Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kung Fu Killers
Now More Than Ever/I Want To Go
Raise High The Black Flag/Break Down The Walls
Hippies in Punk Clothing/Welcome To The Prison Planet
Get Used To It/Your Bullshit
Feel My Fists, Feel My Fury/Shock Xpress

set of 7” singles
Zodiac Killer Records

My first thought on receiving this vinyl quintet from Whippany, New Jersey’s Kung Fu Killers: five singles? Why not just release a full-length and save yourself some artwork? But the cartoon instrument-wielding rock ‘n’ roll ninja on the sleeves is pretty great, so, yeah, okay, I get it. (Incidentally, the band did release an LP, Fists of Fury, with the ten songs here and three covers. So if you want to play it in the car, buy the CD; if you feel like flipping a goddamn record after every song, buy the singles. It’s completely up to you. The singles do include stickers, though. And a patch! I doubt the CD comes with a patch. Again, your choice, bucko.)

But it’s not always about the free stuff that comes with the singles, is it? Sometimes it’s about the music…So what we have here are ten songs that sound like they are straight out of the early 80s hardcore punk scene. And if there was ever any doubt as to the band’s influences, you have to look no further than the lyrics to Raise High The Black Flag, which cleverly molds the names of every single one of them into a punk-politico manifesto (ie) “Raise high the Black Flag-Necros all over the world/While Bad Brains politicians-do their Circle Jerks/Give them a Christian Death-like Germs in the Void/It’s a Negative Approach-yes a Negative Trend.” Etcetera. (They do the same thing in Feel My Fists, Feel My Fury with kung fu movie titles. Brilliant lyricists, these guys.) So if you happen to be an angry, disaffected youth, you might want to give these records a spin. Or maybe borrow your dad’s copy of Damaged. Your choice, bucko.

- Holly Engel

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