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Transvision Vamp

  • Pop Art [Uni, 1988] B
  • Velveteen [Uni, 1989] B+
  • Little Magnets Versus the Bubble of Babble [MCA, 1991] Choice Cuts

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Pop Art [Uni, 1988]
By Sigue Sigue Sputnik out of Blondie and T. Rex, and some suspect them of being--oh, the shame of it--posers; G. Cosloy claims they are as McDonald's is to a home-cooked meal. Which is what they get for wearing their inauthenticity on their sleeves in a rock and roll nation riven by identity crisis. My complaint is their inadequate command of trash--better riffs are available for hijacking. As things stand, their Holly and the Italians cover cuts not only "Revolution Baby" but "Andy Warhol's Dead." B

Velveteen [Uni, 1989]
Unlike the Sex Pistols, whom they resemble in so many ways, these cheesy media sluts want to Grow Musically. So they cop "Louie Louie" whole for their lead cut, and once they've scored that automatic bullseye, the shit just keeps on coming. Wendy James does love-versus-sex and tragedy-of-fame almost as good as Patti now, and with "Dust My Broom" and "Bo Diddley" ahead of her, she should create enduring art for the next two-three years or as long as her attitude holds, whichever comes first. B+

Little Magnets Versus the Bubble of Babble [MCA, 1991]
"Down on My Knees Again" Choice Cuts