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Album Review

Those feeling the itch to be offended by the album title, cover art and non-PC tunes like "Love and Egg Roll" should hopefully be pacified by the fact that this Brooklyn-based trio of gleefully trashy garage punks are themselves of Asian heritage, lending it all an overtly tongue in cheek aspect. The results on Yellow Fever Blues sound like a melding of early Ramones and the first Dictators album: stripped-down three-chord punk infused with a cars-and-girls trash aesthetic and some old-school metal influences that make the whole thing either terrifically dumb fun or ridiculously juvenile, depending upon the listener. The one thing the album lacks is either of those bands' knack for bubblegum pop hooks, which is a shame: catchier tunes would keep these 12 songs from blending into each other as much as they do.

Customer Reviews

The Spunks Rock!!!

My band, The Psycho Nubs, played two shows in one night with the Spunks in Indianapolis...February 2005. The first show was at Bubba's Bowling and the latter was at The Melody Inn. (The Melody Inn: Worth the trip if you're ever in Indianapolis and want great live music.) The Spunks are good dudes and put a great live show. Their energy is unbelievable! And it wouldn't be a true Spunks show if dildos didn't appear from time to time. Favorite moment: Pouring beer in Joji's mouth while he was ripping it up on the bass all the same. BUY THIS ALBUM OR DIE!!!

good album from a GREAT live band

I've seen the Spunks live three times, and they are incredible. 'Tis a shame their U.S. visas ran out, hopefully they can come back soon. That being said, this album is good, and I would recommend purchasing. Although I'm a little suspicious of the song "Habanero Junkies", which sounds kind of similar to Thee Michelle Gun Elephant's "Revolver Junkies". Could just be a coincidence, I guess.

From the Gaijin of the group

7zark7 (G Force!) - you may well be correct in being suspicious. I've never heard this particular TMGE track, but my band mates Haji and Joji were/are huge fans of that band, to the point that I got rather tired of hearing thier CDs endlessly in the van on tour (to me, most of that bands songs sound too alike and I got bored of them rather quickly). Can't say I ever noted the song you mentioned in particular, but I may well have heard it. And I've noted one or two times in the past that a particular part of a given song (haji wrote all the songs) was somewhat similar to a TMGE progression. So you are probably right! It's a shame we broke up, as I think by the time this record came out we were starting to evolve into a more interesting band, and the new songs (which were never recorded) were some of the best we ever played. Cheers from the ham sandwich of the band! AL

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