The Sleepers

Comeback Special

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Not to be confused with San Francisco's great post-punk pioneers Sleepers, this Chicago band's second LP ain't bad early ‘70s metal-flavored rock ‘n' roll without the sludge. What if MC5's Wayne Kramer and Fred Smith had joined Rolling Stones for those Chuck Berry covers? Or if New York Dolls had boogied with AC/DC and Black Crowes guitars and a double-tracked Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) on vocals? You'd get this shakin'-fist-in-the-air stuff -- roaring, stomping, heavy, "filthy" rock ‘n' roll -- with songs such as "Loaded" and "Jailbait" (careful, boys!) channeling the riff from Dead Boys "Caught with the Meat in Your Mouth"/Rocket from the Tombs' "Never Gonna Kill Myself Again." You'll want to cruise with them on their "Detroit Ride" -- just watch the underage girls.

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