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Stiv Bators
Disconnected: 25th Anniversary Edition

Disconnected was made between the time Stiv Bators stepped out from The Dead Boys and into The Lords Of The New Church, eventually stepping into traffic on a Paris street. Even for those times when shock was easier to come by, the songs are surprisingly mild. But following the fierce Dead Boys, these tunes are practically as dangerous as Tom Petty. Appropriately, once he drops the loud snotty method, Bators and Petty are interchangeable. Sure, songs like "Evil Boy" and suggestive lyrics conjure up a certain image. But while "The Last Year" threatens "This is the last year of my life/gone and used up all the fun/and the alternative is none," it's an unmistakable copy of The Fortunes' 60's hit "You've Got Your Troubles" complete with joyful Chad & Jeremy harmonies. For those who haven't been paying attention, Bators pops in a nice - if overly faithful - cover of The Electric Prunes' "Too Much Too Dream Last Night." Of the unreleased tracks, only the Byrds-like "I Wanna Forget You (Just The Way You Are)" bears inclusion. The racially insensitive prank phone call "Junebug Skillet" is offensive even to those of us who find political correctness distasteful. Mostly for completists, or pre-Dylan Tom Petty fans.

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track List:

1. Evil Boy
2. Bad Luck Charm
3. Million Miles Away, A
4. Make Up Your Mind
5. Swingin' A Go-Go
6. Too Much To Dream
7. Ready Any Time
8. Last Year, The
9. I Wanna Forget You (Just The Way You Are)
10. Evil Boy - (alternate take)
11. Swingin' A Go-Go - (alternate take)
12. Crime In The Streets
13. Little Girl
14. Junebug Skillet (Barbecued Yardbird)

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