STIV BATORS - L.A. L.A.

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The second of Stiv Bators' power pop albums. Band leader was Frank Secich of Blue Ash!

"4 stars. If you're expecting the music on Stiv Bators' compilation L.A., L.A. to sound similar to his previous band (the Dead Boys), you'll probably be disappointed. That's not to say that the material isn't worthwhile. Upon the Dead Boys' breakup in 1979, Stiv regrouped in Los Angeles, and embarked on a solo career that was rooted in 60's pop (as evidenced by his very mod-looking back-up band on the album cover). An assortment of alternate versions, unreleased demos, jam sessions, and edited 'single' versions of popular tracks that span 1979-1987, the album does a good job of tying up the loose ends of Bators' solo career. Highlights include the autobiographical "The Last Year" (which chronicles the Dead Boys' demise), several obscure covers from the '60s ("It's Cold Outside," "I Stand Accused," etc.), and the power-poppish "Circumstantial Evidence." Although not all the material hits the mark (such as the title track, which is a silly rewrite of "Louie Louie"), L.A., L.A. provides much insight into the unpredictable world of Stiv Bators. Also included is a CD booklet which details track info, pictures, and recollections from friends of Bators."- AMG