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Fun and fabulous

Four Bitchin' Babes have the best album covers ever. The fun Babes have a disc called Gabby Road that finds them walking across the street a la the Beatles. Another one features the four in the classic B&W pose of the early With the Beatles.

Not that the Babes sound much like the Fab Four. These ladies write with humor galore about how nutty society is, the stupidity of certain men and the woefully silly choices we make in romance.

Irreverent and spirited, these ladies see everyone as fair game: Bill Clinton, guys on Viagra, HMO providers. They even have a song poking fun at guys with bald heads. Hey! Is that nice? Is it?

But it's not all silliness. Really fine melodies and harmonies are thrown in with the barbs, and the Babes sing their hearts out.

Four Bitchin' Babes perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $21-$25. (727) 892-5767.

_ GINA VIVINETTO, Times pop music critic

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