Music: Headstunts

The Datsuns.


At first listen, the fourth album from New Zealand’s Datsuns could pass for by-the-numbers hard rock: Amid a rush of guitars and migraine-inducing drums, singer Dolf de Borst rants and raves with wild-eyed fervor. But thoughtful twists lurk within the noise of songs such as the Green Day soundalike “Cruel Cruel Fate,” which analyzes a doomed romance, while the eight-minute “Somebody Better” showcases Christian Livingstone’s psychedelic guitar. Still, it’s hard to top the belligerent “Highschool Hoodlums” for pure animal fun.

Fact:

Mother Jones was founded as a nonprofit in 1976 because we knew corporations and the wealthy wouldn’t fund the type of hard-hitting journalism we set out to do.

Today, reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget, allows us to dig deep on stories that matter, and lets us keep our reporting free for everyone. If you value what you get from Mother Jones, please join us with a tax-deductible donation so we can keep on doing the type of journalism that 2018 demands.

Donate Now
  • Jon Young is a contributing writer for Mother Jones. For more of his stories, click here.