C-60s

C-60s

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Remember two decades ago, when it seemed like a hundred fun new bands tore into the places where new wave and power pop met, all herky-jerky, fast, hiccuping, and immediate? Bet your hat this Fort Lauderdale, FL, trio does, for there is loads of first-two-LPs Police in their playing (the faster stuff, "Next to You" or "I Can't Stand Losing You"), mixed with barrels of first-two-LPs XTC, first-two-LPs Joe Jackson, plus scads of Records, Barracudas, Nerves, early Devo, Plugz, and even a little 1979 Andy Gill (Gang of Four) guitar as well. It's the sharp, nervous energy that separates this stuff from cleaned-up Men at Work-style rehash. That, and bassist Carey Peak's excellent, urgent vocals hit hard. So if you miss your morning coffee, a few sips of "Remote Control," "Virtues of Concrete," or the "Roxanne"-like "Worries #71-75" ought to turn you into a whirling monkey. Go cats, go.

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