Record Reviews - November, 2000

BellRays "Grand Fury" CD

I can't say enough about this soul-purging unit. Lisa's my favorite vocalist out there, and the guitarist ain't far behind. They don't sound like anybody else - they're the real fuggin' thing, alright? Tina Turner meets MC5? If you say so. How do you follow up the best album of '99? By plowing forward, true to your initial vision. Most of this is just as transcendental as "Let it Blast," so pick it up, Sparky. They've recently added a new bassist and drummer (from Manitowoc, WI!) and haven't missed a beat. Souls on fire, indeed. (TK)
(Upper Cut Records, 4470 Sunset Blvd. #195, Los Angeles, CA 90027)

Boris the Sprinkler "…Gay!" CD/LP

Ok… This sounds just like their last album, except they didn’t use any imagination in writing the songs. These songs just aren’t that entertaining, or even catchy! "Motherfucker Are You Ready to Rock?" sounds like it should’ve been a Turbonegro tune! "I Don’t Really Want To Walk To Taco Bell Without You", is a visible reference to the Ramones. All these dull, mediocre tunes lead me to the question, "Has the world been over Borisized?" It’s most likely. "Have I just grown out of the whole goofy punk bit?" Not hardly! I mean, "Where (the fuck) is Captain Kirk?!" If you’re a fan of Boris the Sprinkler I behoove you to at least listen to their new CD before you waste your lunch money on it. (JD)
(Go-Kart POB 20 Prince St. Station NYC, NY 10012)

Busted Lives "Winner's Circle" CD

Those repulsive barflies the Busted Lives are at it again! The aversion coming out of this record is inexorable. While most of you are just sitting on your ass twiddling your thumbs, the Busted Lives are out there giving ‘em hell. Anybody into tight, raw, witty garage punk like the Drags or Rats with an Elvis impersonator on vox will love these guys! There are 12 filthy tracks including, "Dirty Alcoholic", "John Brown Blues", and "The Very Witch of Fuck." (JD)
(Blueball Records 6517 Farallon Way Oakland, CA 94611)

Chronics "Soulshaker" CD

The Chronics, from Sweden, are a premium 60’s garage rock ‘n’ roll group with a spice of Radio Birdman added for style. Every stomping song on this CD is solid gold. The tunes are catchy, not trite or flashy, just real down to earth r’n’r. Like the title says, Soulshakin’ is what these boys are all about. If people aren’t dancing at a Chronics gig it’s because they’re too smashed to pick up their feet! (JD)
(Bad Afro Records, Poste Restante, Frederiksberg Alle 6, 1820 Frederiksberg C, Denmark)

Defiance "No Time" 7" EP

If you like classic ’82 punk rock then you like Defiance. The dueling vocals and catchy guitars are what keep this band fresh. They protest for change and don’t come off sounding like smart-ass little brats about it. Like UK punk? Get this 3-song 45. (JD)
(Profane Existence PO Box 8722 Minneapolis, MN 55408)

Dogs "Fed Up" CD/LP

I have been waiting for this LP since picking up the "John Rock" 7" (featuring "John Rock and Roll St. Clair", "Tuff Enuff" and "Slash Your Face") a while back. I didn’t know who would do it, had no idea that Dionysus would step up to bat for The Dogs much as they previously did for The Rotters, Gears, Controllers, Dils and others; but I knew someone had to do this record. Its only befitting that Dionysus did. Dionysus is another of those labels making the current STATE of punk-rock bearable. With the bad and horrendous is the vicious, destructive and more importantly, WORTHY. Dionysus is the yin to the yang or some strange counter-balancing sounding shit like that. Many bands are known as The Dogs. It’s one of those names that just seem to fit many who claim it. Yet only one really deserves it though, This Dogs, The (Detroit) Dogs! Disciples of The Stooges. MC5 inspired. That’s not a bad thing. You heard 'em on Killed By Death and that 7" I mentioned earlier if you were lucky (but really, your probably just pain ol' pathetic; and that’s good too)... If you like that shit the rest of this LP will not disappoint. Hard-hitting rock and roll with punk attitudes. Gray-scale industrial cityscape music to live by. My switch-blade stopped working the day after I bought this LP but I still carry it and even started to get it out when I mistook a "mosh-pit" for young teen violence at a punk rock show in a Ohio barn last night. Ready for Action (?)(!). (SAB)
(Dionysus Records PO Box 1975 Burbank, CA 91507)

