RIK AND THE PIGS: “Don’t Tell on Me” b/w “Gimme Mick”: 7”

It’s been a while since I checked in on Rik And The Pigs. The only record I had of theirs before buying this here platter is their first 7” on Total Punk. Something changed in Pig-land since then. They’ve gone from having an off-kilter Lumpy Records feel to a more rocking, glam-ish stomp. It works for the Pigs, especially live. Rik’s jaundiced humor and world view are still present, but the Pigs’ musicianship has improved. “Gimme Mick” is my fave of the two offered here, with a half-assed (in the best way) Some Girls-era Stones shuffle, paying homage to and taking the piss out of everyone’s second favorite rock’n’roll chicken walker (your first favorite is Hasil Adkins, in case you forgot). –Sal Lucci (Total Punk, floridasdying.com)