Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
England's Stiff Records has revived the road show/cavalcade concept by bundling five of its acts together and shipping them all over the world. Exposure is the game and Sunday night it was played at the Bayou.
Briefly: The Equators played a functional, somewhat infectious style of rock-reggae, while Tenpole Tudor displayed rockabilly leanings in a punk pose. Any Troubles' Clive Gregson proved himself a prime tunesmith for the '80s, though his voice and delivery are too close to Elvis Costello's to help much. Joe "King" Carrasco unveiled not only his Tex-Mex roots but a classic frat-dance-band mentality. All these bands had fine moments, but none that lasted particularly long.
Dirty Looks, on the other hand, blended the hard-hitting edges of heavy metal with a nifty pop sensibility. Strong on harmony and relentless on the big beat, Dirty Looks, in the person of Pat Barnes, also revived the guitar breaks that seem to have become virtually extinct in new-wave rock. Maybe it's because the trio's energies are firmly rooted in classic '60s rock, but Dirty Looks is not only commercially viable but musically devastating.