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The Virgins Return to LA Just in Time to Be Sacrificed to Our Earthquake Gods.

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Let's hope it doesn't come to that, but if the big one should show up on Thursday...these New York rockers are toast. Poor bastards. They think they're coming here to headline the El Rey. Of course, we didn't let lead singer Donald Cumming in on this little plan. (Yes, the lead singer of the Virgins is named Donald Cumming. Go ahead. Giggle. We'll wait. Feel better? Okay.) After all, we can't go scaring off the Virgins before they have the chance to save California from sinking into the ocean. (I mean, it's not like we're going to be able to find any around here.)

Although this would mean killing off one of the best neo-disco acts around, which would be a shame. These guys have put out a slinky debut album which would make even a nun's blood run hot. Without any electronics, the Virgins have taken the tried and true disco beats and added some ragged rock edge on top of it, producing a sound that seizes control of your hips no matter how hard you try and fight it. Not that you should. Cumming was kind enough to talk with us over the weekend about the making of this disk. Here is some of what was said.