Love Junk cover

The Pursuit of Happiness and its frontman Moe Berg had already scored Canadian attention with the original 1986 release of the amusing coming-of-age power pop anthem “I’m An Adult Now.” But it was their eventual 1988 debut Love Junk which proved to be the wider breakthrough, helped out by one of Todd Rundgren’s most direct, full sounding production efforts. The rerecorded “I’m An Adult Now” remains the standout but other winners include the wry “Consciousness Raising As a Social Tool” and the brawling opening song “Hard to Laugh.”

Ned Raggett