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DOCTORS' MOB (Buy CDs by this artist)
Headache Machine (Wrestler) 1985
Sophomore Slump (Relativity) 1987

Headache Machine, the debut album by this gutsy power pop quartet from Austin, Texas, shows abundant promise with melodies, roughly ringing guitars, electricity and a certain nascent stylistic flair. But Sophomore Slump, produced to order by Tommy Erdelyi, is definitely the record to get by these guys. Singer/guitarist Steve Collier's writing shows marked improvement; the band rushes at his songs with youthful eagerness and the self-confidence of seasoned roadhogs. Crossing an attractive Athens influence, a hint of folk and a dusty Southwestern truth those California cowboys would dearly love to borrow, Doctors' Mob get onto something good.

[Ira Robbins]