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Cookie Mongoloid

San Franciscans love a good cover act. Over the years, we've witnessed local bands pay tribute to Metallica, AC/DC, the Fall, Echo & the Bunnymen, the Smiths, Herb Alpert, Neil Diamond, Burt Bacharach, and Devo. Now, from the creators of the latter combo (Mongoloid), comes a tribute group that plays Sesame Street songs as speed metal. This unholy alliance comes complete with motorcycle entrances, a frontman in a blue Cookie Monster head and leather pants, and scantily clad Cookie Girls who throw treats into the audience. Oh yeah, and there's music too, as Cookie Mongoloid supplies howling, grinding treatments of "Up and Down," "C Is for Cookie," and "Wash Yourself." Make no mistake about it: Education was never this fun -- or stupid!


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