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Chicks on Speed: Chicks on Speed Will Save Us All [EFA, 2000]
With the effective pop audience spanning 50 years and myriad interlocking taste cultures, early-'80s nostalgia isn't current--it's just a wrinkle in the gestalt. Nor will those who embrace B-52's-to-"Mind Your Own Business" but not Euro-to-electro or Malaria-to-"Warm Leatherette" be especially thrilled by these smart young things' taste or concept--except insofar as the smart young things are thrilled themselves, which in matters of revival makes all the difference. Sexy Malaria song, girls. Nifty new early-'80s Euro-electro originals, too. A-