search by
artist  album title  keyword
trouser press
Home
Reviews
What's New
Trouser Press Magazine
Message Board
Links
FAQ's
Merchandise
Contact Us
XML
 
 

JOHN TRUBEE AND THE UGLY JANITORS OF AMERICA (Buy CDs by this artist)
The Communists Are Coming to Kill Us! (Enigma) 1984
Naked Teenage Girls from Outer Space (Restless) 1985
The Deserts of Utah [tape] (Space & Time) 1985
Strange Hippie Sex Carnival (Ger. Musical Tragedies) 1990

Best known for his inspired 1984 novelty single "A Blind Man's Penis" — a deranged spume of dada vulgarity given an inanely straight country-western reading by one of those songs-from-your-lyrics mail-order companies — guitarist/keyboardist John Van Zelm Trubee, a frequent Zoogz Rift associate, has assembled several albums of his crank phone calls, puerile rants, rude noises and misanthropically deranged musical efforts. The Communists Are Coming to Kill Us!, which collects up odds and ends dating from the mid-'70s through the mid-'80s, is intermittently listenable but more frequently an offensive embarrassment.

Well on the way to working out his juvenile fixations, Trubee comes nearly correct on Naked Teenage Girls from Outer Space, a relatively serious jazz/rock horns'n'guitars album with perfectly reasonable — actually quite attractive — instrumentals and a few songs which manage to avoid such previously typical subject matter as genitalia and regurgitation. Even one raucous noisefest makes some artistic sense. If not for the inclusion of a couple of obnoxious telephone pranks, Trubee's creepy past would seem to be entirely behind him.

[Ira Robbins]
   See also Zoogz Rift