By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
OK, Ten Benson's a dump on us American swine, but the satire's best when less ham-hockedvirtually indistinguishable from the real thing. I mean, if they'd actually known of something as red-blooded as the Hegins Pigeon Shoot, they'd have had better meat to riff on than the jerky "I am the Robot Tourist."
Who Ten Benson want to sound like is NantucketNorth Carolinian hard-rock stooges of confusing image who played the part of cannon fodder on late '70s AC/DC tours. Ten Benson take Nantucket's "What's the Matter With Loving You?" for "Under Heavy Riffage" and smartly drop all the emotion and lousy lyrics in favor of just yelling the title over crashing chords.
Nantucket, while ready to boogie about being "Born in a Honky Tonk," were forbidden by antique major-label etiquette to go on frankly about sucking teen knockers and enjoying Thai ladyboys, subject recognition of which is necessary for max enjoyment of Benson Burner's "Tits." Its shouts of "Cock . . . holiday! Cock . . . holiday!"which I believe to be greatwould rouse the local lynchmen anywhere from Ft. Bragg to Pottsville, ancestral home of Yuengling and John O'Hara.
Ten Benson don't do lead guitar as well as Nantucket, but overcompensate with brassy fuzztone in Consumer Report cliff notes of "I Don't Buy It" and the fine highlands moan of "Oh General." So take your pick: Americans who muff the opportunity of a title like "Girl You Blew a Good Thing," or foreigners with bad hick accents growling, "Mmmmmmm, hot sausage!"