Dust off your Chelsey boots and pinstriped stovepipes,
it looks like another garage band revival. The Lips opt for
a sleazy non-psychedelic, non-mod blues sound. They donít
aspire to be the Nashville Teens or The Who,
it seems they acquired their name from the Stones logo.
The trash theyíre talking about seeps from the drums, guitars,
vocals and especially the lyrics. Be forewarned, if you are
offended by crass lyrics, this is not the music for you, move
on to the next review. The songs are about fun, drugs, and
sex and sex and sex and sex.
A guitar riff stolen from Cornershopís
"Brimful of Asha," and Stones "hoo, hoo"
backups by way of Urge Overkill, start "Young
Girl Tease." I trust the juvenile references to cherry
pie in pantyhose arenít a Warrant tribute. Here are
a few terms you donít here often enough in music, "My
good friend known as Jism Jim, tried to tried to nuzzle down
on your coozy quim." The cymbals rattle like loose
lids. I was expecting more fuzz. Singer Shane White is sounding
a little like Jim Carroll on "Jones St Boneyard."
An intentionally misfiring guitar chug to the line, "Older
is bolder, I threw her over my shoulder and proceeded to have
my fun." Think the woman on the cover as Brown Sugar.
OK, canít deny the NY Dolls feel on tracks like "Lipstick
Heart" with its nasty bass line, and snide guitar. And
then, "I Need More": "She was starting
to claw, I was getting raw."
"Borrowed Time" sounds like a borrowed
line from the MTV clips. Adequate, but forgettable 3-chord
stuff. A plodding piano and T-Rex roll into "Tumble
With Me," a slowed-down solid cut that Mick would feel
natural singing, "Wake up little Susie. Stop picking
your nose. Cut out that high-heel pose."
Just a touch of Ramones hits "Baby
Talk" and "With You." I can make out
some Tell-Tale Hearts/Miracle Workers on "With
You." As a package, itís a lot of fun, especially
if youíre planning to have a lot of frat boys or junkies over.
Donít let the kiddies dance to it though.
- Young Girl Tease
- Jones St. Boneyard
- I Need More
- Borrowed Time
- Your Lies
- Tumble With Me
- On My Way
- Lipstick Heart
- Baby Talk
- With You
- Not Enough
- Letís Go