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Classic Album Review: The Zoobombs | Bomb You Live

The Japanese funk-punks remake history in their own image with this live release.


This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


They say those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. But what if you just dig history and want to relive it?

That’s the situation Japanese garage funk-punks The Zoobombs find themselves in on their new live album recorded at Toronto’s landmark club El Mocambo. This Tokyo quartet are nothing if not students of musical history. Indeed, their propulsive, frenzied funk workouts and scrappy, feedback ’n’ grit delivery make it clear they’ve been majoring in James Brown, with a minor in Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Toss in a few no wave footnotes, some blues and even a Stones reference in the CD title and you’ve got a graduate thesis in getting down on the good foot. And proof that one man’s doom is another man’s dream.