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Album Review

Sexual politics is what this Canadian band is about, as its debut makes plain. The roles singer Carole Pope adopts range from "a blonde, cool, scheming bitch" being "stalked by teenaged Brandos in the halls" in the powerhouse "High School Confidential" to a terrified gunpoint victim in "Hostage" to a tigress in "It's a Jungle." Pope's stridency can't obscure the ambition and brutal honesty of the band she dominated with Kevan Staples. It's a promising start, but not for the timid.

Biography

Formed: 1974

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Vocalist Carole Pope and guitarist Kevan Staples formed a folk duo called O in 1968. By 1974, they were known as Rough Trade and had added pianist Sharon Smith, bassist Happy Roderman, and percussionists John Cessine and Marv Kanarek. Before a 1984 break-up, the group recorded Rough Trade Live! (1976), Avoid Freud (1981), For Those Who Think Young...
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