Picks and Pans Review: Figure 14
Obtuse, quirky, nihilistic and sardonic, this LP is New Wave at its best and worst, which may be the same thing. It contains, for example, a punk-style elementary reading primer called—what else?—Dick and Jane, plus a macabre tune, Dolls, about a menacing visit from life-endowed dolls. The cruelest cut is a mock paean to Jackie Onassis, containing such frightfully tasteless lyrics as: "First the world will call me Bouvier—hey!/Then I'll change my name to Jackie K./After my date with tragedy/I'll let Aristotle take care of me." The seven-piece, Boston-based coed band has lots of refreshing musical ideas and plays in a style reminiscent of the Talking Heads. Its name, of course, has nothing to do with Masters and Johnson.