Drunk Drivers "Chillin'" CD

Ex-Venison shlubs from Eau Claire, WI. Talk about truth in advertising - these guys were emptying pints of Spaten onstage twice as fast as I was puttin' down my bottles of Point. Shambling, drunk, hilarious, and tight as a 10 yr. old mongoloid throughout. They have a Jesus Lizard meets coll-rock sound that probably woulda' been right at home on Touch and Go a decade or so ago. A bit "indie" for my normal tastes, but I still likes it. (TK)
(All Malt Records, P.O. Box 1083, Eau Claire, WI, 54702)

Evil Hoo Doo "Outta Tonight" 7"

This is the 3rd single by these late, great Japanese rockers! The Evil Hoo Doo play some deranged 60’s garage rock ‘n’ roll that sounds like a hybrid of Jackie & The Cedrics and ? & The Mysterians. Evil Hoo Doo are extremely danceable and a group I could certainly do the "Huckle Buck" to. This record isn’t in print anymore, but they do have other 7"ers on Mangrove and Get Hip that I’m sure are just as good. (JD)
(Target Earth c/o Masao Nakagami 505 Lupinus Hiranuma 1-1-15 Hiranuma Nishi-Ku, Yokohama 220-0023 Japan)

Exploders "What's what and who's who" 7"

Toronto's EXPLODERS have received a fair bit of attention recently, due in no small part to the release of a 45 on Rip Off Records. Many have applauded the single as adding a degree of variety to a label very much associated with a faster, rawer punk sound than that of the EXPLODERS, who deliver a bombastic, riff-heavy style of rock. It's ironic, then, that this 4-song offering serves chiefly to highlight a lack of variation as the band's obvious weakness. While their single-minded devotion to blustering, mid-tempo backing and bellowed vocals could carry a single-- as it did on "Electric power"-- it quickly wears thin on even a shorter EP like this, where soundalike songs result from a lack of hooks and direction, reducing impact considerably. A little more attention to song-writing, coupled with a tempering of the band's quirkier impulses, could very well produce a stronger record. Points for great taste in covering CRIME's "Rockabilly Drugstore", and I'll wait for the next release before giving up on the EXPLODERS quite yet. (US)
(Teenage USA)

Exploders "Electric Power" 7"

I walked outta' the store with this hoping for some good, fast & stupid Rip Off action. I dunno' why, I was just in the mood fer it. What I got was mid-paced rock/punk from a buncha' Canuks. I was a bit disappointed, as you can well imagine, but the songs are pretty good and I'm liking it more w/ each listen. (TK)
(Rip Off records, 581 Maple Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066)


Jolt "S/T " LP

Seen this band on Punk in London or something like that. I could get up and look but its as cold as fuck in the Midwest today and I am enjoying a Generic Label Mountain Dew (called Citrus Drop, Distributed by Inter-American Foods out of Cincinnati Ohio) and sitting by the computer writing this. Now I will admit, I like The Jam. That isn’t a bad thing to do either. Its not like it's a groundbreaking statement. The Jam kicked out some pretty damn memorable tunes. They weren’t spectacular or anything but their first LP was almost legendary, just too rushed. The label should have waited for some better songs than rushing to release something "punk". This LP by the Jolt just hits me like a second Jam LP whereas they got back to their roots of playing fast and loud, or maybe Jam demo recordings where they were destined to mellow out later or something. In other words, The Jolt also represents the more mod-punk/power-pop madness like that of The Jam. The Jolt rip-off The Jam, and its pretty apparent. Someone’s gotta do it though, and hell, someone should have done it maybe even sooner and faster than The Jolt. On the back of the cover it sez "Long Play 33 1/3 RPM Microgroove Flexible Record". I’m not too sure what all of that means, like that part about the microgroove flexible shit, but what I do know is that this record was just a lil' bit too big which cause the record to rub against the arm assembly on my turn-table and make a vicious scraping noise approximately every three seconds. I had to get a knife and scour the edges of the LP in order to make the record playable. This is the first record I ever had to take a knife to. Cool. (SAB)
(No Address)

