The front of a stapled together press kit for the album Don’t Laugh, You’re Next by the Lincoln, Nebraska-based trio Mannequin Beach. From 1988, on Mordam Records. This is a powerful record, filled with dark, emotional singing and lyrics, and truly imaginative songs with great crazy guitar playing. No one sounds quite like this band, though aspects of their music resemble the Dead Kennedys, Victims Family, and NoMeansNo. They made one album and that’s it. I’ve long suspected that I’m one of the very few people that have ever cared about this group. I have no idea why they weren’t more popular. Maybe they never toured? Maybe people don’t like poorly designed album covers with photos of roadkill on the front? I never got to see them live but I’ve been carting around my used copy of this record since about a year after it was released. You can listen to one sample song here.