Glasgow's latest contribution to fun rock pop 'n' roll is this trio, which originated as the Yummy Fur, which also had future members of Franz Ferdinand in its ranks. Like Franz, the 1990s celebrate the fun of going out, being with superficial people and, most importantly, taking recreational drugs. Almost every song goes out of its way to mention drugs as almost a deliberate way for the characters in these songs to fit in with their scene. It can get a bit wearing over the course of a whole album.

Nevertheless, the 1990s are a group that not only aspire to the early Britpop of the chosen decade represented in their moniker (Suede guitarist Bernard Butler produced this debut, after all), but they also reach for the 1970s when it was mandatory for bands to have three brilliant singles already in the public consciousness before they'd ever think of making an album. And Cookies features at least three brilliant singles. In fact, check out the first three songs for that first impression, especially the infectious "You Made Me Like It." Despite the retro moniker, time is definitely on the 1990s' side.

Serene Dominic writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to [email protected].

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