Music: Chocolate-Covered Razor Blades And other treats from a fun funk band

Was (Not Was). Outside the parentheses is a terrific dance band; inside is a real trailblazer. The group, out of Detroit by way of some dark but friendly musical star, gets hold of a brawny rhythm-and-blues foundation, overlays it with some up-to-the-second dance sounds and ladles up lyrics with strains of Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. After that's all done, the band gets down to its real mission: to shake the house down. Explains Was (Not Was) co-founder Don Was: "We would like to sound like the Motown revue on acid."

The band, which has two featured singers and...

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