Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

But Where Were Their Gold Chains?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

But Where Were Their Gold Chains?

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THE MR. T EXPERIENCE Cicero's, Tuesday, Feb. 27

UMMMMMM, I pity the fools who missed this show.

If your '80s IQ is over 80, you get that allusion.

The Mr. T Experience, a Berkeley, Calif., band named for a spastic, Mohawk-wearing hero in an old TV show, played 50 minutes of smart and formidable classic punk Tuesday night at Cicero's.

Like the headstrong icon for which the band is named, the music of the Mr. T Experience is intrinsically linked to the early '80s. Via smart, three-chord tunes that are mostly about frustrated love, the band saluted the primacy of the period's raw, unpretentious alternative music.

MTX opened with "Sackcloth & Ashes," a hard-won lesson on the pitfalls of love in the perilous topography of shifting social strata.

Dr. Frank, Joel and Jym are always bumping their heads into glass ceilings looking for happiness with the wrong women.

Or, as the band hilariously pleads in another song, "Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend, So Why Can't I?"

Conscientious of their fan base, 75 percent of which looked a good 10 years younger than the band, MTX repeatedly and adamantly commended its audience for "coming out on a school night. …

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