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Singles are the jawbones of rock & roll: Indicative of the band, but only partially - and they make fine fossils for later discovery. Looking most like artifacts are a couple of Inhalants 45s that could preserve the Austin band for posterity if news of their demise is true. A rough-hewn Unclean 7-inch, knocks out two songs in under four minutes, bitch-slapping you good in the process. Their "Shrunken Head" from a blue-vinyl split (w/ Stretford) on La Petit Morte is no less rude, but rather half-assed. Carl Normal and the boys deliver a much la-la lovelier pop song, "Digital Clock," on the flip, which you'll remember as the opener on their Crossing the Line CD. Lovely pop is also what Rex Daisy deliver on their new Ginger Records 45 "Brand New Friends" b/w "Walls Scream." We're still waiting on this Minneapolis trio's Geffen debut with this single begging the question why? Get it out already. A pop writer from way back is Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen who gets the treatment at the hands of S.F.'s Steel Pole Bathtub on a red-vinyl Man's Ruin single that romps blissfully through "Auf Weidersehen" and "Surrender." Good one. Another good cover is what you can expect out of the Toadies on a Grass records split as they staccato-gallop through David Byrne's "Not in Love" while another Dallas band, Slowpoke, kick out their own sturdy tune. Austin's Oldove Gorge can be found at Sound Exchange. - Raoul Hernandez

"7 and 7 is" reviews local and national 7" singles. Send to: "7 and 7 is," The Austin Chronicle, PO Box 49066, Austin, TX 78765.

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