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Wednesday, Oct 16 1996
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Flat Duo Jets
Whether he's outdiddling Bo Diddley on "Pretty Thing" or manhandling a dainty little chestnut like the Duprees' "You Belong to Me" ("See the pyramids along the Nile ..."), the Flat Duo Jets' Dexter Romweber knows how to make an ancient piece of rock 'n' roll history sing. And he's got plenty of originals at the ready, too -- the kind of ravers that'll set your legs to jittering so hard you'll lose control of the skin on your face. The only accompaniment this North Carolina wild man will ever need is the manic timekeeping of longtime drummer Crow, who relentlessly bashes the tinny din of an enormous transistor radio from his cymbals. While scores of contemporary rock- and shockabilly bands join the Jets in flying awfully close to the Sun era, none seem to understand that the '50s required of their swaggering greaser gods a vulnerable side -- an ability to save face while lying around on a four-poster bed with a bunch of baby-blue teddy bears. Romweber pulls off that trick consistently. Isn't he just dreamy?

--James Sullivan

The Flat Duo Jets play Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 9 p.m. at the Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St. Los Hornets and Subsonics open. Tickets are $6; call 621-4455.

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