Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Del Fuegos

  • The Longest Day [Slash, 1984] B
  • Boston, Mass. [Slash, 1985] B-
  • Smoking in the Fields [RCA Victor, 1989] C+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

The Longest Day [Slash, 1984]
You want unpretentious? Will these boys give you unpretentious! And their debut album has more good songs on it than The Best of the Standells! B

Boston, Mass. [Slash, 1985]
This is the story of Dan Zanes--his passion, his pain, his steadfast refusal to hire a synth player. Its real location is Anywhere, U.S.A. "I Still Want You" would make some garage band a nice slow one. B-

Smoking in the Fields [RCA Victor, 1989]
Bless my stars if it isn't clubland nostalgia--these gumsuckers have hung in long enough to pose as avatars of a great tradition that never was. "I've got the strangest feeling we can do it again," they announce, alluding to the halcyon days when real men danced to the Real Kids. Will teenaged radio programmers fall for it? If not, there's always the romantic "I'm Inside You." C+