Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Sha Na Na

  • Rock & Roll Is Hear to Stay! [Kama Sutra, 1969] E

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Rock & Roll Is Hear to Stay! [Kama Sutra, 1969]
I am not an ecstatic fan of Sha Na Na's famous live act--I think it is a mistake to parody Elvis Presley, because he's too good, and that mistake throws the whole put-on into question--but at least it is spirited and funny. The record is dull. It is as if Enoch Light had recorded 14 of your favorite all-time rock and roll hits. Sometimes these songs were stupid, but they always had life. What can I say? Not only was Sonny James's version of "Young Love" better than Sha Na Na's--so was Tab Hunter's. E

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Meltdown [1970s]