Eddie Spaghetti explores a more somber take on the song's title.

Still, the emphasis here is on exploiting the Supersuckers' unholy, take-no-prisoners approach, imbuing lightning-fast scorchers like "I Want the Drugs" with their particular guitar-driven mojo.

Nobody's supposed to make punk music rock like this anymore, but when these guys are on their game, it's a given.

--Matthew Cooke The Evil Powers Of Rock 'n' Roll Cool Manchu I Want The Drugs Santa Rita High Dead Meat Stuff 'n' Nonsense Dirt Roads, Dead Ends And Dust Fisticuffs Gone Gamblin' My Kickass Life Goin' Back To Tucson I Can't Hold Myself In Line Hot Like The Sun