The Rubinoos

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The Rubinoos are an American power pop band that formed in 1970 in Berkeley, California. They are perhaps best known for their singles "I Think We're Alone Now" (1977, a cover of the hit by Tommy James & the Shondells), "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (1979), and for the theme song to the 1984 film Revenge of the Nerds. Although "I Think We're Alone Now," reaching No. 45 in 1977, has been their only charting hit, the group has a significant enduring cult following among fans of the power-pop genre.

More recently, the group became known to a wider audience after filing a plagiarism lawsuit in mid-2007 against Canadian pop-punk musician Avril Lavigne claiming that her song "Girlfriend" had too much in common with "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend". The parties confidentially settled out of court in early 2008. The conflict led to a re-interest in the Rubinoos' music, particularly on YouTube.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1977 The Rubinoos 3
1979 Back to the Drawing Board 1
1998 Paleophonic 1
2000 the basement tapes plus 1
2002 Crimes Against Music 2
2005 Twist, Pop, Sin 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2000 Anthology 1
2007 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Rubinoos 1

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