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SENDERS (Buy CDs by this artist)
Seven Song Super Single (Max's Kansas City) 1980
Do the Sender Thing (Midnight) 1989
BACKBONES
The Backbones (Midnight) 1986

Although the '70s Senders never broke out of the New York club circuit, the unreconstructed rock'n'roll quartet left behind the Seven Song Super Single as a delightful, all too brief, memento. The rambunctious blend of originals and oldies (Little Richard, Howlin' Wolf et al.) disproves the conventional wisdom that classicism has to be stuffy; the energy level here matches that of the Ramones in their prime. Bands will continue in R&B and rockabilly no matter what the wave, but few will match the verve of the Senders.

In the mid-'80s, Senders singer Philippe Marcade led the Backbones, using a saxophone player to spice up rough'n'ready soul covers (Ike Turner, Chips Moman, Jerry Ragovoy) and exciting '60s-styled rock originals on the powerpacked album, which captures the music's feel as well as its sound.

A few years later, the Senders — three old members plus a new bassist — reconvened. Recorded live at CBGB in August 1988, Do the Sender Thing is a tight, driving rock'n'roll/blues record (kudos to guitarist Wild Bill Thompson) in the Dr. Feelgood/Little Bob Story vein. Only problem: the performances are much hotter than the sound.

[Jon Young/Ira Robbins]