Legionnaires Disease "Catch the Disease" 10"

This one totally caught me by surprise. I had been previously introduced to Legionnaires Disease previously on some re-punk compilation or other and like them, but wasn't crazy about them. When I spotted this gem though, I just had to have it. Reading through the liner notes on the back, I wish I had the funds to mix the collective stories of AK-47, The Huns, Nervebreakers, Authorities, Bobby Soxx and Legionnaires Disease into one movie. Harmony Korine would have to direct it though because no other director has a hold on ideas like debauchery and chaos like him (reference: Gummo). Legionnaires Disease are dirty, gritty, germ ridden and damn proud! There’s some resolute Sex Pistols/English punk in their sound but there was some other bands in their area/scene (like Really Red) that they tend to emulate and mix their own recipe of destructiveness AND still achieve good results with, a bit more. If you liked Deep in the Throat of Texas or Bloodstains Across Texas, then I’m sure you already have this or have already began your hunt! (SAB) (Try Underground Med - JD)
(Lunar Record Co. Int. PO Box 71367 Pittsburgh, PA. 15213)

Le Shok "We Are Electrocution" LP

The best thing to come out this year by far would have to be "We are Electrocution", it's my pick for the record of the year 2000! It’s fast, abrasive, neoteric punk with definite self-destructive leanings. Just the thing to motivate you to do better. "Killed By Fuck," "Where's the Line Begin for Vicodin," "White Tie, You Die"... all anthems for the current STATE (state of what you ask? The STATE of everything STATE!). It pains me that such a band lives in such proximity to an ocean. This means that good punk rock can come from someplace else other than this shit called The Midwest. A band built around a great guitar sound with the keyboards add a distinctive, well used (as opposed to over used) quality, and along with the Stitches type snotty vocals make this LP stand out so much to me that this is the second time I am writing a review for it. When you hear good records, you want others to know about it. Pink vinyl. Electric pussies, Electric dicks. I am the body Electric. (SAB)
(Gold Standard Laboratories Records/Le Shok PO Box 15645 Long Beach, CA. 90815)

Los Reactors "Dead in the Suburbs" LP

Oklahoma keyboard-damaged punk/wave from around the turn of the '80s. The two singles on Side A are pretty fuggin' great, and contain that "magic" so many of the '77-82 bands seemed to possess. The live B-Side is decent enough. Recommended. (TK)
(Rave Up Records, Via Montecuccoli 13, 00176 - Roma - Italy)

Mazinga Phaser "abandinallhope" CD

Ever wonder how Mike Throneberry spends his time away from the Reds? Well...he plays mary-jewana rock. Mazinga Phaser has a femme-fronted sound akin to Jessamine or Spaceman 3. He also has (had?) another band called "Stumptone" who are more in the Sebadoh/Velvet Underground vein. While 98% of the people reading this will hate this stuff, it's definitely well done, and I find that it has its definite "uses." Man, I'm gonna' get killed for putting this thing up here. (TK)
(Idol Records, P.O. Box 720043, Dallas, TX 75372)

Mooney Suzuki "People Get Ready" LP

I held off this review a bit until I got a chance to see 'em. Yup, I'd bought the record cuz it looked cool and Tim Kerr produced it. Like you never do that shit. Anyway, my first impression was of a 'Neckbreakers/Crusaders/trad-rock foursome - not all that exciting. Live? Definitely one of the best bands I've seen in a pretty fine year for live music. They sounded like a more "vintage" Makers sans most of their more-annoying tendencies. I still don't think this album is all that ace, but they sure are a formidable live act. Maybe next time. (TK)
(Estrus Records, P.O. Box 2125, Bellingham, WA 98227)

More Fun "Teenage Sensation!" 7"

More Fun are a Japanese power pop group that can write wonderfully clever tunes. The first song, "Teenage Sensation", is set to a dreamy melody with charming lyrics about being young and innocent. The last song, "Box," picks it up a bit with catchy guitar hooks and punchy breaks that only add to the pop pleasure. Yeah it’s out of print, but the lead vocalist, Tatsauya, is now in the Treeberrys on 1+2 Records, so go get that. (JD)
(Target Earth c/o Masao Nakagami 505 Lupinus Hiranuma 1-1-15 Hiranuma Nishi-Ku, Yokohama 220-0023 Japan)

