Dead Boys “We Have Come For Your Children”

A lot tighter and a little slicker than their first record, but just as good, except for a few terrible songs like “Son of Sam.” I always thought of this as an inferior record, due to what I called the “Red and Black Syndrome” that so many bands were afflicted with– red and black color scheme– art direction, styled hair, and makeup– look at their hair on the cover– it’s insane! But listening to this record now is kind of a surprise– it sounds a lot better than I remembered.

Like the last album, my favorite song on this one is written by Jimmy Zero– the really poppy “I Won’t Look Back.” Maybe he was the Dead Boys’ secret weapon. But it shouldn’t be a surprise that they are really a better power pop band than a scary punk band, since Stiv Bators went on to sing in Lords of the New Church, who I didn’t really like at the time, but that song “Russian Roulette” is a pretty great pop song, and he’s an excellent pop singer (as well as being a legendary maniac, and, supposedly, the guy in the Stooge’s audience who gave Iggy the jar of peanut butter).

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