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Michael, I respect your opinions, but before you completely write them off I would suggest getting your hands on the compilation cd and listening to it a few times.  I find their studio work to be interesting and eclectic and very solid pop.  Of course, some bands just don't do it for a person and I understand that.  Let's just say when I first heard the Mumps it left me indifferent but after a few listens I could really dig what they were trying to do.  I believe that several of their songs (eg, I Like to be Clean, Crocodile Tears, Anyone But You) are minor classics from that period.  Take care.  >>> "michael@recordsnyc.com" 08/18/00 01:25PM >>>
    > > Here is a great band from the classic CBGB period that I have been listening
> to a lot lately.  It's funny that no one ever talks about them on this site.
> Apparently, members of TV were fans and attended shows as did most of the
> who's whos of the day.  Here is a link to their compilation cd with real audio
> samples.  I believe this cd is also available directly from the label,
> Eggbert, which has a web site.  Did anyone out there ever see this band?  the
> live shows were supposed to be really good.
>     I was in attendance of two of the Mumps shows but not by choice. I saw
them open-both times at CBGB's- for John Cale in December '76 and for
Blondie in the spring of '77. Both times I could not wait for them to finish
their set. I found them to be over the top pretentious with the bassist
taking a box of cereal and throwing out handfuls of Corn Flakes into the
audience. Lance Loud was comical and witty but couldn't sing to save his
life. I did buy their first single to see if they were any better in the
studio and found it to be worth a listen or two. Overall, not worth the 40
minutes waiting for Cale or Blondie. During Cale's 3 day stint at CB's he
also had the Fans from Georgia opening who I thought were really good as
well as Chris Butler's Tin Huey who I also liked. So my dislike for the
Mumps was not my  anticipation of my first Cale shows, I just didn't like
them. Sorry! M T C

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