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***AVAILABLE AGAIN AT A NEW LOWER PRICE!!! The artistic leap taken by the IMPEDIMENTS between their self-titled debut and their second album Broken Hits is unparalleled in the annals of popular music. Okay, not really. But with Broken Hits the Impediments have gotten even better at being the Impediments. And that’s pretty great, as it turns out. These Bay Area boys get that Love, the Stooges, and Alice Cooper have more to do with punk than any of the hardcore monkeys who insist that it sound like Paranoid played at 45rpm. The Impediments borrow shamelessly from the power-pop melodicism of the Plimsouls and Zeros. Then, they filter it through a little Sorry Ma piss and vinegar. The result is the polar opposite of most so-called alternative music. In other words, it’s fun. The twin guitars of NICK ALLEN and MIKE LIEBMAN gleefully defy all rhythm/lead archetypes. Combining the Buxton-Bruce attack of vintage Alice Cooper with the angular, spitfire splinters of classic Voidoids and the discordant skronk of the Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Allen and Liebman sound like two Bob Stinsons in overdrive. The vocals of Allen and bassist RAY SERAPHIN are the dirty sweet culmination of every rocker’s Nuggets/Pebbles dreams. The Impediments remind of the Dictators, Radio Birdman, the Dead Boys and the Ramones—all within the first sixty seconds or so of Broken Hits’ opener, “Useless Eyes.” And then there are thirteen more songs. Limited edition of 239 copies, so don’t sleep.