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DOGS (Buy CDs by this artist)
Different (Fr. Phonogram) 1979
Walking Shadows (Fr. Phonogram) 1980
Too Much Class for the Neighborhood (UK Epic) 1982
Legendary Lovers (Fr. Epic) 1983
Shout (Fr. Epic) 1985

There have been several American bands with the same name; this combo from Normandy, however, is one of the French new wave's minor legends. Their '77 — '78 indie maxi-singles displayed a quartet made of tougher, rawer but more authoritative fiber than more commercially successful Gallic neo-rockers like Bijou and Telephone. As a trio, they chopped out a pair of punchy LPs, the second with more savvy and polish than the first.

Once again a two-guitar quartet, the Dogs cut a third LP with ex-heavy metal engineer Tony Platt producing, and consequently achieved the cutting yet resonant guitar sound they deserve. They're like an amped-up, French-accented, late-'70s Flamin Groovies (see "Death Lane") but not nearly as wimpy, and influenced more by the early Stones (e.g., the "Last Time" chord cops — with Byrds/Leaves vocals — on "Wanderin' Robin"). Following another studio LP, the Dogs issued a ten-song live album, Shout.

[Jim Green]