7in - Housekeepers - I Gotta Know b/w Down The Road (Mizzle The Mode) (Orig. on Clone Records)
This Chicago band is the only Clone band not from Akron besides the Japanese group Totsuzen Danball. The A-side of this superior single is a wham-bam-thankya-ma'am jam worthy of Powerpearls comping or Nobunny covering. The Housekeepers thought it was worth covering…it’s actually a cover of the Human Switchboard song of the same name. No matter who’s playing it, in under two minutes, this earworm wiggles it's way into your gray matter and surgical tools become required for removal. The flip, "Down The Road (Mizzle The Mode)" is almost as catchy, but would fit in more snugly on a Devo outtakes comp than in the Powerpearls series. As far as I can tell, this is Housekeepers sole release. There's no picture sleeve and virtually no further info to be found and I forgot to ask Nick about these guys in the interview. Next time, for sure. Until then, stop thinking for a few minutes enjoy these two excellent numbers in all their poppy glory.