Another under-recognized icon is Kid Congo Powers, who's had his fingers in some crucial musical pies: The Gun Club, the Cramps, Nick Cave's Bad Seeds, and the Knoxville Girls all bear the marks of Kid's loving lacerations. But don't stereotype him as a hired gun; Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds show that papa's got a brand-new bag. While some performers cloak their sexuality in ambiguity, Powers affirms his homosexuality in a nonpolitical manner. The band's latest, Philosophy and Underwear, boasts candidly matter-of-fact lyrics -- especially "Johnny" ("he'll make you big in the pants") and "Even Though Your Leather Is Cliché" -- without forgoing its surly, trash-rockin' attitude one iota. And Powers' guitar retains that coiled-rattlesnake bite.