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MERTON PARKAS (Buy CDs by this artist)
Face in the Crowd (UK Beggars Banquet) 1979
The Singles EP (UK Beggars Banquet) 1983

If the Merton Parkas had called their LP Just Another Face in the Neo-Mod Crowd, no review of it would be needed. This utterly unmemorable group had nondescript vocals, tame playing (guitar and piano so polite as to be biteless even at high volume) and dull songs (a cover of "Tears of a Clown" not excepted). They do deserve two points for the name, a pun combining the band's London neighborhood and the essential outer garment of Mod garb. Ha, ha. The group finally earned posthumous notoriety when keyboardist Mick Talbot became Paul Weller's partner in the Style Council.

[Jim Green]
   See also Dexy's Midnight Runners