Honky

Attacked by Lesbians in a Chicago Bowling Alley

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Recorded in Chicago during a tour supporting female punk rockers L7, Attacked by Lesbians is both a document of Honky playing live, as well as -- like the Stooges Metallic K.O. -- a voyeuristic glimpse into a tense club setting. However, unlike Iggy being heckled by bikers for his stage mannerisms, and off-color remarks, here, Honky is assailed by an angry roomful of women who wrongly misidentified a few lyrics as sexist and/or derogatory. The recording quality is surprisingly good for something engineered in a punk club, and the playing is indicative of a road-tested trio -- sharp and on cue. However, the most interesting bits are the shouted threats from the audience, and the amusing retorts offered by band members between songs. In fact, the tension did indeed develop into violence. Even if quickly quelled, an antagonistic audience/band dynamic can flare easily, and Attacked by Lesbians documents just such an occurrence. The set is composed almost equally of songs from the debut and tracks being tested live for House of Good Tires, as well as a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man," here titled "A Man Who Is Simple."