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Rubinoos: Theoretical Boys In Search Of The Summer Single

Mitchell Cohen, Creem, August 1979

IT IS A PERFECT world: the date is anywhere between May 15 and June 28; you are fourteen years old, and the days are getting longer; school lets out at three, and at the clang of the bell, the heavy doors fling open and you stampede into the 76 degree afternoon; there are hours until dusk, tingly hours after nightfall, and the girls are on the verge of adorable compliance – in their smiles, boundless promise; all the transistor radios are tuned to WABC, and the song cheerfully blaring from each one is The Rubinoos' ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend’: "Gonna make you love me before I'm done." Oh, yes. It is a moment to freeze, and savor.

Total word count of piece: 1924


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