Like Fast Times at Ridgemont High set to music, the Supersuckers emanate the rebellious, devil-may-care innocence and raucous, party-time attitude of an underage keg party. I’d rather choose my soul to lose than leave around just one confusing loose desire, bassist Eddie Spaghetti sings on his hedonistic ode “Born With a Tail,” expressing the opinion that if you’re already on the highway to hell, why not hit the gas? The band’s high-octane, rockabilly-fueled garage-punk channels the guitar sounds of Thin Lizzy and X with searing solos, memorable riffs and more hooks than the Burlington Coat Factory. Spaghetti’s lyrics include odes to his ne’er-do-well status (“Doublewide,” “Pretty Fucked Up”) and uproarious bits of cheekiness, such as faux-helpful “How to Maximize Your Body Count” and “Supersuckers Drive-By Blues.” (The latter relates the band’s exploits driving around giving strangers the finger.) Though its standard speed is full-bore, the Tucson, Arizona, quartet dips into country on its latest, Must’ve Been High, and in 15 years, it has covered an unusual array of artists, including Madonna, Ice Cube and Outkast.

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