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SquidHat releases Hit Me Baby’s Britney Spears punk cover album

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Max Plenke

Britney Spears kicks off her Planet Hollywood residency December 27, and a teeming brigade of …Baby One More Time nostalgianates finally have their day. But that’s not what this article is about.

According to SquidHat Records’ Allan Carter, punk rock Britney Spears tribute band Hit Me Baby, the only punk rock Britney Spears tribute band in the world, plans to celebrate the kickoff by releasing a 13-track digital cover album under the SquidHat banner. As it turns out, HMB is actually the cover project of Attack Ships on Fire, SquidHat CEO Allan Carter’s punk project from Portland.

We received an advance copy and let me tell you, it’s one for the books. “(Hit Me) Baby One More Time,” for example, was approached with the same mercilessness Metallica approached the ‘80s.

It isn’t just one period of the Spears legacy, either. You get the carefree “Oops!” years, for sure, but you really get taken on a journey through her self-seeking “Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” phase, and driving it home by letting you contemplate the hyper-sexual “Toxic” age. It really puts the late 20th century under a microscope.

But more appreciated than that is the attention to detail. These songs are done the way a joke album should be done: as accurately as possible. This is our new favorite punk rock Britney Spears cover band.

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