Benny and the Jets

Benny and the Jets III

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This eight-song cassette-only issue finds the Detroit-based oldies band trio putting the pedal to the metal on this, their third self-produced outing. Unlike their other two outings from the 1970s and '80s (studio and live), this one features twice as many guest artists as there are members of the actual band! But you never lose sight of just who the stars are here, and as the combo struts their way through numbers like "Dumb Girls" and "Bad Motor Scooter," it becomes obvious that the band has a real love for the type of material they attack. Even over-recorded gems like "Wipe Out," "Last Kiss," and "Li'l Red Riding Hood" shine with a verve that seldom shows up on this kind of slugfest. Most telling of all amidst all the cover tunes, however, is Benny's lone original "This Old Face," the headline of a newspaper story that tells more about hometown heroes and rock & roll than a million covers of "Johnny B. Goode" ever could.