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Tickle Me Pink

Madeline

(Wind-Up; US: 1 Jul 2008; UK: Available as import)

The chorus to “Typical”—the first single from Colorado emo-rock outfit Tickle Me Pink’s debut Madeline—features the snide line “You can’t play me like that / It’s a matter of fact / You’re nothing more / Than a typical whore,” easily making this a frontrunner for being the most misogynist single of 2008. Perhaps if the group displayed a sense of humor or a knowing glance of irony, then this track could be interpreted as anything but hamfisted schoolboy frustration, but, unfortunately, Tickle Me Pink take themselves far too seriously, resulting in a painfully bland set of screamo-by-numbers tunes that overstay their welcome as soon as they arrive. Though acoustic ballad “Beside the Others” at least aims for heartfelt catharsis, its tired clichés (the opening line is “How could she be / With a wretch like me?”) knock down any hope of the band creating any sort of identity out of the Warped Tour mindset. Worst of all? The most intriguing aspect of the live concert DVD that accompanies this set turns out to be the moments when a security guard begins forcibly removing fans from the stage. At least there, the guard is displaying a real emotion: out and out frustration.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and many more. Evan has been a guest on HuffPost Live, RevotTV's "Revolt Live!", and WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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