June 8, 2009

Zip Code Rapists Sing and Play The Three Doctors and Other Sounds of Today
reviewed by Joseph P. Larkin of YOUR FLESH Magazine.

"Reportedly begun as a Doors cover band from Texas (not bloody likely), the Zip Code Rapists were comprised of just two core members (or rapists, if you will), namely Gregg Turkington (probably better known as the guy who plays Neil Hamburger, whose shtick I think has gotten very old) on vocals and John Singer on guitar. Some music critics have compared the duo to Ween and I guess I could see that if Zip Code Rapists totally fucking sucked. But, alas, they do not, so the critics can go get stuffed!."

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June 5, 2009

Zip Code Rapists Sing and Play The Three Doctors and Other Sounds of Today
reviewed by Mark Prindle of Mark's Record Reviews.

"First of all, neither Sing And Play The Three Doctors And Other Sounds Of Today nor The Man Can't Bust Our Music! have ever been released on CD. And let's be honest, the original vinyl copies sounded like shit and hellfire. But thanks to reissue producer Brandan Kearney and CD mastering master Timothy Stollenwerk, they now sound like grits and sunfire! I'm not even being facetious. The fantastic remastering job has made it possible to actually understand the lyrics of noisy songs like "Kick In The Heads," "Wired" and "The Three Doctors." Furthermore, the live tracks no longer sound like two jerks running a lawnmower through a gymnasium, but rather like *actual songs* filled with hilarious and mostly decipherable on-stage gags and ribaldry! To illustrate the phenomenal success of this tape cleaning-up, let me point out that (a) most of the sample lyrics and on-stage comments I quoted in the previous reviews were ones that I couldn't even make out until I received this remastered disc, and (b) in terms of number grade, the cleanup work alone raises The Three Doctors from 6 to 8 and Bust Our Music! from 8 to 9. In other words, even if you own the vinyl copies, you NEED this. With fresh ears and crisp audio, you won't believe how many times Gregg mentions Richard Nixon."

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May 15th, 2009

Zip Code Rapists Sing and Play The Three Doctors and Other Sounds of Today
reviewed by Jay of Detailed Twang.

"I went to some pretty early shows by them, and they were a total blast. Again, Turkington’s humor is “anti-”, as they say, sort of like the shtick that guys like David Cross and others would do later in the 90s, but far more uncaring & far less seeking of external validation or attention. The music, which was atrocious and pretty much a total afterthought, took a complete backstage to whatever Turkington was ranting about stream-of-consciousness style onstage, or whatever cockamamie lyrics the guy had cooked up on the spot...I always was bummed when the drunken audience (a drunken audience that naturally included me) would hoot so loud at the band that I couldn’t hear what Turkington was saying. If you listen to the live songs on the band’s atrocious first record, “SING AND PLAY THE THREE DOCTORS AND OTHER SONGS OF TODAY”, the crowd is totally whipped into a frenzy by the comedic shitstorm on stage.."

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May 7th, 2009

Zip Code Rapists Sing and Play The Three Doctors and Other Sounds of Today
reviewed by Chris of Album Du Jour.

"Now, there’s something about punk rock that always turns me off, and I think I have figured out what it is. If you look at something like the British television show The Young Ones or see the films from those guys, that’s the kind of chaotic “anything can happen and will usually hurt someone” attitude that punk rock is supposed to project, but most, if not all the bands out there who gave “punk” a name are just pop artists with less talent and more piercings. To me, real punk rock is two guys, who met while working at the same small-time chemical plant (no joke), banging out a chord-change-every-few-seconds rendition of the Ford Trucks commercial song “The Best Never Rest”. This song will define a moment in your life, and you will be enriched.."

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April 20th, 2009

Love Got In My Way - reviewed by Tim Hinley of Dagger Zine.

"...It has taken over 3 decades but here it is, reissued in all its glory with a fantastic, informative 16 page booklet. Of the 11 songs my favorites are the snappier, upbeat ones like “Thinkin About Me, Thinkin’ About You”, “Mother Nature” and “Live It Like It Is” but there is honestly not a bad song in the bunch. The string arrangements are gorgeous and Joe’s vocals have some serious range (I was not kidding about the Scott Walker comparisons). If you’re thinkin’ a redneck Tom Jones with a bad suntan and too much chest hair you’d be wrong, these songs are truly worth hearing.."

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August 15th, 2008

Love Got In My Way - reviewed by Timothy Flynn of The Flint Journal.

"Lovingly restored by the folks at Portland, Ore., reissue label Eabla Records, who include a 16-page booklet containing the full story of the project's strange origins and demise, "Love" serves as a fine document of Joe's hapless musical world."

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