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X- eens album plays better in the air than on the air
By ED LEITCH
The Fabulous Knobs, The Fabulous Knobs
. . big boys dream, The X-Teens
Two local bands billed as "Moonlight Recording Artists"
have appeared at the Caf s Cradle in recent weeks: The Fab
ulous Knobs and The X-Teens. After attending a Fabulous
Knobs performance, you will want a Fabulous Knobs album.
After hearing an X-Teens album, you will want to avoid their
The Fabulous Knobs' album, appropriately called The Fab
ulous Knobs, is a bit of a disappointment It contains no
more than eight minutes of music per side touted on the back
way back when, The Fabulous Knobs are forging the future
by uncovering our musical past."
Well, that's nice but the Fabulous Knobs' album captures
only about one half the intensity of their live performance.
As any Rolling Stones fan can tell you, in recording studio or
stadium, their music is intense. The Knobs should strive for
the same intensity even to the point of sacrificing the artifi
cial studio-tightness found in their album.
Overall, the album is too careful, too restrained, too cal
culated and too squeaky clean. It leaves you yearning for a
rougher edge. The energy is there alright (somewhere) but
the vocals, that is Debra DeMilo's vocals don't really come
to the front until side two on "Please You No More." Her pro
nounciation of "wants" as in "You got something every girl
wants" is indeed. Fabulous. Too often, however, these tender
moments are lost in the tidiness of her accompaniment.
Furthermore, the drums are consistently too loud; the gui
tars are too clean and the mix of the keyboards varies be
tween too little and too much throughout the album. The
album doesn't come anywhere near to exploiting the Knobs'
full potential. -
The Fabulous Knobs should have a few drinks, loosen up
and record the whole thing over live. But until they do, bu
this album it was only $3.00 the last time I checked. It is
" far from perfect but it represents some of the best local talent
around and even for its flaws, if s a bargain.
The X-Teens' album, . . .big boy's dream, is another story.
This junk is manna from Mars for musical misfits. It is one of
the few albums ever recorded that it actually hurts to listen
to. They should quit wasting plastic on albums like this if only
to keep the price of frisbees down. . Hl
Ed Leitch is a staff writer for The Daily Tar Heel
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