Just like Howard Stern says, it’s tough being funny every time out, but at least they’re in there pitching, hurling sophomoric knuckleballs at every freshman in sight. Though they’ve picked up some sarcasm at the feet of Camper Van, pop gothic remains their thing, from the ’60s to Graceland to exploitation flicks to Anglodisco “art fags,” an epithet Mark Knopfler will find hilarious all the way to the bank.

December 1, 1987
Robert Christgau

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