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Teenage Love

Formed: 1985 (defunct)

Genre: punk, rock

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Grizzled, gnarled and way more than old enough to know better, Knoxville's longest-running punk rock outfit play the kind of dirty, evil, mindless punk music that made America great. Or at least it made American hardcore great, back in the early and middle '80s when Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys and the Circle Jerks were making the rounds at disreputable little college dives all over the country. Fronted by the irrepressible Rus Harper—penner of subversive poetry, screecher extraordinaire—Teenage Love made their bones opening for the likes of those artists at long-forgotten beer hovels all over Cumberland Avenue. Now, after a roughly 15-year hiatus, which came to an inglorious end when the band reformed to play the 2004 Metro Pulse-sponsored Metro Fest, the ravening four-piece are bringing the noise again, for a generation too young to remember safety-pin piercings and beer-addled slam dancing at the old Vic 'n' Bills. A punk-rock outing the whole family can enjoy! (Mike Gibson)

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