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MARQUEE MOON (Buy CDs by this artist)
Strangers in the Monkey Biz (Ger. Diadem) 1986

One of Berlin's top bands, Marquee Moon may once have sounded like Television, from whose classic song they took their name, but they bear no such resemblance now. They're like Anglo-pop with a posey lead singer and a dash of Dead Boys malevolence (or maybe, as on "Marionette," the guitar-era Cure meets Love It to Death-era Alice Cooper). The production, by Jimmi Quidd of New York's Dots, gives them plenty of snap, crackle and pop; after the catchy opening track ("Here Today and Gone Tomorrow"), though, the songs are enjoyable but less than gripping.

[Terry Rompers]