Shelley

Reproduction Is Pollution/Prejudice/Hero

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The lone single from the short-lived Shelley is one of the more curious releases ever to appear on the fabled Sarah Records. Though its shimmering guitars clearly align with much of the label's halcyon output, the lead "vocal" -- a spoken word rant against reproduction and the overall state of modern life in general -- is ridiculous, sub-Morrissey navel-gazing at its worst. The B-sides "Prejudice" and "Hero" are marginally better, albeit ridiculously florid and too precious by half. Should the surviving members of the Molly Hatchet fan club ever file a class action suit decrying the fruitiness of contemporary pop, "Reproduction Is Pollution" is the smoking gun that will win their case.