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CROOKS (Buy CDs by this artist)
Just Released (UK Blueprint) 1980

Following the Jam came an onslaught of mod/pop bands boasting great songs and not a shred of individual character. The Crooks, in fact, were a significantly superior outfit with better songs, less derivative stylization and more overall inventiveness than their skinny-tie competitors. A shame really — if there hadn't been such a glut, the Crooks would have stood out and might have been noticed.

[Ira Robbins]