All Dolled Up

A rant on the New York Dolls latest, plus raves on new video games

On the PlayStation 2, I'm playing Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. This game blows all the others away. It's for kids and adults, and the explosions are enough to make your dog hide under the couch and your live-in lover want to move out. Get it, now.

Got the CD from The Makkabees, who outdo the Jew shtick better than I ever could. They take the "old" classics and make 'em punk rock! And by classics, I mean the Jewish classics. Actually, I'm not sure if they make 'em punk rock or metal. It all sounds so good, I can't tell. But what I can tell you is this is quite a mind trip. I'd love to see The Makkabees play the Valley with Jewdriver. The skinhead kids would love it.

Finally, there's the new Action Swingers CD, called Enough Already -- Live!, on Reptilian Records. It's a recording of the band's last show at The Continental in New York City. For those of you who never heard this classic punk outfit, think Dwarves meets Ramones. With some Dead Boys thrown in. And how does that sound? Like the best record I've heard in years next to the new Dwarves one I described last week. Ned Hayden, the lead singer of the band and my pal, spits out tunes like "Glad to Be Gone," "How Do You Work This Thing," and "I'm Sick." The guitars hit you like a brick wall, and Ned's voice is so cool and unique, I stole it for Furious George. In fact, I stole Ned's whole shtick for Furious George. Sorry, Ned, but you know what they say: "Imitation is the sincerest way of ripping off your friends."

E-mail george.tabb@newtimes.com

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