Gary Celebrity

Diary of a Monster

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The first solo album by former Celebrity Skin singer Gary Celebrity -- who was known as Gary Jacoby back in the day -- basically picks up exactly where 1991's Good Clean Fun left off. Celebrity and guitarist/co-producer Pat Ruthensmear kick off with a so-straight-it-must-be-a-goof cover of the Kinks' "Celluloid Heroes" and then march directly into a reprisal of Celebrity Skin's poppy-glammy-punky roar. Like Redd Kross with a bit less of a '70s fixation and a ruder sense of humor -- "Fairies to London," anyone? -- but a similar knack for throwing out the occasional unexpected pure pop gem ("Gods" would, no kidding, not sound out of place on a mid-'70s Sparks album), Celebrity and Ruthensmear create a more consistently enjoyable record than anything the occasionally brilliant but uneven Celebrity Skin managed. Pity that it was never followed up.

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