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Transvision Vamp: Velveteen [Uni, 1989]
Unlike the Sex Pistols, whom they resemble in so many ways, these cheesy media sluts want to Grow Musically. So they cop "Louie Louie" whole for their lead cut, and once they've scored that automatic bullseye, the shit just keeps on coming. Wendy James does love-versus-sex and tragedy-of-fame almost as good as Patti now, and with "Dust My Broom" and "Bo Diddley" ahead of her, she should create enduring art for the next two-three years or as long as her attitude holds, whichever comes first. B+