Arty German electro-rock scenesters deliver third LP

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Chicks On Speed – 99 Cents

Sometimes it’s best to ignore the politico-art agenda and just crank up the volume. Berlin uber-hipsters Chicks On Speed first launched themselves as a ‘fake band’ at the Munich Art Academy in 1997, but are now clearly in it for real, as their third album attests. Guests Peaches (on “We Don’t Play Guitars”), android-voiced rapper Miss Kittin (“Shick Shaving”) and erstwhile Tom Tom Clubber Tina Weymouth (on a cover of their epochal “Wordy Rapping Hood”) join the electro-rock party, which is most engaging on the krautrocking “Shooting From The Hip” and the disco-driven title track. “Sell-Out” and “Culture Vulture”, however, sag under the weight of self-awareness, indicating that Chicks On Speed are best when playing it superficial rather than serious.