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BEST MUSIC ZINE Minneapolis 1998 -

Schlock-rock trio Vinnie and the Stardüsters exist primarily as a satire on rock itself, and the sporadic publication of their eponymous comic (a division of the Fascist series that has included such titles as A Fascist Home Companion) is at least as important as their music. The zine borrows a concept from the French Situationists called internment--the writing of new political or satirical messages over preexisting comics or advertisements (which also explains this outfit's redubbed video classic Mary Tyler Marx). The source text in this case is those zany Archie comics in which Archie, Reggie, and Jughead start a band; it just so happens that the cartoon characters are spitting images of the Stardüsters. (Veronica appears as local rock star Kelley Deal; Betty pops up as CP contributor Amanda Ferguson.) The absurd rock 'n' roll plot that follows features droll humor, allowing the 'Düsters to take tongue-in-cheek (we think) jabs at everyone and everything in local music; not a single scene or icon emerges unscathed. A pop-up book is reportedly in the works.

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