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As the album cover and the unsubtle lyrics make plain, the weapons in the title track are, as Carole Pope sings, "my lips, my breasts, my body." Don't think for an instant, though, that this Canadian band is making some cheap sexual innuendoes. Everything is for a dead-serious purpose, in this case to illustrate dysfunctional inter-gender relations. The band is uncharacteristically upbeat about a personal relationship in "Lifeline." Nona Hendryx sings on a couple of songs. The album ends with a sarcastic look backward with a combination "Revolution 9"/"A Day in the Life" crescendo that mocks the "Paisley Generation." [The 2007 True North edition was remastered.]


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 (1982),...
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