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Tony Mentzer
Smell My Finger (Crabapple Records)

By: Gary "Pig" Gold

Not since the halcyon daze of that White Album has so much - and so many different kinds - of music co-existed so illogically on one great record: Long songs, short songs, happy songs, anything but happy songs, SMELL MY FINGER is equally at home slapping (hilariously inappropriate, by the way) lyrics over "Wipeout" one minute ("Monster Truck"), then giving the ol' Culture Club treatment to "Cinnamon Girl" and "All Along The Watchtower" the next without ever once skimping a single beat.

Still with me? Then howzabout "Plywood Jesus": a ditty destined to show up some day, some way on some Elvis Rarities comp.-from-hell --not to mention "Smoke," which should be made Required Listening for each and every one of you out there struggling to kick that particular habit.

All told then, this disc contains twenty-five (!!) examples of why the Music Bizness has still got its ears far up its rumps, for in a perfect world, you see, this record would easily be resting for the rest of the year high atop each and every sales chart, dance-mix menu, and radio playlist in the land. Yes, it's THAT GOOD.

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