"It always really pissed me off that everyone talked about Come like it was all junkie music," she says. "Actually, no. We were all sober and happy. . . . I guess I had earned the reputation, though."

Regardless, she had something else to show for the previous 10 years — the attention of grunge-fueled labels on both coasts. It paid off early. "I think it was after our first show [at the Middle East] that we talked to Sub Pop," says Johnson on the phone from his home outside Atlanta. "It seems ridiculous now. We got a lot of favors thrown our way because of Thalia." After their debut single on Sub Pop ("Car"), they released four albums on Matador.

The reunion is a favor thrown back to Boston. The group had first decided to get back together for Matador's 21st-anniversary "Lost Weekend" party October 1-3 in Las Vegas, a swank fest at the Palms led by Sonic Youth, Guided by Voices, and Pavement. When the $250 tickets sold out in about a minute, they decided to play in Boston so "normal" people would have a chance to hang.

"We're even going to have some T-shirts made up so we have something to sell," says Johnson. "Because, unfortunately, all our records are out of print."

COME + WUSSY | T.T. The Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge | September 26 at 9 pm | $15 | 18+ | 617.492.0082

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