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TOM DICKIE AND THE DESIRES (Buy CDs by this artist)
Competition (Mercury) 1981
The Eleventh Hour (Mercury) 1982

If Elvis Costello, Graham Parker and Joe Jackson hadn't gotten there first, there might have been a place of importance in the music world for Master Dickie, who was previously in the first-wave Boston indie band Susan. While he doesn't imitate any of those gents, he does strive for a similarly intense persona via hard-hitting, lyrical material. Unfortunately, Dickie and his Desires offer more flash than substance, making these listenable albums the musical equivalents of jokes without punchlines.

[Jon Young]