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SUBURBAN LAWNS (Buy CDs by this artist)
Suburban Lawns (IRS) 1981
Baby EP (IRS) 1983
Salon de Musique (Adversity) 1982

This eccentric California quintet made a minor splash in 1979 with an independent single, "Gidget Goes to Hell," a spirited, twisted variation on the '60s Gidget movies. But the group's jittery industrial pop comes off highly ordinary on Suburban Lawns, a sub-Devo mesh of hiccupping vocals, angular tunes with tiresome stop-start rhythms and a high, weedy guitar/organ sound.

Reduced to the quartet of Su Tissue, Frankie Ennui, Chuck Roast and a bizarrely named bassist, the Lawns returned with a much better outlook on Baby. Richard Mazda produced the five songs, including the alluring "Flavor Crystals" and a batch of muscular syncopated dance creations that evade rhythmic pursuit.

Following the group's dissolution, Tissue recorded a solo album of piano and voice and played a small but memorably mousey part, as Peggy Dillman, in the movie Something Wild.

[David Fricke/Ira Robbins]