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Bazooka Jones

Detroit, Michigan, United States | SELF

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Just give it a listen, kids! - breakthruradio.com


The laughingly brilliant Bazooka Jones album that stuns the senses and twists the fingernails with it's audacious abundance of vocal supremity and exceptionally tight rock n roll musicianship is truly something to behold!

I had no idea music this good actually existed outside of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame which no longer impresses me as long as Bazooka Jones remain unfeatured, unplaqued, and unawarded for their significant accomplishment in composition, performance and production... it's a band to crave for at a time when such major audio cravings have become the stuff of legend!

The album quite simply blows you away and I'm here to elucidate..

Pants off is a song that's dangerously close to being too utterly fantastic for words with it's Shirley Manson style vocals from the delightful Viagra and some rather swirlingly cool guitar work courtesy of Bullethead. You get all the usual icing too... smart bass and drum work but the spectacularment is in the arrangement... dead cool! Then of course there's some rather nice early Blondie/Debbie Harry reminiscences in Your baby (she wants me) complete with the Bazooka styled tongue-up-the-skirt lyrics you're going to expect from here-on-in!

Another fine piece of work is delivered courtesy of Love up which is quite commendable for the excellent vocals and for the faithfulness to the 'go-go-ish' era arrangement and then with Swinging on the moon.. you get neck tingles as Viagra's vocals sooth and swoon at a nice casual pace alongside the guitar and bass work. The lyrics are truly brilliant.. and you don't have to be that attentive to agree entirely!

Goodbye Mr Niceguy has you wishing you weren't reviewing one CD but a whole Bazooka Jones collection cos it's at this point that you realize you're half the way through this magnificent CD and that's not good! Watch out for the superb guitar bits and the equally superb harmonies over the top of Ms V's mouth sounds!

These boots are made for walking is of course the one you're thinking of but not the one you're gonna get... BZ's arrangement is actually quite superior to most versions I've heard to date and what it is that makes that challenging statement true is the spectacular tightness and meanderings of the guitars, drums, and sock splitting vocals! It's a cool version guys... you know it.. we know it too!

Bazooka ride has the stamp of wonderment all over it! A brilliantly inventive way of displaying just about every smart thought in the form of lyrics that keep you in awe. Then there's that amazing 2.15 bit with many a hat off to the producer (Geoff Michael) for his wonder work at the desk thingyo. Again, Viagra handles the mouth bits with ease and again the arrangement is very very superb!

Girl on fire is the track that Elley Wilson introduced me to before I got to hear the rest of the CD and the one that made me go 'Ohhhhh yeeesssssss!' The black and white videos coloured in years later come to mind when I imagine this one being performed on the telly... very true to form, very true to Bazooka Jones. Life of the party and it's successor Drive-in boy meanwhile, are two classic examples of very fine songwriting and musicianship in a world that's been losing classic songwriting and musicianship at about the same hourly rate as the life-protecting ice sheets! Then.. for added enthrallment we have the fantastic Perfect one - an amalgamation of the best of the sixties and the seventies and today. Watch out for Viagra's dynamic and enthralling vocal work... dead nice!

The last track on this brilliant collection of ear and thought and humour candy is Babyfoolaround which really should be out there at the top of the 'othercharts'. It's not just the innovation that makes Bazooka Jones so stunningly mesmerizing... it's the fact that they managed to produce such an excellent album inspired by earlier eras that fits beautifully into this era that blows you away.. and Bazooka Jones do it with ease!


Colin Lynch - August 18 2007
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- Colin Lynch



This is a high speed ride of infectious Blondie-esque and Ramones influenced power pop that keeps the pace up from beginning to end. It is our duty however to point out that this CD does come with a 'Parental Advisory' warning, although frankly I would have thought the cover itself would have been enough to put off the easily offended!

"Pants Off", is a raucous no nonsense song that gets you rocking along with the band from the outset. Among the other highlights is "Love Up" which strangely has a slight do-wop feeling to it; the almost gentle and more subdued "Swinging on the Moon", and "Life of the Party" with a compulsively catchy rhythmic beat that sweeps you along. To be honest this is really an album of highlights.

The album also features a superb and manically aggressive, yet all too short, version of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking". Well, if you really must cover a classic song then you should make the effort to do something original rather than just imitate.

With this release Bazooka Jones may have put the 'bum' into album, but they've certainly left it out of the notes!!

