Short Takes: Oct. 5, 1992


A Skinhead Takes Up the Torch

& FORGET, FOR A MOMENT, THE NOTORIETY of SINEAD O'CONNOR. Imagine that the truculent Irish skinhead is a timid thrush at the back of a noisy saloon, addressing with a quavering intimacy pop standards associated with Billie Holiday (Gloomy Sunday), Peggy Lee (Why Don't You Do Right?), Sarah Vaughan (Black Coffee), even Doris Day (Secret Love). And she's not bad. O'Connor can exasperate on her new album, Am I Not Your Girl? -- she wails this phrase 26 times in one song and closes the set with a dark harangue against the Roman Catholic...

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