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Crispy Ambulance
Scissorgun
Darla Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
After disbanding in 1982, the members of Crispy Ambulance went about their separate business, but because of the re-release of two past albums, they reassembled for a reunion show in 1999. Soon thereafter, they were recording once again. The product: Scissorgun.

I'm not going to pretend I had ever actually listened to any of Crispy Ambulance's music prior to receiving Scissorgun in the mail a couple of weeks ago, despite the fact they've been around since 1977. I've heard about them, but we all know that means absolutely nothing. The band has been around even longer than I have, and still most music lovers have never even heard any of their albums, though they might have heard of the band and of their supposed (yet non-existent) similarity to Joy Division, who they'd opened for sometime in the late-seventies or early-eighties.

But if you want the truth, I would have been fine not hearing them. Crispy Ambulance is not awful or anything, but if you're like I am, you don't need, let alone want, to hear anything that you're not going to love, or at least like a lot. And not twenty years after their point of relevance.

Crispy Ambulance has made a decent record. I'll give them that. While listening to Scissorgun, you'll think, "This isn't so bad. I guess I'm happy I heard of them." But you won't be. You could be listening to something better. I promise. After taking it out of your stereo (you won't listen to it twice in a row), you'll put it in a drawer or on your desk or something, where it will get piled under papers or other albums, and will be forgotten. Not because it's horrible, just because it isn't great, or even memorable, for that matter. When you look back on Scissorgun you won't remember that the drumming in "Re-animator" is great or that "Parallax" is engaging the whole way though, and definitely not that it's a damn good song. You'll remember it as that post-punk ex-Factory Records band's album where nearly all the songs get incredibly repetitive and vocals are so fucking annoying sometimes you almost can't handle it.

Alright. You probably won't actually be angry. But I truly doubt you'll put it back in your CD player. You have better things to do.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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