12 O'Clock Track: Thee Oops show off their snarling lo-fi punk on "Happy Charlie"

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I called out the Sardinia hardcore-punk band Thee Oops back in December for an In Rotation, but I've been having so much trouble keeping their 2012 Slovenly EP, Happy Charlie, away from my turntable that I figured what the hell . . . today's 12 O'Clock Track offers me another opportunity to talk about 'em. The release consists of a pair of 45s that have such short fuses they need flipping well before you're able to get comfortable. But that's the punk charm of it: short and fast and dirty. And the album's flaming-lick-loaded title track provides the perfect artist's statement.

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