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  • Better Late Than Never [ROIR, 1989] B-

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Better Late Than Never [ROIR, 1989]
With Pat Place slash-sliding away and Cynthia Sley OK to be in the same room with, the postliberated axe-women of Emma Goldman's (Zelda Fitzgerald's?) version of the Contortions were an up on chutzpah alone. A pioneering rhythm-and-paranoia band, their "Too Many Creeps"/"Snakes Crawl"/"You Taste Like the Tropics" summed up the Lower East Side circa 1980. But in their quest for that tropical flavor, the authors of "You Can't Be Funky" showed their true chops. Af fifteen songs this is virtually their entire studio output. Wound too tight, it soon wears thin. B-