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Manilow - Cease and Desist

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Manilow is surely an ironic name for this London rock band. Vocalist Dean Moston is far closer to Johnny Rotten than crooner Barry, that's for sure.

Its four-song EP may remind you of early Sex Pistols. Nothing is more Pistols-like than the roaring guitars of "Missing," which features Moston getting all angry and taunting, much like Rotten during his early heyday. "Law Here," on the other hand, sounds a little like Johnny Lydon's post-Pistols act, PiL, as it has a relatively meandering groove, rather than the straight up, simplistic punk associated with Sex Pistols. "Control Issue" returns more to a gutter punk sound, which comes off a little like early California punk, in fact. "Vitamins" is different from all the rest, as it starts off with siren-like guitar lines that begin slowly, but eventually ramp up. It has a fairly quiet vocal - at least in comparison to what comes before it.

For anyone that remembers the first growls of late 70s punk, Manilow's Cease and Desist is one big breath of fresh air. Breathe it in deeply, friends.

Manilow - Cease and Desist
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