Review of live show at the Chestnut Cabaret, Philadelphia, September 20, 1990

by Sam Wood, Philadelphia Inquirer, September 22, 1990

Self-conscious, adenoidal and, frankly, a bit of a dweeb, Moe Berg would seem to be the unlikeliest of ascending pop stars. But Thursday night at the Chestnut Cabaret, he proved his credentials with a hard and crunchy 90-minute set that fizzed with dazzling pure-pop sensibility.

Berg and his five-piece The Pursuit of Happiness gleefully conjured up memories of the Raspberries, AC/DC and Abba, often during a single three-minute tune. But Berg's greatest influence is obviously Todd Rundgren.

And with the perfectly stacked vocal harmonies of Leslie Stanwyck and Kris Abbott, he showed that his Rundgren studies have paid off.

"Two Girls in One" and "Something Physical," both from TPOH's One Sided Story, produced by Rundgren, shimmered and rocked with effervescent power, and could easily go head-to-head with Rundgren's best.

Copyright 1990 Philadelphia Newspapers Inc.

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