Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Basement 5: 1965-1980 [Antilles, 1981]
Second Edition fans take note: Every time I hear ex-PiL drummer Richard Dudanski and reggae-pro guitarist J.R. hit their groove, I think maybe The Flowers of Romance was just a dream I had. The lyrics are stupidly militant at times--England's problem isn't "female rule," it's Thatcher's rule, and not even that--but when things get this boom-boom-boom I can ignore the words if need be. B+