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WHAT'S FOR DINNER LP
01. What's for Dinner
02. Mary Tyler Moore Show Theme
05. Shit don't Shink
06. Surf Nazi
07. Crack Me Up
08. Brain of My Own
09. Acid Head
10. I Am
12. Astrological Geek
13. Electric Shock
14. Dying the Empire Way
15. Pins & Needles
16. I Forgot
17. Don't Pick
18. Drunk or Stupid
19. Bag Lady Love
20. Fucked Up Dreams
Label: Jimboco Records
Cat #: JLP 8401
Familiar guitar riffs and a good drum beat - you've heard it before but something about this band does it so good. They do a copy of the theme to the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and have some damn good lyrics that I can relate to. This band is on the verge of something wonderful!
-Hudley (from Flipside #45, Spring 1985)
So, which of our wealthy readers is going to pop for a first class fare so I can check out theses guys?!! I am really curious if their cartoonish humor and energy, so wonderfully abundant on this record, comes across in a live setting. I certainly hop so, because these characters remind me of the Ramones on their epic Rocket to Russia record, except that TMA have moved up their music to a straighforward mid-tempo thrash level. However, as demonstrated by TMA, such themes dealt with by the Ramones in 1977 as surfing, mental illness, poverty, and suicide are just as timeless today.
-Joe Henderson (from Ink Disease #9, Summer 1985)
Who are these guys? Well, whoever they are, they really shred. TMA play totally fast, gnarly thrash with lots of hooks 'n' tunes. Tight and clean, too. The lyrics are typical "punk rock," bitchin' 'n' moanin' 'bout everythin'.
-Tim Yohannan (from Maximum Rocknroll #19, November 1984)
This is a band that is punkrock. Not punk (pause) rock but punkrock, slurred together, fast and slightly sloppy. Slightly fun. The titles are interesting: "Surf Nazis" and "Astrological Geek" to name a couple, and the lyrics aren't bad either. It's a shame they're not enunciated a bit more clearly so people can make them out. The music is run-of-the-mill, but it's tightly executed with the enthusiastic vigor that only a punkrock band can have.
-Carol Schutzbank (from Factsheet Five #24, November 1987)