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New Albums: Best at the Theft — Suicide Outclasses Blondie

Howard Wuelfing, Unicorn Times, March 1978

AMONG OUTSIDERS, the paramount issues of the punk/new wave movement revolve around stuff like clothing styles, politics, and the effect of massive success on a body of performers whose bases are clearly in the cult of the anti-star. Actual initiates, though, subscribe to an entirely different set of conundrums. Their chief worries concern things like sincerity, authenticity, and integrity. The chief curse of the full-fledged punker is "poseur" — one whose motives, methods, or resources clash with the established (such as it is) punk ethic/aesthetic.

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