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61SlKQe6TLL. SL160 The classiest punk rock cover band and group of Bar Mitzvah ruiners on the planet has gone South. No, they haven't gone country (they did that back in 2006), they've taken a musical journey to Australia.

On GO DOWN UNDER (out Feb 1, 2011 on Fat Wreck Chords), the supergroup with members of NOFX, LAGWAGON, SWINGIN' UTTERS and FOO FIGHTERS put the classic Me First spin on  a quintet of songs originally performed by Aussie artists.

While the song selection lacks the instant recognizability of their previous releases to an extent, this short burst of music is a fun reminder of a band that was doing the "covers thing" long before it was commonplace - and still does it better than most.


1. Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
2. All Out Of Love - AIR SUPPLY
3. Friday On My Mind - THE EASYBEATS
4. Have You Never Been Mellow - OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
5. I've Done Everything For You - RICK SPRINGFIELD

Rating: 3.5/5

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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