Performing Born Innocent
Friday 20th July, 2007
Greek Theatre - Griffin Park, LA
Redd Kross are one of those special bands that is impossible to pigeon hole. Ever evolving and changing, their music has at one time or another been described as punk rock, power pop, experimental, glam, performance art, British invasion, kitsch, bubblegum, and heavy metal; while it's been part of all of these, it's also always been something highly original and ahead of it's time. Brothers Jeff and Steven McDonald openly understand the common threads of the Who, the Beatles, New York Dolls, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, KISS, the Runaways, 70's tv shows, the Cowsills, the GoGos, T-Rex, X, the Stooges, David Bowie, the Bay City Rollers, Laura Nyro, John Waters the list could go on for pages. Where most people see differences, the McDonald Brothers find commonalities and artistic piety in both high-brow and low-brow pop culture.
To give the impression that Redd Kross is merely a montage of their inspirations would be greatly misleading. In addition to many brilliant cover songs and the occasional musical homage to their heros, Redd Kross have always blazed a trail all their own and give further inspiration to countless other musicians and artists. Musicians as diverse as Spinal Tap, Nirvana, Stephen Malkmus, Stone Temple Pilots, Sonic Youth, and yes even Joe Elliot of Def Leppard have gone on record for listing Redd Kross as a band they admire.
In addition to being an amazing live and studio band, they have appeared in many films, including the cult-favorites Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, LoveDolls Superstar, Spirit of '76 (which cast them along side David Cassidy, Olivia D'Abo and Leif Garret), and several Allison Anders films