My So-Called Band "The Punk Girl Next Door" CD

I can’t help but comment on this "punk" girl sitting in front of what looks like a mansion. It seems like somewhat of a contradiction, but what do I know about today’s punk rockers anyway. My So-Called Band is a 3-chord punk group with rather superfluous songs. The vocals are too docile, and neither the guitarist nor the drummer show much variation from tune to tune. Personally I don’t think much of these boys, however some melodies stood out, like "It Might Be June" and "Beauty Pageant Judge For Life." Of course then there are songs like, "I’m Your Groupie" and "Homeless You" that make me shudder. (JD)
(Yesha, Inc. PO Box 31725 Charlotte, NC 28231-1725)

Naked Raygun "Basement Screams" CD

Naked Raygun came across to me more as an art-punk band than a straight-forward punk/hardcore band even before I heard this disc and their choice to cover Wires’ "12XU." I remember when I first heard "Throb Throb"... I thought it was some of the best shit i ever heard, and still do. I had high expectations for this disc but its pretty damn comparable to "Throb Throb". I can’t help it. I always tend to expect bands earlier works to far outweigh their latter ones. This time I was wrong but just a tad... Put "Potential Rapist" and "Tojo" on "Throb..." and that would have been a $100 E-Bay LP. I think it was the group backing vocals throughout the disc on the studio stuff that bothered me... Whereas this disc won’t garner new fans, it will make others that much more satisfied. (SAB)
(Quarterstick Records POB 25342 Chicago, IL 60625)

Privateways "Touch and Thaw" 7"

I was absolutely floored when I heard the Privateways on the Mangrove comp "ad vice." I had to hear more of this striking Japanese mod group, it’s an addiction, what can I say. Now, this band is right on par with the likes of First Alert and other creative rock ‘n’ roll groups that try more intricate forms in writing their music and yet still keep their songs concise enough to be pure candy for the ears. This is their 3rd single and should still be available, a Mangrove record usually stay in print for some time. "Touch and Thaw" is almost as good as their newer material and a worthy purchase, but personally I’d kill to hear a full length. (JD)
(Mangrove Label ACP Bldg. 3F, 4-23-5 Koenji Minami Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, 166-0003 Japan)

Privateways "Better Off Givin’ In" 7"

This is the Privateways 2nd single. These cats have all the euphonic ingenuity of an English 60’s mod group. They just keep surprising me with amazing pop tunes that show no deficiency in vivacity. The finest track on this two-song 7" would have to be "Why are things so nice?" It’s just one of those songs you can not stop listening to. The Privateways would be on top of the pops if the rest of the world could get their hands on their records. (JD)
(Mangrove Label ACP Bldg. 3F, 4-23-5 Koenji Minami Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, 166-0003 Japan)

Radio Shanghai "2-Dimentional Girl" 7"

Rocketing out of modern day Japan these days is a band known as Radio Shanghai. They are leading the way in the ’79 new wave punk revival. Their pop tunes are so infectious I must have played the A-Side a dozen times, and when I eventually flipped to the B-Side… oh my. The undisputed victor definitely goes to the song "2-Dimentional Girl." It has The Clash’s "Stay Free" vibe with plenty of hooks and melodies to inveigle even the most jaded of punk fans. Find this at any cost. (JD)
(Answer Records Hase BLD # 2 B1. 5-49 OSU 3 Naka-Ku Nagoya City. Aichi 460 Japan)

Raydios "My Baby’s Back" 7"

The Raydios, if you don’t already know, feature Fink and Sammy of Teengenerate, and now Firestarter. They play fucking awesome ’77 pop punk rock like The Buzzcocks and The Boys. If you haven’t already picked up the out of print LP on Screaming Apple out of Germany you really missed out. If you do have the LP this 7" is only a necessity if you constantly talk about Teengenerate and design your web page after their albums. The only song on this record that isn’t on the LP is a cover of The Scientists’ song, "Last Night," which is decent but not "life changing," as Kenny Rockaction puts it so eloquently. Save your cash for the Raydios LP, which has been on eBay ever once in a while, and some European mail-order web sites. (JD)
(Target Earth c/o Masao Nakagami 505 Lupinus Hiranuma 1-1-15 Hiranuma Nishi-Ku, Yokohama 220-0023 Japan)

Registrators "Imagination World" 7"

This is a biased review. Even more so since I bought this piece of plastic and attempting to further it in any possible way. To understand this review, you must understand two very important creations of mine. One is my Neoteric Punk/Wave rock movement.