Bazooka Jones
Bazooka Jones
Rock Off Records BJ-CD-31462
2006

Review by: Bluesbunny

*5 carrot rating
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You gotta keep your eye on Detroit, rock city... Fronted by a 4' 11' rock and roll dynamo Viagra and backed by the crunchy, guitar attack of her 6' 3' ventriloquist dummy Bullethead, the band delivers in spades, both sonically and visually. Viagra's velvety vocals resemble a cross between Natalie Merchant and Debbie Harry. Bullethead's strong guitar work support the basic melody and the opener "Pants Off" sets the right tone. The colorful/menacing visual images of the band don't quite match up with the guitar pop that gets too light on occasion ("Swinging On The Moon"). I expected something more Southern Culture on The Skids, and get something closer to The Donnas or Vibeke. And that's fine with me. In fact the hooks and harmonies are in full force on "Goodbye, Mr. Nice Guy" and the bouncy "Love Up." These are great pop songs and Bullethead does get to go a little Van Halen on "Bazooka Ride" and a wild cover of "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'." The drums keep a steady beat and help put together a string of great songs like "Girl On Fire" and "Drive In Boy" with a heavy emphasis on the "power" in power pop. Fans of Garage pop and female lead bands mentioned above should pick this one up. - Powerpopaholic/April 2, 2009


December 8, 2007 - Saturday


CD Review
Current mood: aroused
Category: Music

Bazooka Jones
Gots What It Takes; Knows How To Use It

Bazooka Jones is one of the most exciting bands on today's scene. Their brand of hook-laden rock and roll thunder and Gore-Gore-Girl group retro is a refreshing return to music that can get you revved-up and thinking that life can be fun after all.
At center stage is a foxy beautiful singer with the non de plume of Viagra. Well, I'd swallow that pill any day, stiff neck and all. She flat out sings her ass off, completely free and uninhibited, like the love shack child of Reg Presley and Kate Pierson. She possesses a marvelous range that allows her to sing like Chrissie Hynde over the power chords, hiccup like Holly or whisper sweet and Lolita-like before the music kicks-in

Hey…OK … I gotta admit - I jones for Viagra but this band is more than the sum of its parts. Each player contributes significantly to the overall sound, feel, look and vibe of Bazooka Jones. Sure, they look a bit oddly drecked out and surreal but that only adds to the fun and helps obscure a sometimes deeper message about commitment, love and the primacy of relationship. It could put off a fan base that comes of age plugged in, turned around and seeking a quick fix.

The guitarist - Mr. Bullethead Jones - is fantastic, slamming out power chords like a skinny Van Halen riffing as if his life depended on it. He crafts stinging solos that hit that E-string with a vengeance yet never neglects the bass line, giving his sound a sonic depth that Kenny Olson would give his left nut for. His power and plunder virtuosity recalls the ascendance of our early guitar heroes before the big hair and trickle-down lies of the eighties would ramp up the discord and change our country forever.
This is much more fun.

The drummer Billy Love is an absolute powerhouse Bonham-eyed monster of a time keeper. He pounds them skins like Johnny Wadd giving it to Misty Dawn for about the umpteenth time and ol' Misty getting' off on the last thrust just as much as the first stroke. Love's beat packs more wallop than a Chuck Morris roundhouse kick and wipes out any doubt that this band came to town to rock yer socks off.
Bazooka Jones is a bizarre-looking, genre jumping testosterone fueled band led by a mighty she-girl and they got more balls than Denny Laine coming on to Lovely Linda with the old man sleeping-it-off in the next room. In other words, they rock.

