Kate Fagan on Manufactured Recordings

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Prior to founding local legend ska group Heavy Manners, Kate Fagan made a splash with the 1980 cult new wave single “I Don’t Wanna Be Too Cool.” A short, high-powered anthem decrying the allure of ‘coolness,’ Fagan wrote the track after finding this culture pervasive in both New York and Chicago. In 2016, Manufactured Recordings dusted off the song as part of a reissue EP also featuring a raw, politically-charged cut called “Waiting for the Crisis” and two previously unreleased tracks which Fagan recorded in the early ’80s.