BOB: The Things That You Do: 7”

Obscure Bay Area punk from 1980. This is a really well put together reissue of their first single (comes with an informative interview with Dumb Records founder, and members of the band). Fans of Mutants, Catholic Discipline, early Tuxedo Moon, even Devo, will really like this. It’s arty, dark, noisy, and catchy. Some might call it “new wave.” Whatever. This is pretty good. As I listened to this I couldn’t help wonder why I had never even heard of this band before. Going off the two songs I hear here, I’m pretty certain BOB could have held their own quite well with the best of ‘em. The title track details the yuck of relationships, and the flip, “Thomas Edison”—whoever thought a vibraphone could be used so effectively in a punk band?

 –M.Avrg (Rerun, rerunrecords.blogspot.com)