Format: 12″ EP
Label: Sozyamuda Records
Price paid: $5
Purchased at: Angry Mom Records, Ithaca NY
Lots of Tacos, lots of kreplach
You’re a man now so baby let’s rock!
I must admit I knew little of the Sic F*cks before picking this up. Oh, I’ve knew of their name for decades now, so naughty that you couldn’t even spell it correctly in mixed company. I wasn’t sure what to expect… or how listenable it could actually be.
Upon spinning the disc for the first time I was pleasantly surprised. Grinding, screaming death metal? Hardly. Ok Russell Wolinsky’s voice is a bit rough, but this is rather melodic and entertaining. Sort of a cross between the Rezillos and Rocky Horror with a healthy dose of Cramps. Campy and fun, tongues firmly in cheeks. The backing of vocals of NYC icons (and sisters) Tish and Snooky Bellomo* go a long way towards tempering what would otherwise be more like a wino and a set of drums being thrown down the stairs.
- (Take Me To) The River
- Insects Rule My World
- Spanish Bar Mitzvah
- Rock Or Die
- Chop Up Your Mother
What can be said about the album artwork that can’t be gleaned by even the most casual observer of the provided images? Both classy and trashy, charming and alarming. I’m not sure why this (admittedly obscure) vital piece of NYC punk was relegated to the five-dollar bin- so new it looks like a reissue- but I’ll take it!
*Fun Fact- In 1977 Tish and Snooky opened the store ‘Manic Panic’, a boutique specializing in punk clothing. A variety of musicians from Blondie to Cyndi Lauper have worn their designs. Their store brand alternative hair coloring of the same name has graced the heads of countless counterculture trendsetters.