Their debut CD is a nuclear-powered sonic landscape akin to Apollo 11 blasting off to the moon @ G-Force. The opening two tracks packed the most unexpected and powerful 1-2 wallop since Cheney shot his best corporate buddy in the ass back in naught-six. Pants Off opens the disc with a ferocious gut wrenching gale-force power that takes my breath away and gets me thinking about takin' a cold shower. This steroid-enhanced chest-pounding slam-fest is a direct descendant of Stepping Stone, Paul Revere's version, with Mark Lindsey puffed-up and growling like a wild banshee, only Viagra has him beat by a mile. She not only steps up the heat she sets the whole place on fire, Ooh Poo Pah Doo this!
She Wants Me continues the stab-in-the-chest primal ear shattering glory that any died-in-the-wool Kinks fan could appreciate. The sexual ambiguities in the lyrics are a total orgasmic turn-on… and great fun.
Love up has a fifties bee-hive girl group feel that could even get a rise outta Spector as he sits strapped-in and ready to take the juice. This is sing-a-long song with a great rhythmic vibe. I can envision the dance floor filled with "girls and boys makin' tons of noise, shaking their bones to Bazooka Jones". Hell…even I shake my groove thing to Love Up…and I thought I lost it a coupla months back at Walmart. Oh baby!! Swinging on the Moon is power pop ballad sung sweet and pure and it makes you believe in love, at least for the moment. The singer's been around the piss pot a few times and isn't sure she can find the handle. She does… but her grasp is loosening.
Goodbye Mr. Nice Guy is one of the best kiss-off songs I've ever heard. It's filled with a wondrous dialectic with tongue firmly in cheek e.g., anytime is the right time to say goodbye or he likes to see her cum, she likes to see him go…AMEN sister girl! That rehearsed nicely nice boy is a bit creepy - wonder what's beneath the mask - a future Bank of America executive?
The lone cover, a heavy version of Lee Hazlewood's These Boots Were Made For Walking, flashes a memory of Nancy Sinatra dropping the microphone on Sullivan, bending over to reveal her lovely cantilevered and mini-skirted derrière– and at the very moment she mooned the screen - sales went up to a half million! Truth.
Bazooka Ride is the most blatant attempt to fashion bubblegum leer-ics in the best tradition of Kasentz and Katz but it also seems to tag some autobiographical material like pink guitars and whammy bars - the Legend of Bazooka Jones?
Girl on Fire is a break-up song – a song of liberation, freedom the shackles of a controlling relationship. And Life of the Party seems to fit nicely as its companion piece. It might be telling the story of Edie Sedgwick and her central role in the Warhol myth. But it could be about any person with ambition who confronts a dilemma and has to make a choice.
Drive-in Boy opens with a drum riff straight outta the Human Beinz' Nobody But Me. This is a grievous tale of role reversal. The girl is treating the boy like boys treat girls. Damn sex objects - love Viagra's panting pastiche that recalls Reg Presley's lascivious moans on Strange Movies, a great Troggs song featured on Bowie's '73 Midnight Special TV show.
Perfect One is a rollicking ballad about love and commitment – when two become a couple…the perfect one. A song guaranteed to get your foot tappin' and put a smile on your face.
BABYFOOLAROUND is a funky fun tribute to the Troggs with shades of Come Now (the MC5 powered-up version) and a glorious mid-song riff borrowed from Wild Thing - a great closer to one of the best CDs of 2006 (and 2007).

Bazooka Jones is currently recording their next album worth of tunes. Stay tuned! Check them out @ www.bazookajones.com or myspace.com/bazookajonesdetroit.

Peace,
Bo White - Bo White


Discography

'Bazooka Jones': Self-titled debut album released 2005
Available for physical and digital distribution worldwide via CD Baby.com

Stereola: Sophomore album released in the spring of 2009.
Look for the re-issue of this album with less fillers (covers),
more BJ originals, and a new look and title...
'Cockadoodle Pussycat' : Fall 2012

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In the great big world of rock and roll, Detroit is a city known for its gritty garage sound. Local rags are teaming with pictures of bands in worn jeans and clever t-shirts, leaning pensively against brick walls...each hoping to resurrect the spirit of the MC5 or become the next White Stripes. Bazooka Jones is not one of these bands.

Blending the best of raw garage rock and well crafted power pop, Bazooka Jones have created a deliberately trashy form of rock & roll that is proud of its own disposability. Three and a half members, playing three and a half chords for three and a half, hook-laden minutes at a time. Like an off-color, rock and roll class clown, Bazooka Jones is the band you hate to love.

Fronted by a 4' 11' rock and roll dynamo Viagra and backed by the crunchy, guitar attack of her 6' 3' ventriloquist dummy Bullethead, the band delivers in spades, both sonically and visually. The pumping rhythm section of Billy Love (drums) and Killer Clyde Varney (bass), lock these power pop gems into a serious groove with 'swagger' to spare.

If you prefer power pop that's heavy on the 'power' and garage rock that still knows how to 'roll', then this is the band for you. An infectious bombast reminiscent of early glam/punk bands like T-Rex, Sweet and The Ramones that manages to deliver a raw, contemporary sound that brings to mind such bands as The Donnas, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Hives.