Jayne County

Wash Me in the Blood of Rock and Roll

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Even in the desperate-to-shock '70s, Wayne County was an exceedingly minor figure, never quite matching the promise of enticingly sleazy song titles like "(If You Don't Want to Fuck Me) Fuck Off." Going ahead with the operation and becoming Jayne County, she lost the one hook that had made her vaguely interesting, turning her into just another foulmouthed bleach-blonde who can't particularly sing. Wash Me in the Blood of Rock and Roll, recorded live in 2000 -- a full two decades after her only interesting work -- is the rock & roll equivalent of a suburban soccer mom who had trained to be a ballerina in her teens trying out a few moves at her daughter's recital. The band plays as if it has never even heard these songs before, and County's voice -- never an instrument of beauty -- is simply shot. And in the age of Eminem, songs about anal sex and "Toilet Love" are well past their sell-by date in terms of outrageousness. This is just sad.