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The The: Soul Mining (Epic); The Smiths: The Smiths (Warner Bros.)

Roy Trakin, Musician, May 1984

"FIFTEEN MINUTES with you/I wouldn't say no," sings the Smiths' Morrissey, echoing Warhol's famous dictum. Well, there you go again, as President Reagan is wont to scold his opponents. Yet two more Next Big Things from the Land of Boy George, these U.K. exports are hot prospects from opposite ends of the pop spectrum.

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