Lolita No. 18

Toy Doll Tour 2000

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Recorded over the course of their 2000 tour, dubbed the Toy Doll Tour, the latest offering from Japanese punkettes Lolita No.18 finds the girls dishing out more of the noisy, fun, and snotty rock & roll they've come to be known for. The guitars are loud, crunchy, and fast; the bass is thumping; and the vocals are screeching and manic -- it's like a banshee fronting the Sex Pistols. A generous serving of 18 songs seems to be in the interest of accurately representing the girls' live show. The majority of the songs are pretty basic safety-pin punk numbers performed in Japanese. However, a few surprising cover songs spring up throughout the record, including an album-opening cover of the Ramones' "Rockaway Beach," as well as the Sex Pistols' "Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle," and, most interestingly, the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star." The CD also includes a super-thick booklet, a tour scrapbook comprised of handwritten notes and photos from the road. However, since everything is written in Japanese, non-Japanese-speaking fans will just have to be content checking out the pages and pages of photos. Bonus points for the super-hip holographic album cover.

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