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Album Review

The best Celibate Rifles recording? Yes, but only on the days it's not Roman Beach Party, or maybe Mina Mina Mina. Along with being the only album in Australian rock history to contain two songs about the troubles in Northern Ireland ("Sean O'Farrell" and "Belfast"), Blind Ear continues the Rifles' maturation process from snarling young punks to snarling adult punks. Sounding at times like the Stones (and that's meant as a compliment), the Rifles — now nearly a decade into their career — were recording some of their best songs. For proof, listen to the two aforementioned songs, along with their critique of yuppiedom ("Wonderful Life") and the closing track, "O Salvation." Another record that should have been huge.

Biography

Formed: 1982

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

Playing stripped-down, loud, and fast Ramones-inspired guitar rock, the Celibate Rifles were one of the earliest Australian punk bands to emerge during the post-Radio Birdman/Saints era. Taking their cues from these Aussie bands, along with the American hard rock of the Stooges, MC5, and Blue Oyster Cult, the Rifles were led by the twin-guitar attack of Kent Steedman and Dave Morris and the deadpan baritone of vocalist Damien Lovelock. They exploded out of the gates in...
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