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Murdering Hell's Happy Cretins (SST 211/Vinyl)
First side live in Holland, second side dead in Los Angeles. The sleeve notes are impressive, so is the Pete Bruegel cover. Yeah, Zoogz has it sussed... people who say, "I'm not into possessions", and worry themselves stupid if someone's got something they ain't... The people who have a creative side, but are terrified of their so-called pals seeing that they write poetry, draw, etc. Safer to conform, and be dull and unhappy. Some good stuff on here and Zoogz has a moving voice, especially on "When My Ship Rolls In" and "Alienation" (also some sweet trombone just before, on "Story of a Soldier"). Zoogz changes tack with the likes of "Sleazeball" and "Mongoloid Middle America". Side 2 has some more anger, and a couple getting turned on by Beverly Hillbillies - pretty disturbed people. "One of Us" is a two-part instrumental. Good musicianship by all concerned, and Zoogz is a mean guitar player, a regular guy, and one to have a pint with.
- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 6, No. 3, Autumn/Winter 1989
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