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Article in the Feb. 1997 issue of The Other Paper

A K-Tel set of '80s tunes

by Dan Williamson

Getting turned away at the door of Ludlow's sold-out Howlin'Maggie show could've been the best thing that happened to you Friday night. Because you might have wandered into Clancy's Downunder on High Street (just a block away from Ludlow's), encountered an 80s cover band called Reaganomics, and had a delightfully nostalgic evening.

Sure, you would've felt hipper at Ludlow's, but you wouldn't have had more fun.

Opening with Wall of Voodoo's Mexican Radio, Reaganomics fired off a K-Tel set's worth of tunes ranging from the New Wave of the early MTV days to the college, rock of the mid-to-late '80s.

You can probably guess the songs: She Blinded Me With Science, White Wedding, Always Something There to Remind Me, Hungry Like the Wolf, One Thing Leads to Another, Just Like Heaven. Particularly inspired were versions of Tainted Love and Video Killed the Radio Star.

These guys not only sounded like the '80s, they looked like the '80s. No grunge-era flannel for these lads-, the singer looked like Flock of Seagulls with the Fixx's hair.

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