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Two Nice Girls

  • 2 Nice Girls [Rough Trade, 1989] B
  • Like a Version [Rough Trade, 1990] B+
  • Chloe Liked Olivia [Rough Trade, 1991] Choice Cuts

Consumer Guide Reviews:

2 Nice Girls [Rough Trade, 1989]
With Nice Girl number three helping them do the Roches, their hook is "Sweet Jane" with a Joan Armatrading tag, tart and pretty enough to show up the C. Junkies' suicidal tendencies. Ex-Meat Joy Gretchen Phillips's salty attitude permeates the discreetly physical lesbian love song "Goons" and the regretfully rowdy lesbian love anthem "I Spent My Last $10.00 (On Birth Control and Beer)." Laurie Freelove counts Cat Stevens among her influences. B

Like a Version [Rough Trade, 1990]
I'm pleased to report that Karen Carpenter, Kim Gordon, Donna Summer, and--who's this?--Paul Rodgers provide fit company for the rowdy dyke anthem that threatens to swallow every other song they ever write. I'm impressed that I have no idea where the other two covers come from. I'm disappointed that I don't much care. B+

Chloe Liked Olivia [Rough Trade, 1991]
"The Queer Song"; "Princess of Power" Choice Cuts