Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Love of Life Orchestra

  • Extended Niceties [Infidelity EP, 1980] B
  • Geneva [Infidelity, 1980] C+

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Extended Niceties [Infidelity EP, 1980]
Concertmeister Peter Gordon doesn't deploy Arto Lindsay's untuned guitar as wickedly as lizard-leader John Lurie does, but how can you not love the way he punctuates and punctures the girlies crooning "Don't, don't please don't leave me" to close things off? It's enough to make you believe Gordon's otherwise unsung rock parody is funny. B

Geneva [Infidelity, 1980]
With David Byrne and Arto Lindsay replaced by the Soho equivalent of studio musicians, Peter Gordon turns to self-consciously chickenshit disco/soundtrack mewzick, kitsch he posits as punk and/or no wave and/or minimalism's next convolution. No no no, "posits" is wrong, bring that back to "parodies." How about "exploits"? Whatever, the important thing is that their friends think it's cool and people they meet at parties don't. Think about it. Don't listen, just think about it. C+