Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Dr. Hook: Bankrupt [Capitol, 1975]
It must mean something that the only new rock record I've really enjoyed recently is a joke, but maybe it's only that their sense of humor is improving. Any band that can dress up in glitter and get booed off the stage as its own opening act is obviously delving aesthetic possibilities unknown to ordinary rock and roll hustlers. Which are here represented by the pillheads diptych, "Wups," and "Do Downs," and the dance song, "Levitate": "I want you to raise your right foot . . . Awright, now raise your left foot . . . No no no no no, don't put your right foot back down." B+