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Girls Against Boys

  • Venus Luxure No. 1 Baby [Touch and Go, 1993] *
  • Cruise Yourself [Touch and Go, 1994] Dud
  • House of GvsB [Touch and Go, 1996] A-
  • Freakonica [DGC, 1998] Neither
  • You Can't Fight What You Can't See [Jade Tree, 2002] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Venus Luxure No. 1 Baby [Touch and Go, 1993]
heeding their mentor, Chicago bon vivant Louis Armstrong, they pass stool midrecord, and does it improve their sex life! ("7 Seas," "Bulletproof Cupid") *

Cruise Yourself [Touch and Go, 1994] Dud

House of GvsB [Touch and Go, 1996]
Usually good bands choose meaningful monikers like Stereolab or Sammy or Rage Against the Machine. But how about Husker Du? The Pixies? Nirvana? Read into those trademarks whatever you want in retrospect, you were drawn to them by the way the attendant guitars etc. did their things. So take the name for the cheap attention-getting device it is. The main difference here is an attraction altogether less instantaneous and surefire--to a sound that's impressive but cold, suggesting the Fall as produced by Al Jourgensen or In Utero at a more primitive level of spiritual development. Of course, once it reveals its human frailty, its pleasures seem deeper as a result. Ain't retrospect grand? A-

Freakonica [DGC, 1998] Neither

You Can't Fight What You Can't See [Jade Tree, 2002]
psyche-pathic brrrs, by which I mean still cold bastards ("Basstation," "Let It Breathe") **