As stated in the pages of Maximum Rock and Roll, AND furthered digitally by Now Wave web site, I basically created a new rock movement which I call Neoteric Punk/Wave SPECIFICALLY for bands like Kill The Hippies, Crimson Sweet, Cock Spaniels, Dynamite On! Nowhere Squares, The Reds and others including, you guessed it: The Registrators! Taken from the third Draft of my Neoteric Punk/Wave,

"MY Neoteric Punk/Wave movement is the BEST of all the current flavors. It's modern new wave without the downers. It's indie-pop with a punch to the face. It's 'punk rock' meaning "PUNK-ROCK" and not "punk rock" meaning all that Korn bullshit wasting space in CD players ROUND THE WORLD (that Korn-punk is fucking global ya know). My Neoteric Wave rock movement is the bitter anecdote to all that's wrong with those people slinging around punk like it's a fucking adjective.

"Look Mom, punk rock!". "Oh Mikey, yer sooo funny! Grandma will think that's soo CUTE!". FUCKERS! YOU RUINED PUNK ROCK!"

Take it for what you will. I don't really care. I am just waiting for everyone else's personalized rock movements to see if any, at all, creativity was used. When Kill The Hippies released 'Shit Covered Hits" it was a statement which went beyond just "punk rock" or even "Punk-rock." The Registrators also did this with the release of "16 Wires from the New Provacate," both were a statement from a new age of rock and roll and I did something about it.

The other thing you must understand in my biased review of this Registrators artifact is the "V-Army." You see, the 7" cover (ah, if only Mr. Domino could scan in the cover) has the band name overtop of a flying V guitar. I never seen any live pictures of The Registrators and never considered them to be big fans of Flying V's or anything (yeah, foolish thinking, I mean, I AM talking about The Registrators, one of the top 5 bands who ever breathed air) but I suppose now, they might be 'fanatics', like me. I formed and founded a loose organization called The V-Army with the releasing of my last issue of Neus Subjex, so I’m talking recently folks. The organization is so loose (AKA "mysterical") no list of operatives exist outside those retained in the brains of its followers. No leaders, only units. Only action where there is no action. Simply owning and playing a Flying V is a start, but its not enough. The V-Army is like The Mansons or something minus the firearms and the coleslaw but with heaping amounts of flying V guitars and rumblings of a Neoteric Apocalypse. I'm automatically biased when I see a flying V. No guarantees promised but if you put a flying V on your record cover, you have to be pretty damn musically compatible with ol' Shawn Abnoxious.

The way I see it, you have two main versions of The Registrators. The 'Terminal Boredom' version and the 'Provocate' version (even though I hadn't heard shit about a lineup change I think most would agree on my breakdown). This 7" would fall under the 'Provacate' sounding Registrators. Now I know a lot of people that don't like the (new) Registrators and their development as a band. Tread careful if you are a big "Terminal Boredom' fan. But for those who were weeded out from the finest to the ELITE with "16 Wires," this is a perpetuance of that sound. The Registrators are leaders of the new-new wave and Neoteric masters of all they see. Hey, this was almost a Compulsive! (SAB)
(Broken Rekids PO Box 460892 San Francisco, CA. 94146-0892)

Rudimentary Peni "The Underclass" 7" EP

This here is a new one from this well-known peace punk group out of England. I don’t normally listen to this kind of music, but every now and then it’s an amiable change. Personally, I think this record is fuckin’ cool! The songs are super short, like a minute long – maybe less, and they are repetitive with a very dark and forceful beat. Rudimentary Peni present you with 12 songs (!) on this worthwhile 7". (JD)
(Outer Himalayan Records PO Box 59 London N22 1AR, UK)

