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Music Sound and the fury 

A week on the scene

Men still pause

When VH1 aired its Bands Reunited series in 2003, the guilty pleasure quotient was undeniable. The chance to see a middle-aged Limahl make nice with Kajagoogoo or a follically impaired Flock of Seagulls struggle to remember their own moronically simplistic tunes was pure Martha Quinn heaven.

Sound and the fury

Beyond the uncomfortable one-off reunion gigs (and the failed attempts to help Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Squeeze patch up their differences), however, the show didn’t exactly jump-start any stalled careers. But at least in the case of Klymaxx, the reunion seems to have lasted. This archetypal ’80s R&B girl group was a bit of a revelation on Bands Reunited, because all but the true believers had forgotten them, but after a few bars of “Meeting In the Ladies Room” and “The Men All Pause,” a nation’s collective memory had been jogged.

A reconstituted Klymaxx continues to ride out their second act with a New Year’s Eve show at Sunset Station (1174 E. Commerce). The concert, presented by old-school R&B station KTFM-94.1, begins at 9 p.m., with advance tickets selling for $15, and day-of-show tickets going for $20. As Klymaxx put it so eloquently back in the day, “Divas need love too (modern translation: “Stop dogging Star Jones, beyotch!”).

Those interested in a more intimate New Year’s Eve experience can catch San Antonio’s favorite crooner Ken Slavin as he puts his inimitable spin on the Great American Songbook at The Palm (233 E. Houston). Slavin’s performance runs from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Call 226-7256 for more info.

In that same retro-cool spirit, Sam’s Burger Joint ushers in 2006 with Spank Sinatra’s Swing’in New Year’s Eve from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The show will include a period dress contest (just don’t take your Klymaxx ensemble to Sam’s and expect to win) and free Champagne at midnight. It’s an all-ages show and cover is $10.

Compiled by Gilbert Garcia

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