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The Yuppie Pricks
Brokers Banquet (Alternative Tentacles)

By: Jeb Branin

I'm not sure which is better about this CD - the snide and snotty DEAD KENNEDYS inspired punk or the hysterical spoof of the ROLLING STONES Beggar's Banquet. Let's start with the spoof. From the cover art to the inner band photo everything visually on the CD is part of the spoof. Instead of the toilet of Beggar's Banquet this one spoofs the tamer banquet invitation cover. Inside the band recreates a live photo recreation of the painting in the Stone's album.

I love it. Musically the band plays that erratic uber-punk that has an odd precision to it, in spite of the fact it seems to be flailing uncontrollably. The DK comparison is certainly helped by the fact that YUPPIE PRICKS vocalist Trevor Middleton sounds like Jello incarnate. Also, like the DEAD KENNEDYS, they are absolutely scathing in their piercing lyrics.

Obviously the targets of their ire and indignation are yuppies. Seems a bit dated, I know, but they basically recast the SUV generation as yuppies and, if you stop and think, it makes perfect sense.

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