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Scared Straight [045778647927]

  • 1. Hammerless Nail
    2. Bachelor's High
    3. Professional Againster
    4. Cultural Elite Sign-Up Sheet
    5. Jukebox Lean
    6. Jeers of a Clown
    7. Look Alive Jive
    8. Staring Down the Gift Horse
    9. Shoot the Offshoot
    10. Drop What You're Doin'
    11. Telephone Numbrrr
    12. Wrest Your Hands
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 86479

  • Credits
    ProducerNew Bomb Turks
    EngineerDon Depew

    Personnel: Eric Davidson (vocals, percussion); Jim Weber, Matt Reber (guitar, background vocals); Brian Casey (trombone); Derek DiCenzo (organ); Bill Randt (drums, percussion).
    Recording information: 609 Recording, Cleveland, OH.
    Photographer: Chas Krider.
    An unlikely signee to pop-punk label Epitaph, the Columbus, Ohio garage-revivalists New Bomb Turks unleashed this furious debut in 1996. Inspired as much by early rock & roll rabble rousers like the Sonics as by cult underground cinema, and infused with a witty sense of humor ("Jeers Of A Clown"), SCARED charges ahead on a fittingly straightforward path of double-time tempos and dirty but crisply chugging riffs. Eric Davidson's sleazy vocals and sarcastic lyrics ultimately distinguish songs like "Professional Againster" from the Turks' boilerplate Gen X peers.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (8/23-8/30/96, pp.124-125) - "...Sure, there are plenty of other outfits working similar territory, but the Turks really are special--and smart enough to know that throwing a bit of Stonesy raunch into their post-hardcore mix is no crime." - Rating: A-
    Alternative Press (12/96, pp.83-84) - (out of 5) - "...a 90 m.p.h. midnight ride down a country road, 100-percent corn-fed white-trash thrash--in short, fun with a capital `yeeee-haw!' just doesn't get any better than this..."
    Option (11-12/96, p.120) - "...foremost in the Turks' brand of blistering retro-rock is their inescapable punk foundation. That's punk as in garage rock, the MC5, the Stooges, the Pistols, Bad Brains and Minor Threat....the Turks are among this decade's most genuine practicioners of the form..."
    Melody Maker (8/24/96, p.41) - "...Discarding their straight-ahead punk rock shackles on this, their fourth album in three years, NBT manage to create a soundtrack for an all-in wrestling match: in the red corner, Chuck Berry and Howlin' Wolf; in the blue corner, Black Flag and The New York Dolls..."
    RIP (10/96, pp.71-72) - 4 (out of 5) - "...The bottom line with [SCARED STRAIGHT] is that once its kickin' 36 minutes are over, you're not sure what hit you. And that wild attack is what the Turks do best."
    NME (Magazine) (8/3/96, p.44) - 8 (out of 10) - "...bashed out in an ace, intelligent kinda way--Ohio's New Bomb Turks are the thinking man's punk rockers....SCARED STRAIGHT is their masterpiece....marries raw, pure guitar slinging to enormous feel-grrreat dynamics..."
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