Friday, March 30, 2007

Punk Band Welcomes Fans ‘To The Suck’

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Most punk bands stay away from John Denver, but one Manchester, New Hampshire, group is happy to welcome his songs with open arms.

They’re called the Rezidudes and their first album, Welcome To The Suck, features accelerated versions of mellow rock tunes like “Country Roads,” “Leavin’ On A Jet Plane” and “Sunshine.”

Guitarist Kevin Cornish admits the performances are tongue-in- punctured-cheek, but insists it’s not a parody album.

As he puts it, “It’s intended to be funny, but we wanted to make the songs sound as good as possible.”

The idea to make what Cornish calls “the evil offspring of Carly Simon and Joey Ramone” came about because when the group played straight punk rock at clubs, only the fans of the originals enjoyed it.

However, when they amped up more familiar songs like “Blowin’ In The Wind” or “Theme From Cheers,” the audience would cheer.

Welcome To The Suck will be officially released on – no joke – April Fools’ Day (Apr. 1) and Cornish says the Rezidudes are now working on punking up songs from The Sound Of Music.

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