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Good Charlotte: Astoria, London **

Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 July 2003

THE MALADJUSTED young of the 1980s looked for comfort to the Smiths, whose main role was to assure British youth that, no matter how miserable they were, Morrissey was way ahead of them. There was a perverse glamour to the Smiths that is absent from modern-day functionaries such as Good Charlotte, who offer the same bleak prognosis without the cerebral coolness. Sadly, their unappetising "nu-punk" is big among America's teenage dirtbags, and getting big here.

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