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  • Mental Decay [Wasp, 1982] B

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Mental Decay [Wasp, 1982]
So many indie LPs are as useless as the slimiest megacorp product that this near-miss from D.C. is worth remembering. Diana Quinn's fey feminism and David Wells's broken buzzsaw ride the flat garage rhythms as far as they'll go, which means their half-absurdist ditties work best when they're purely satirical. "Up in the Air" is the funniest (and archest) anti-Reagan song to date and "Washington" hits suburbia where it lives (for once). B