Splash 4 "Shame, Shame, Shame" 10"

Along with The TV Killers and The No-Talents (who The 4 also share personnel with), The Splash play like a middle-of-the-road mix of the two and along with, are thee sound of modern french Repunk-rock. This time around the seven songs on this disc are not as powerful as their "Filth City" 10" (Estrus Records) but keepers none-the-less. Two tracks are covers. One is of the German punk pioneers known as Big Balls and The Great White Idiot ("Kick her in the Dirt"), which doesent really do the original justice (nice try though, it just sounds too choppy), and a French version of a song by The Bug’s who I have yet to hear. Besides "Miss Behavior" the remaining tracks sound like "Filth City" leftovers and since the songs were recorded way back in October of 1998 might very well be from the same session (give me a break, I don’t feel like getting up and checking). (SAB)
(Dionysus Records POB 1975 Burbank, CA. 91507)

Shifters "Shattered" CD

Pretty similar to the Rip Off single - cool ringing/soaring guitars grafted onto '77/pop. Gud, but not over-the-top gud. They need better tunes to go head-to-head with, say, the Stiletto Boys. (TK)
(Radio Records, P.O. Box 1452, Sonoma, CA 95476)

Suicide Commandos "Commit Suicide Dance Concert" CD

I've been waiting for this reissue for YEARS. This 'un contains 32 SONGS (!!!), which is the nearly-entire '78 live set at the Loghorn in Minneapolis. The Commandos were a MN just-pre-punk band that released some cool singles and a classic (major label) studio album. Twin Tone released this live document some years later, and I've been looking for it for more than a decade. Well, attempting to find it for less than $50. Now that I've finally heard it... it's certainly "rootsier" and less ferocious than I'd hoped for, but it's still a nice document of a legendary unit. The record contains mostly covers, the sound is great, etc... (TK)
(Garage D'Or Records, 3015 Lyndale Ave, South Minneapolis, MN 55408)

Sugar Shack "Get Out of my World" CD

Hands-down best band I've seen this year. They were a perfect distillation of all that's good 'n right with '60s garage w/ a good shot 'o '77 ta' boot. This album is much better than their first one (the only other one I own), but the live fury & swang don't really carry over to the studio. It's still a really good album, with standouts like "Mr. Nowhere" and "V.I.P." (TK)
(Estrus Records, P.O. Box 2125, Bellingham, WA 98227)

Tazers "Dont Classify Me!" LP

They had the name but admit on the liner notes, the Tazers did what they did for GIRLS and FUN and didn't site being pissed-off OR bored as reasons for forming the band. Being in a band myself, I see the opposite of having fun and girls and being pissed off and bored as more of an influence. Being bored means hating. Being pissed off means being disgusted. When you hate something and are disgusted by it you have something to say. I was bored, pissed off and even smelled like dog-food when I haphazardly decided I was going to be the bassist in a band. Before the decision I didn't play the bass, never even picked one up. I got a paycheck and got a bass and amp. Chicks and having fun was the farthest thing from my mind. I would hate to see the punk-rocker who is in it for the girls because any girl he's able to pick up would have to be as fucked up (Hey, can I say 'Fuck' around here) as he was in the first place. Secondly, since when did punk rockers begin picking up chicks? Did I miss something? A guy I know, Jimmy Pervert is the epitome of what punk rock is as far as picking up girls are concerned. At a show a while back someone asked Jim the last time he had sex. "Vaginal Sex?" he asked in clarification, "Cause I have sex with myself all the time." Jim said no girls want to talk to him. They hate him. He is - He is pretty maximum. Maybe the girls he talks to should start bands. Now, who has more spunk? Who is probably writing better songs about REAL life? The Tazers who are playin' in a band and having fun and getting laid, OR Jim who is in The (late) Geriatrix swilling any beer he can find, jerking his meat to get self-gratification and being shot down more than Iraqi Migs in the Gulf War?

