Detroit's Clone Defects are, incredibly, one of those trash troupes getting paid. Mitsubishi found something on their latest, Shapes of Venus (In the Red), to use in a recent TV commercial. This is a fluke of mammoth proportions; the Defects' sound is an unholy mash of Tiger Town's '70s punk-forebear riffs and the art-farting of Cleveland's early '70s rust-belt brethren, such as Pere Ubu and Electric Eels. Add lyrics that mostly snarl and spout off about Martians, suburban squares, teenage girls, and other alien life forms, and a live show that dries up bars because the band is hogging all the hooch or the audience is slinging the remaining bottles at the stage, and it would appear that this stuff is as far from TV-commercial-approved as it gets. In other words, it's a bitchin' ball and a half.
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