My So-Called Band

President Lust

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Following up their self-titled debut LP, this Charlotte, North Carolina, punk 'n' roll trio try a topical five-songer. They are one of the first CDs (there have probably been others) to weigh in on the Clinton/Lewinsky matter, as the title track lays it on the line. "I don't want to hear about President Lust," scowls bassist/singer Chris Peigler, more concerned with the chief executive's policies (which, as a civil libertarian, he abhors) than his sexual combustibility. The song even ends with a sample of Clinton's confession speech. However, like the scandal itself, don't let the titillation of the subject obscure the music behind it and the other four songs, all of which begin kicking and screaming and never calm down. With a more live feel than the LP (which also was nicely impolite), songs such as "Public Caresser" have a buzzed 1979-era edge (more like D.O.A. and Subhumans than the Clash, who MSCB paid tribute to on their LP sleeve). And they have a sense of humor too: the last two cuts, "I'm So Lonely I Could Watch Pay-Per-View" is a lyric Hank Williams might have written if he started out now in the home entertainment age, and "Hate Will Keep Us Together" rebukes the Captain & Tennille sentiment!

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