The first track had me worried. It was the title one. Uh-Oh, a lil bit 'soft.'... Soon after the next two I declare keepers: "Neo-Natal Hospital" and "Micro-Wave Mother" both of which bring to mind Zounds and The Mob, oddly enough two "Crass Records" bands. The comparison soon sours though. the LP looses strength. After these two songs the LP just sort of evens out with minor peaks on the second side with "Figure it Out" and "Plastic Girls." Lets face it though, better to have the good with the bad because if Rave-Up decided to just put the better songs on a Greatest Hits 7" or something than the question would still exist if there was something more hotter than just the few kick ass songs. Now I know, and like I learned from watching GI JOE every day at 4 PM after school in the 80's, knowing is half-the battle. All criticisms aside, I would still rather get are-punk (as in reissue/revivalist punk) releases like this Tazers than a Fat Wreck Chords piece of shit. After I spent $12.99 on this slab of vinyl, mainly because MY (meaning the record store I frequent rather than own) order from Underground Medicine (where I could directly order it and save cash but refrained because I want MY record store to last), I don’t feel cheated from buying this; not one bit. Saying something likeable about a record means something positive. If not for a few labels and a few select bands in my personal city, I would not feel as strongly about punk rock in general and probably never would have become a Blank Generation contributor. Rave-Up is a great label doing a great thing. Even though their series is Lost AMERICAN Nuggets, Cant wait to hear what they dig up for The Hitler SS. (SAB)
(Rave Up Records Via Montecuccoli 13 00176, Roma. Italy)

The (International) Noise Conspiracy "Survival Sickness" CD/LP

I figured by their radio track, "Smash it Up," this whole LP would be better than it is, but it's not. This LP is OK I suppose but "Smash it Up" is clearly their best song on this attempt. Coming off as the closest thing to a version of Gang of Four we currently have, "Survival Sickness" isn't an LP I am going to rightfully ignore, but one that's not going to get much airplay on my home stereo. The 90's version of post-punk band, and you know what? It isn't even the 90's anymore. Time is relative, take it for what you will. (SAB)
(Burning Heart Records 2798 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. 90026)

Toxic Shock "12 Songs from a Non-Existent Band" LP

Like Icki mentioned in his column, this was a TX band that included David Yow (Jesus Lizard, Scratch Acid) on bass. Although most of this is pretty "samey," and the production is kinda' flat (go figger, this was culled from an old demo tape), it's still a nice blow to the plexus. "Riot Riot Riot" is a classic. Only 300 made so git on it. (TK)
(No Address)

Valentine Killers "St. Valentines Day Massacre" LP

This record looked promising enough. Menacing looking fella on the cover... Bar code over another's face on the back... Same guy I suppose. "Hey, you're on the record TWICE!!!" Sez the dude in the flannel (hey, they're from Seattle too, aren't they breaking some sort of rock-law by doing that). Good cover-up buttercup. I listened to Side One immediately upon returning home. I’m like "Yeah, its good but The Motards are better"; but it did stick with me a bit more than that Catheters LP a while back...

I was all into that Catheters record AT FIRST, now I can't remember the last time I listened to it. I even PURPOUSLY sat a home when they came through Cincinnati because 1.) They were on tour with the Murder City Devils who sell their both LPs AND CDs separately for $10 EACH (which IS bullshit and something I called them on THE FIRST TIME they suckered me into seeing them; and they blew me off. Well, this review will teach their Pixie wannabe's ASS!)... What was I talking about? Oh yeah, the 2nd reason I blew The Catheters off is simple, Xena: Warrior Princess (I’m not too sure about that actually but sorta looks good there).

The Valentine Killers’ record I like better each time I hear it. They sound dangerous, like kids playing with matches. Fans of The Candy Snatchers should definitely take note, this LP is pretty reminiscent of HUMAN ZOO (the Candy Snatchers LP that is, NOT the Cincinnati Punk legends that the Snatchers' LP is named after. How’s that for some fucking fun fucking facts? Can I even say fuck around here?). My picks are "Full Throttle," the title track (you're NOT going to make me retype THAT are you), and "Motor City Shutdown" which is so AWFUL but yet appealing that I like it. Not entirely essential but then again what is? (SAB)
(Yeah, Its Rock Records POB 85775 Seattle, WA. 98122)

