Music Review: “Head on the Curve” by James Williamson


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“Head on the Curve”

From James Williamson‘s Re-Licked

LEOPARD LADY

Liner notes: Jello Biafra (of Dead Kennedys infamy) makes like a wildman, whooping and snarling as he attacks “motherfuckers trying to run this world,” with scorching guitars and pumping piano providing tactical support.

Behind the music: Re-Licked features new takes on songs Stooges guitarist Williamson wrote and demoed with Iggy Pop in the ’70s before the band imploded. Other singers include Ariel Pink, Mark Lanegan and Alison Mosshart, but not Iggy.

Check it out if you like: Pioneering renegades (MC5, Ramones, New York Dolls).

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