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AFRAID OF MICE (Buy CDs by this artist)
Afraid of Mice (UK Charisma) 1982

This Liverpool quartet's sole LP is humorless Bowiesque dance-rock, produced by former Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti. Leader Philip Franz Jones, who wrote all but one of the songs, performs on sax, flute and keyboards in addition to providing mannered lead vocals. For all his versatility, Jones' songs are not particularly memorable; the dour, solipsistic views of life and romance he expresses, while fashionable, seem petty and witless. Sophomoric boredom.

[Dave Schulps]