Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Angst

  • Angst [Happy Squid EP, 1983] B
  • Lite Life [SST, 1985] B

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Angst [Happy Squid EP, 1983]
No, not San Francisco's answer to Bauhaus--just forthrightly country-tinged postpunk songs about astronauts, kicking heroin, sucking the president's cock, and other sensible subjects. B

Lite Life [SST, 1985]
These three guys are smart enough to know they have a problem--they can't sing. They're also smart enough not to let that stop them. After declining the Most Inappropriate Cowpunk Band Name Lariat Twirl and qualifying for the Eklekticism Rools Speed Trials, they enter the Music Machine Memorial Songwriting Contest and do all right--you'd swear "Just to Please You" (or was it "Never Going to Apologize"?) was the track that caught you humming on Pebbles VI. B