Alternative Press - 7/95, p.93
Rated #65 in AP's list of the 'Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...Unlike their pissed-off peers, All managed to pioneer the sound now widely known as pop-punk..."
All: Dave Smalley (vocals), Stephen Egerton (guitar), Karl Alvarez (bass), Bill Stevenson (drums).
The initial release from this Descendents offshoot finds All spouting off about the All philosophy featuring punk-pop odes to sexual abstinence, heartbreak, and, of course, Alfredo's, a real Mexican restaurant the band practically lived at (they were even nice enough to include the address and phone number). The entire album contains enough pop hooks to win over the most jaded listener; a few decades ago, the pop gems of Allroy Saves would have crackled out of AM radios everywhere. "Sugar and Spice" could have come off the Osmonds' Phase 3 or Homemade albums had the Mormon brothers cranked up the guitars. (With that in mind, it's amazing drummer Bill Stevenson played in Black Flag for two years.) ~ Al Campbell