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Zodiac Killers – “Society’s Offenders ” – [Rip-Off Records]

Max Level   1/2/2006   A Library, CD

San Francisco punk rock quartet. Probably somewhat tongue in cheek, but then again maybe the ZKs are serious. Either way, this here is a CD full of catchy, sleazy fun. Snotty vocals and shout-along choruses, with “oh yeah!”s and “1-2-3-4!”s on practically every song. Leader/bassist Greg Lowery writes the lyrics, tackling subjects such as nuclear war, S&M, the news media, capital punishment, solo sex, genetic mutation, modern fast food convenience, and more. Occasional female vocals courtesy of guitarist Ruby Tuesday, who complains about boyfriends on a couple of songs. The music is sturdy punk riffing: a little Ramones here, some Buzzcocks there. Even the ghost of Johnny Thunders sits in on guitar from time to time. Track 11 is a cover of an Undertones song.

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