Picks and Pans Review: Citizen Wayne

updated 08/11/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/11/1997 01:00AM

Wayne Kramer

So it turns out the revolution will be televised—on Comedy Central, not CNN—to judge by this new, solo release by one of the '60s' premier radical rockers. A founder of the influential MC5, one of punk's most political bands, Kramer still has big issues on his mind: Marxist revolution, CIA corruption, the '68 Democratic Convention. The music is equally heavy, with Kramer's guitar still spitting out one power chord after another. Thanks to a healthy dose of humor supplied largely by occasional cowriter (and producer) David Was, Citizen Wayne never takes itself too seriously. Their collaborations become the rock equivalent of a Doonesbury comic in "Revolution in Apt. 29," where the "hot-to-Trotskyites" plan a revolution over chilled wine, chips and pesto. This CD is a riot, in both senses of the word. (Epitaph)

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