The Sex Maniacs

Mean as Hell

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Mean as Hell is what happens when a bunch of punks decide to play hard rock in an AC/DC vein. All that's missing are the acrobatic guitar solos, and, with gravelly-voiced belter Beautiful Steve leading the charge, the stage is set for a slew of punchy, economical, three-chord nuggets whose inspirational roots can be traced as far back as the Anti-Nowhere League and even the Dictators (hello, Handsome Dick Manitoba!). These include seemingly straight-faced highlights such as "Time to Rock," "Gimme Nothing," and "You'll Never Learn"; as well as significantly sillier fare like "Four Big Dicks," "Illegal Libido," and the abusively witty "Conjugal Blues." All in all, there's nothing about Mean as Hell that screams "classic" (if there was, the album wouldn't have languished unreleased in some quarters for nearly two years), but for those seeking a reliably rocking good time, this makes for a very fun romp.

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