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Los Angeles's unlikely answer to the ska revival of the late 70s was the Untouchables, one of those multiracial, multicultural roots-rock-ska-rap-reggae ensembles that turn your average dance club into a seething mass of bodies. For a while the group flirted with serious stardom--videos on MTV and whatnot--but never quite put themselves over in the U.S., though England, ironically, has been quite receptive. The Untouchables' new record is Agent 00 Soul, which must be pronounced "double-O soul." It's not quite what the group's original, independent EP, Live and Let Dance, promised, but there's a lot to it, from singer Jerry Miller's cool reading of the old Edwin Starr song of the title to the full-throttle workout on "The Whole World's Gone Crazy" (the chorus continues, "except for me"). And live they're mucho fun. Tonight, Avalon Niteclub, 959 W. Belmont; 472-3020.


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