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Alan Milman Sect
ManKazaM
Buddy Love
Record Label Released
Alan Milman Sect
Stiches In My Head/I Wanna Kill Somebody / Punk Rock Christmas
EP Britz 1977
ManKazaM
Spankathon / Happy World
EP Britz 1978
Buddy Love
Sheila b/w Party Girl
Single Private 1980
BUDDY LOVE
Lp Davco 1982
Buddy Love
Sheila... and Other Delights
CD compilation Rockville Records 1998

Shifting musical styles the way some people change addresses, singer/songwriter Alan Milman first surfaced on New York's Long Island in 1977, with a 7-inch EP of tossed-off punk-rock jokes. Dropping the beat-era name for the modernized ManKazaM handle, Milman and guitarist Doug Khazzam returned a year later with another 7-inch: four derivative new wave tunes (including "Spankathon" and "Surf Rhapsody"). That was Milman's last vinyl for a while.

Opting for a lower-profile role as a songwriter, co-producer and backing vocalist, Milman let the pseudonymous Buddy Love (Khazzam, using a name borrowed from Jerry Lewis' Nutty Professor alter-ego) sing lead and play guitar on the exceptional Buddy Love, a charming and memorable pop/rock collection that knowingly mines a wide variety of sources, from '50s rockabilly to '60s Britbeat to '70s glam. Besides covering Gary Glitter ("Rock n' Roll"), Gene Vincent ("Who Slapped John?") and Buddy Holly ("Rave On") with straightforward skill, the quartet delivers sparkling pop originals like the ultra-catchy "Liar," "Why Can't We Make Believe We're in Love?" and "Dead Ringer." Virtually unknown, but great.

(Ira Robbins)