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Slaughter & The Dogs
A Dog Day Afternoon (TKO Records)

By: Vinnie Apicella

You can't teach an old dog new tricks-- and don't expect any here. The English Punk vets plow through fifteen classics, old and new from their recent and only U.S. tour! An original member of the old "bootboy" guard during the late '70s rise of the UK street scene, S&TD's underground rumblings made quick work of the prep-school Pop and glitter ball gods of the time with ample three chord chaos, heavy hooks and face full of fun that smacked hard with youthful records like "Do It Dog Style" or the slender "Bite Back". TKO's fourth installment of their in your face live series finds the classic Barrett/ Rossi team tearing 'em up at NY's CBGB's and SF's Justice League, two landmark staples of the gutter to glory days of ol' school Punk. Delightfully crude and spaciously sloppy, S&TD cuts loose like a revived band of lost and lonely legends given their final go at turning a profit-- and the "payoff" here is for the lucky fan that either didn't see 'em in the first 2,200 go rounds. Or for those that did and wanna grab a bootleg-quality slab of hedonistic history that begins with the likes of yesterday's "Twist & Turn," "Runaway," "Boston Babies," and the rowdy raise 'em in the air effects of newer cuts like "Blow" and "Saturday Night Till Sunday Morning" before needlessly but nonetheless, picking apart the vintage 'Dolls and Velvet Underground tunes then kicking back 25 years for "Cranked Up Really High" to end things-- loudly. Don't believe me? Just ask the poor RCA mascot on the cover-- finally nailed the little sucker after all these years!
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