Mutants Fun Terminal LP

A good pop album that could have been a great pop album. The songs still have a thousand hummable hooks and the background vocals are as coy as ever, but what the fuck happened to the heavy dual guitars that feature so prominently in the MUTANTS’ live shows? Unfortunately, they’ve been almost obliterated in a mix which overemphasizes Fritz’s weird voice. The same “wimpifying” technique turned the GO-GO’S into stars, but I wish someone would make a bootleg out of the MUTANTS’ earlier demo tape to provide a contrast and illustrate their real potential.