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SLOPPY SECONDS (Buy CDs by this artist)
The First Seven Inches EP (Alternative Tentacles) 1987
Destroyed (Toxic Shock) 1989

Playing unassailable melody punk (New York Dolls meet the Ramones, c. 1977), this tight and talented Indianapolis junk-culture quartet has the intelligence to sing "I Don't Wanna Be a Homosexual" (the first track on Destroyed, and not one of those recycled from the four-song EP) without a trace of homophobia and the psychotronic skill to build a catchy surfpunk song out of 1964's Horror of Party Beach. When Sloppy Seconds visit the video store — to borrow dialogue from John Waters' Female Trouble or rue the removal of Traci Lords from the porno shelves — these gulcher hounds really get on to something. However, too many of the songs, despite their sturdy musical merits, are just simple Ramones derivatives ("Janie Is a Nazi," "Time Bomb," "I Want 'Em Dead") and don't offer the same degree of fun.

[Ira Robbins]