CUTE LEPERS, THE: “So Screwed Up” b/w “Cool City”: 45

Jan 23, 2008

Some days it is legitimately hard to give a fuck. And, on other days, you stumble onto the Cute Lepers 45, and God is forgiven, because we are kind and merciful creatures. This Steve E. Nix-enhanced 45 is to the first Briefs’ album what the Eddie & The Hot Rods’ “Do Anything You Wanna Do” 45 was to the “Teenage Depression” album, if “Teenage Depression” was as good as that Briefs’ album, which it isn’t. Well, maybe it is, i’ve always liked that song “On The Run,” and their Who cover was real good too. In any event, this record’s only major flaw is that it is equipped with a small hole, therefore unable to be played on my jukebox. Play it at the wrong speed, however, and you notice the trick: “So Screwed Up” is secretly “Just What I Needed” by the Cars sped up ((and “Just What I Needed” is, in turn, secretly “Yummy Yummy Yummy” by the Ohio Express, both of which actually ARE on my jukebox)). “The girls and guys in bands all sleep late / the suits sit in traffic on the way to get paid.” Hallelujah, bra. BEST SONG: “So Screwed Up” BEST SONG TITLE: “So Screwed Up” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Run off grooves state that “Lepers shouldn’t shake too much.” THE MYSTERY OF “SHAKING” CONTINUES!!!

 –norb (Drunk ‘n’ Roll)

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