Consumer Guide Album
Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids: There's No Face Like Chrome [Epic, 1974]
Unlike Sha Na Na, who are forced to rediscover how great oldies are every time they write an original, this isn't strictly a copy band, and on their follow-up album they prove it. Despite their unnecessarily stupid appearance, duh guys do not revert to the '50s solely for hard grit and axle grease, either, focusing instead on the sweet and funny part of pre-Beatles rock and roll. Tunes like "Dancin' (on a Saturday Night)" and "Standin' on the Corner" are impressive exercises. But only "First Girl" has a shot at entering the after-the-manner-of-Leiber-&-Stoller canon, and they didn't write it. Also, Jerry Leiber produced it, which must have helped quite a bit.