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Clinic: Internal Wrangler (Domino)

Barney Hoskyns, CDNOW.com, 2000

THE SGT. PEPPER outfits are one thing – like the Beatles, Clinic hail from Liverpool – but the surgical masks are something else again. (According to frontman Ade Blackburn, they were inspired by San Francisco's legendary Residents, who performed wearing giant-eyeball masks.) Then there's the music.

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