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PUNK | The Queers 

With thought-provoking album titles like "Love Songs for the Retarded" and songs bearing names as profound as "I Can't Stop Farting," New Hampshire's The Queers are punk rock's long-reigning court jesters. Once you move beyond the slapstick shock value of the group's juvenile sloganeering, however, what's left is some undeniable music. The aforementioned 1993 album and 94's "Beat Off" still stand alongside Circle Jerks' "Group Sex" and Adolescents' self-titled debut as proto-hardcore masterworks. It may be a bit of a stretch to refer to The Queers as a "seminal" punk band, but "vital"? Absolutely. Besides, "seminal" sounds a bit like "semen" and they'd probably just laugh at that.

The Queers will perform with The Ataris, Pilot the Universe, and Croaked on Thursday, September 21, at Photo City Improv, 543 Atlantic Ave. 7 p.m. $15.;

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