Teen Babes From Monsanto was more than a mere covers EP; it was a statement of purpose by a band emerging from the ghetto of hardcore punk. The covers on the EP served as a template for the rest of Redd Kross's career. Every aspect of the band's emerging sound was represented by a cover on the EP; heavy metal (KISS "Deuce"), glam rock (Bowie "Savior Machine"), bubblegum pop (Boyce & Hart "Blow You a Kiss In The Wind"), 60s girl group pop (The Shangri-Las "Heaven Only Knows"), psychedelia (The Rolling Stones "Citadel"), as well as a nod to their hardcore roots and affection for junk culture ("Linda Blair 1984"). The EP is both a perfect summation of where Redd Kross was at the time, and an indication of where they were going.
Teen Babes has never been officially released on CD (although it came as a bonus on a limited edition Australian tour CD in 1993 that also featured "Trance" and "Byrds and Fleas"--that's how I got my copy). This EP is crying out to be reissued.
Their cover of "Deuce" makes KISS's version sound flacid in comparison. It must have badly bruised Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's massive egos to get their butts kicked by a bunch of punk teens from L.A., and it took them 8 years to bounce back back with Revenge in 1992, their strongest album since 1981's Music From The Elder.