Album review

The Fugs - The Fugs Final CD (Part 1)

Their first new material since 1995's The Real Woodstock Festival, New York's original radicals (the current line-up's been together nearly 20 years) re-emerge with bile overflowing. Not surprising. Their original manifesto—personal freedom, no more war or poverty and lots of fun—has taken a pasting under Dubya. "Go Down, Congress" is startling in its uncovering of connections between Capitol Hill and Bin Laden, while the epic "Perpitude" (FBI tapping of Lennon) and "Government Surveillance Yodel" capture the indignant paranoia of life under Bush Jr. A highly original, enlightening, profane and inspired affair.

Rating: 4 / 10


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