Tuesday, September 14, 2010

ZOOGZ TOOZDAY 3: Ipecac

Start HERE! (If you haven't already)

This is the 1984 album (named after a medicine used to induce vomiting) that got me into Zoogz, so it's a sentimental favorite. And I owe it all to the track "Sit Down And Shut Up," which was a bit of a hit on L.A. radio at the time, and a good place for neophytes to start.

We begin with the title track instrumental: a synth & vibes duet followed by some free-jazz guitar skronk that, amazingly, was sampled by rapper The Game. The
synth & vibes dueting continues on "Sunday Brunch With Fuad Ramses," a song named for a character in the exploitation film classic "Blood Feast."
"Sit Down And Shut Up" is 8 minutes of syn-drums, catchy tunes, some of Zoogz' finest singing, and a devastating parody of a frat-boy knucklehead encountering Zoogz & co. It's also a bit of an '80s time-capsule, with references to KROQ, the Club Lingerie, Pac-Man and numerous trendy bands of the time.

Followed by: dada spoken-word; a relaxing instro that becomes increasingly psychedelic; and then another fave, the 11-minute "I Was The Only Boy At The Teen Girls' Slumber Party." It's as juvenile as it's title, but the music, based on Eric Burdon & War's "Spill The Wine," is a stone-cold groove. Slide guitarist Scott Colby's dobro, and Indian tabla percussion add
some unexpected colors to the mix.

Then: "No Use," an almost straight-ahead rocker, with typically pained whining vox; a Christmas carol that Johnny Mathis will not be recording; and finally a vein-popping Rift screaming
"you fucked up!" over furious punk-jazz. Phew!

Zoogz Rift "Ipecac"

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

So I'm researching this guy...he was on SST?! How'd that happen?

I use to listen to college radio a lot when it was SST-obsessed, but dont remember this guy...

bigfootkit said...

In honour of Zoogz's absurdist sense of humour, how about making Zoogz Tuesday a twice-a-week event?
The seven day wait is killing me!
Many thanks for all your work.

Mr Fab said...

bigfootkit: Ha!

anon: Oh, yeah, forget to mention he was on SST; which is not so weird when you consider how much jazz-influenced stuff they were putting out at the time: The Minutemen, Saccharine Trust, Sonic Youth, late-period Black Flag...

Rick said...

I am really digging the Zoogz Rift posts! Thanks for the introduction to his music. How I missed out on this I do not know.

Grk! said...

Thanks for all these uploads! Only just got round to listening to Zoogz properly. Started with 'Island of Living Puke' just t'other day & am looking forward to lots more.

Mr Fab said...

You're getting ahead of the class Grk! that albums coming up this Toozday actually.

Anonymous said...

Fudge, for some reason I am unable to download Ipecac.

*Sad trombone....*

...Mr Fab said...

Try again anon, just worked fine for me.

Did get a hell of an annoying pop up, tho. Hope mediafire doesn't go down that road...