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The Pursuit of Happiness

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One gray, cheerless morning it came time for me to check out the new Pursuit of Happiness LP, Love Junk. At first it sounded exactly like the kind of 1970s mainstream hard rock that once served as sound track to my adolescent life: tough, tight, edgy riffs blasting with impeccable Todd Rundgren-produced sonic force out of both of my crappy stereo speakers. I stood there feeling suddenly young and pumped again, wondering whether I should torch up a joint to finish the tableau. But then I noticed the words, a different dimension entirely: 'I'm looking for someone with a voice that's true / I'm gonna be nice to her, maybe she'll be nice too." Moe Berg, front man songwriter of this Toronto-based quintet, really sounds too subtle and sensitive to be wearing a leather jacket. And even when he yells, "I wanna kiss her lips / I wanna see her tits," you suddenly recognize this as precisely the way nice guys talk in private. You know--the kind of frustrated nice guys who sleep alone most of the time because they're so shy, and who have lots of female friends who, among themselves, talk the same way about guys. Saturday, 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage; 929-5959.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Chuck Emery.

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