The term "punk-pop" is an oxymoron: One reason punk was born was in rebellion against pop music.
The term "punk-pop" is an oxymoron: One reason punk was born was in rebellion against pop music. The pairing often feels like a marriage where both parties fight for dominance, but Minnesota band the F-Ups has forged a more compatible union. The group hasn't quite developed its songwriting chops—there's a lot of repetition here—but its high-school-themed tunes will please the Sum 41/Blink-182 crowd, and its stories are amusing. "Lazy Generation" and "I Don't Know" are joyous odes to slackerhood. "Screw You" is self-explanatory. The best is "Crack Ho," the story of a trailer park babe whose life centers on getting high. Since its lyrics have already earned a parental advisory sticker, don't expect the F-Ups to achieve top 40 airplay any time soon. You're more likely to find them on Fuse, where their song "Look at Your Son Now" was included on the channel's Oven Fresh segment.—CLT