Lester Bangs & the Delinquents

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The only album to be released while Lester Bangs was alive finds him working with the Texas-based Delinquents, who had a pretty hot guitar player by the name of Andy Fuertsch. It wasn't as though he was looking for a roots rock sound in working with the Delinquents, it was more that they were in Texas and outside of the incestuous New York post-punk scene that Bangs was so much a part of. The music contained within these grooves is very good, especially the bitterly funny "Life Ain't Worth Living (But Suicide Is a Waste of Time)," which, more than any of the other songs he wrote, gets to the heart of Bangs' worldview. His singing is a little thin and inexpressive, but never unlistenable, and the record as a whole has an engaging Richard Hell-influenced psycho blues feel to it.