What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?

"Degenerates look better in leather," the Vaccines sing in their hit "Blow It Up." They might not be the first English band to make that discovery, but these four London lads have become the toast of the U.K. with a debut full of surf-punk guitars and ordinary-boy wit. Singer Justin Young chronicles his appalling love life ("Post-breakup sex that helps you forget your ex/What did you expect from post-breakup sex?"). Yet there's a lovably unspoiled quality to the Vaccines — in "Nørgaard," they crush on a Copenhagen fashion model ("Great Dane cheekbones/Teenage hormones") while spelling out her name, as Joey Ramone would do.

Listen to The Vaccines' "If You Wanna":

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From The Archives Issue 1132: June 9, 2011