V/A "People Like You Records Sampler" CD

Dontcha wish you could order rock ‘n’ roll like you order food? "Uh, heavy of the guitars please." Wait no, "Heavy on the guitars and it better not suck fuck-head!" Well, People Like You Records has records for people like you! If you’re all for the Euro punk ‘n’ roll invasion as well as loud, alcohol drenched punk with 16 amps plugged in and ready to roll, get this comp! The hot tracks on the CD are, The Public Toys’ "Rock & Roll Parasite", The Happy Revolvers’ "Rockbitch", Aerobitch’s "You Lie", and Silver Tongued Devil’s "You Broke My Heart (So I Broke Your Face)." This CD is loaded, so be warned. (JD)
(People Like You Records 1453-A 14th St. #324 Santa Monica, CA 90404)

Vegas Thunder "No One Fucks With..." LP

This is approximately ¾ really fucking great. They sound quite a bit like "Satan's Highway" era Hookers sans metal plus prime-era Crypt. High energy rock 'n roll with gums bared. If this sounds doctor-ordered, then it is. (TK)

Vom "Live at Surf City" 7"EP

Don’t be fooled, this is the "training band" that went on to become The Angry Samoans. Sort of a Killed By Death version of The Samoans, if you will, that sort of reminds me of the infamous Electric Eels in their execution.... The five songs on this 7", some of which you will notice from their Samoan counterparts are raw, rough, and lewd. Like the Samoans "Live At Rhino" quality wise, the release is still very much listenable and worth the cash. "Electrocute Your Cock" is probably one of the best songs ever written and already made it onto one of my so-called "writing comps" which is a series of CDRs I have compiled with songs from LP's that I listen to while writing. Yes, I go through the extra trouble to record many LP's onto CDR so I can still hear the crackle of vinyl DIGITALLY! Fuck yeah! It means nothing to most of you (all mayhap?), but making it onto one of my CDR compilations is the closest thing to a Grammy, and greatest honor I can personally bestow, on a band’s song. (SAB)
(Kryptonite Records 827 Lincoln Blvd. Manitowoc, WI. 54220)

Von Zippers "Blitzhacker" CD

Shit. I'd always had 'em pegged as a third-rate Mummies rip off, when in reality they're a second-rate Headcoates. Sound like faint praise? It shouldn't... despite some annoying/cloying gimmicky elements, this thing pretty much smokes. Oh, it's a singles comp, if that helps you out. (TK)
(Estrus Records, P.O. Box 2125, Bellingham, WA 98227)




Warsaw "S/T" CD

Twenty-three years after the fact, some music is still yet to be discovered by me but as usual, as fresh to the ears as if it was recorded yesterday. I grew to become a Joy Division fan and only knew about the LEGEND known as Joy Division BEFORE they were Joy Division. I got this CD, was blown away at the strength they had in their earliest formations and by writing this review urge you to re-discover the band that never was (more OR less!). You might know "Warsaw" as one of the better Joy Division tracks but it’s ALSO the beginning of Joy Division. This CD has 17 tracks in all. The first eleven, including many raw and rough versions of early Joy Division songs were recorded in 1978. The twelfth track is from 1980 (long after they changed their name from the Bowie influenced "Warsaw" to Joy Division.) The remaining tracks were recorded even sooner and even rawer, demos from 1977. If you consider Joy Division ‘punk-rock’ you will love this. If you think its cool that Ian Curtis hung himself because he was seeking a release from his lifelong bout of epilepsy-like to wear black and consider Joy Division a premier goth band, well you are now a rare bread since all this Marilyn Manson bullshit has surfaced AND might find a release like this hard to swallow. Me? I hear "No Love Lost" when I walk into the room at a crowded venue (I also hear "Teenage Radiation" by ss-20 when I take a piss so maybe that sentence just lost a lil something). (SAB)

Zymotics "Eddie’s Random Bombing" 7"

The Zymotics, outta Japan, are a pretty cool ’77 punk group that sounds like a mélange of the Registrators and a Killed By Death group like The Nubs. With all the power pop and mod groups coming out of Japan it is refreshing to see there are still raw, punk as fuck bands out there wrecking havoc on the music scene. The Zymotics give ya 3 tunes including, "I’m a Plastic" and "Break the Radio." (JD)
(Answer Records Hase BLD # 2 B1. 5-49 OSU 3 Naka-Ku Nagoya City. Aichi 460 Japan)

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