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Metal Sludge Xtravaganza Summer Tour 2003 

With Faster Pussycat, Pretty Boy Floyd, and others. Monday, June 30, at Pirates Cove

Anyone who's ever caught the metal docudrama Decline of Western Civilization Part II, or a Dio gig, knows how inadvertently self-parodying headbangers can be. But for a genre that gave us leather codpieces and odes to trolls, metalheads are seldom big on having a laugh at their own expense. (For proof, take a look at the mounds of hate mail we get, every time we goof on Manowar's loincloths.)

One place that takes rockers unmercifully to task -- while still giving them respect when it's due -- is the side-splitting website Up and running for five years, the site has become famous for its weekly 20 Questions interviews, where mostly former hair-metallers subject themselves to ball-busting interrogations. (Sample question for rocker Andrew W.K.: "Have you been to a record store that hasn't had your CD in the used bin?") With gossip galore and enough smart-ass wisecracking to suggest The Daily Show turned to 11, Metal Sludge has become the best site of its kind.

Now it's also a road show, headlined by L.A. goth glamsters Faster Pussycat -- one of the few '80s bands to remain somewhat vital, with hook-laden Max Factor rock underlain with punk panache. Also on the bill are the oversexed leather wolves Pretty Boy Floyd and Day-Glo popsters Enuff Z'Nuff, who sound like Cheap Trick on 'roids.

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