Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Mars

  • The Mars EP [Infidelity EP, 1980] C+

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The Mars EP [Infidelity EP, 1980]
Major-label flunky that he was, Eno sold them out--one of their No New York tunes could be "I Wanna Be Your Dog" told by an imbecile, signifying nothing. Arto Lindsay is more steadfast--at this Christmas 1978 session he reveals his eternal CBGB billmates as the skronk nightmare of DNA's dreams. The voices are mixed-back exclamations and yowls. The guitars are all sludge, bang, and buzz--no chords, no timing, no articulation, maybe an upsurge occasionally. The drummer's job is to destroy any rudiment of a beat. Noise won't get much purer than this--I don't think. C+