ZIP CODE RAPISTS

Sing and Play the Three Doctors and Other Sounds of Today

(Eabla - EAB102) CD $13.50

From their supposed beginnings as a Doors cover band from Texas, to their shameful years of bloated excess, to their acrimonious breakup and inevitable decade-later reunion, this CD details the hope and anger, the trauma and triumph, of this quintessentially American folk-punk combo. In addition to their astonishing 1992 debut LP Sing and Play the Three Doctors and Other Sounds of Today, this CD compiles the overlong 7-inch The Man Can’t Bust Our Music (1993) and the inexcusably short 12-inch 94124 (1995), all of which have been lovingly remastered for today’s more discerning listener. This deluxe package also includes previously unheard outtakes and compilation tracks, four songs from an incendiary 1993 show at CBGB, and a touching tribute to Seals and Crofts from a 2006 reunion show. Includes 16-page booklet with liner notes by Will York, and a rub-on ZCR tattoo, which can be worn for a day, or cherished for a lifetime.

ZIP CODE RAPISTS

The Man Can't Bust Our Music

(Ectoplasm - ROV004) 7-inch $12.00

It'd be sheer folly not to defer to Mark Prindle on this: "Named after a godawful CBS Records ad line from the late '60s, the second ZCR release is a teeny little 7-inch with ten studio songs crammed onto it. It's very diverse and never gets boring. The ZCR originals include: a gentle tribute to Che Guevara; a throbbing hard rocker about kicking in the heads of audience members; a haunting piano instrumental by a man who can't play the piano; a needlessly offensive British nursery rhyme; a free-noise snippet; a country-western advertisement for a hotel frequented by the Zip Code Rapists. The cover tunes include: Pablo Cruise's 'Good Ship Pablo Cruise' (or rather, one line of 'Good Ship Pablo Cruise' sung over and over and over); John Lennon's '#9 Dream' as sung by the 'Hijinks' computer from Gregg Turkington's Great Phone Calls LP; Stephen Foster's 'Old Folks At Home' sung through a toy megaphone; a hideous dirtball rendition of The Monkees' 'Listen To The Band'."