Real Life Top Ten
(The Village Voice, June 2, 1987)
By Greil Marcus
1. The Mad Peck: Mad Peck Studios—A Twenty-Year Retrospective (Doubleday).*
The adventures of a band of comic-strip rock critics whose watchword is
“It doesn't mean a thing if it ain't headed straight to cut-out heaven”
(typical subjects include Donny Iris, the Idolmaker soundtrack, and the
second Human Sexual Response LP), this picks up where Richard Meltzer's
The Aesthetics of Rock left off. Best concept: the “Inflatable Meat Loaf
Love Doll.” Best plot: faced with skyrocketing doo-wop prices, a former
member of the Five Royal-Keys hijacks a plane to come up with the money
to buy a copy of his own 45.
* Mad Peck Studios—A Twenty-Year Retrospective, by The Mad Peck with
additional dialogue by Robert A. Hull and Mike Macrone, Doubleday, 1987.