LAURICE: Bad Boy: LP

Latest album by a long-careered Welsh musician whose early efforts allegedly signaled punk some three years before the Sex Pistols were Swankers. This latest salvo is largely comprised of lo-fi punky-wavy dance jams that, when they hit, are a spot-on blend of humor and social commentary and, when they miss, sound like the tunes from old ’80s teen flick soundtracks you either skip over or leave on as background music. The latter tunes are far outweighed by the former, though, and the hint at kitsch throughout make this worth more than a few spins. –Jimmy Alvarado (Almost Ready)