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  • Only a Lad [A&M, 1981] C

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Only a Lad [A&M, 1981]
Ahh, El Lay. With hysterically catchy vocals and spoiled overarrangements shoring up Ayn Rand-style lyrics that glorify the "Nasty Habits" they pretend to satirize, these guys combine the worst of Sparks with the worst of the Circle Jerks. Inspirational Verse: "You don't believe what you write." Would it were true. C