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  • Social Intercourse [Elektra, 1988] B

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Social Intercourse [Elektra, 1988]
Idealism in the young is always to be encouraged, which is why I can't resist a band so straightforward about its values: "Not for the money/Not for the fame/We do it . . ."--for the love of rock and roll, right, Unca Bob? sorry, Tipper, not this time--". . . TO GET LAID!" So it grieves me to report that only rarely do Bart Lewis's glam-metal riffs live up to such Sally Cato lines as "You play the fool and I play the tart" or "It's a filthy lie but someone's gotta live it." Not even the cock-rock riposte "Lick It into Shape" is hard enough. Get down, guys, or your hot mama's gonna go bye-bye. B