By Tim Stegall
July 14, 1997:
Anyone who grew up in South Texas when hurricane Celia came blowing through knows
that in the temperamental lady's wake, products ranging from chain-link fencing to
building bricks were advertised as being "Celia-tested." The guitar amp
manufacturer who is clever enough to build a product he can truthfully bill as being
"Shattuck-proof" is gonna have a gold mine on his hands.
More pleasing is the band's current Happy Birthday To Me album, which will surprise no one who wasn't already tapped into the band's trademark blend of Ramones/Zeros melodipunk aggression and British Invasion pop smarts. No new ground is really broken, but the Muffs have refined what the Muffs do to a fine art, and Happy Birthday... may be the best of the band's three albums.
"You think so?" Shattuck wonders aloud. "... Oh, shit! My cat just peed all over my beanbag chair! I've gotta go!"
Let's just hope Tabby hasn't whizzed all over your new amp, Kim. 'Course, if it can withstand that, it really is a "Wizzard!" -- Tim Stegall
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