Molten Wax

This stylistic punk vs. pretension war played itself out as early as the group's first single -- with pretension winning out. "You Don't Remember" was relegated to the Bside, while the precious "Clean Old Man" got the local push, and it's the sort of sociological drivel people usually blame dangling conversationalist Paul Simon or "Eleanor Rigby" for. And anyway, who can be sure that an old man who "walks with his hands tight in his pockets" isn't shootin' dirty pool?

There are still enough good tracks to make this Sundazed reissue worthy of investigation, and the classical music rip-offs and drippy prose like "back to the gate of crystal dreams" are good for the occasional chuckle. But I'll tell you one thing -- if a band blew into town today with a bio that read "we are trapped in a cage of civilized living" and "with these vibrations we hope to break down the bars to communication which line our cages," I'd go to see them in a heartbeat. But I'd be tempted to bring ripened produce as well. -- Serene Dominic

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