Picks and Pans Review: Dress for Excess

updated 06/05/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/05/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Sigue Sigue Sputnik

What unmitigated gall for this British band to come out with a second album. These are the same slimey Limeys who burned a lot of people the first time around with the biggest musical hype job since the Village People. Remember how Sigue Sigue (as in zig zig) created a stir out of all proportion to their talents when they popped up in 1985, bragging that they didn't care a whit about music—costumes, hairdos, codpieces and arrogance were all you needed to be rock stars? Anyone who sampled that approach to music won't be back for seconds. But it is imperative to warn off the remaining innocents.

This album's selling point is the single "Success," a dance mugging that is a very minor effort from the lurid Brit production team of Stock Aitken Waterman. The rest of Dress for Excess is padding. Mix big synthesizer-supplemented beats, chuga-chuga guitar, echoing overdubbed vocals, arty little production touches, a grab bag of borrowed riffs and you've got...zip, nada, airball. And because Sigue Sigue's trashy disco rip-off of Mick Jones's loose-limbed Big Audio Dynamite sound is so devoid of feeling or thought, this album comes to less than zero. Who knows, though. Maybe they'll come up with a cool video and have a big hit anyway. Why should total lack of musical ability keep them off the Top 40? (EMI)

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