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Wednesday, Feb 5 1997
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Sneaker Pimps
Imagine an Alfred Hitchcock thriller -- meticulously prepared but deliberately eerie and emotionally evasive -- rebirthed as a present-day pop song, with all the sonically acquisitive tendencies of that form. That's the Sneaker Pimps in a discipline-crossing nutshell. These British newcomers on the impossibly trendy trip-pop scene feature the elegant, almost classical arrangements of studio partners Liam Howe and Chris Corner, the obligatory whirs, bleeps, and other short-circuitry of electronic dance music, jazzy hip-hop drums miked for echo to enhance the songs' murky scenarios, and the jailbait purrs of 22-year-old vocalist Kelli Dayton. With songs featuring such fashionably low-minded titles as "6 Underground," "Post-Modern Sleaze," and "Walking Zero," the band's forthcoming debut, Becoming X, is destined to make it one of the most breathlessly pursued acts of the year, at least on the part of the music press. For those of you so inclined, catch them early at this Bimbo's gig, the group's first in America.

-- James Sullivan

The Sneaker Pimps play on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 9 p.m. at Bimbo's, 1025 Columbus. Tickets are $9-10; call 474-0365.

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