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Charlie Burton and the Cut-Outs

  • Is That Charlie Burton or What?!?! [Wild, 1982] B+

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Is That Charlie Burton or What?!?! [Wild, 1982]
Burton's only competition among nouveau rockabilly composers is the Blasters' Dave Alvin, and like almost anyone with a knack for song form in 1982 he's flexible. In fact, his only remaining link to pure rockabilly is a fondness for novelty numbers like the factual "Rabies Shots" and the utterly heretical "Breathe for Me, Presley!," and in the end his sense of humor is his limitation. In rock and roll of any kind you have to sing better than Robert Klein. B+