As an early ‘80s zinester, i got plenty of weird promo records that were this sort of angular, herky-jerky, Devo/Flying Lizards-damaged, post-new wave/pre-industrial post-punk art-school twitching and spasming, often fronted by a female vocalist of dubious vocal appeal. Nine times out of ten, i wound up selling them for pennies on the dollar at the local used record emporium, since they weren’t cool hardcore records, and were, to be honest, largely annoying. Once in a while there’d be something cool ((no examples come immediately to mind, which might go a long way in conveying the depth of my disinterest in the genre)), but, by and large, i thought these records were a senseless waste of avant-vinyl. Fast-forward thirty years. Somehow, for reasons unclear, the Medical Tourists have not only mastered the fine art of sounding like angular, herky-jerky, Devo/Flying Lizards-damaged, post-new wave/pre-industrial post-punk art-school twitching and spasming—hell, they’ve got a song called “Permanent Press,” know what i’m saying?—but they’ve also managed to create an album of this kooky shit that is absolutely rock solid from stem to stern. I mean, there is NOT a bad song on it, and the actual craft of the production is impeccable. This is wholly without precedent! There were barely any good 45s that sounded like this back in the day, let alone a whole freaking album! This album will do the same thing for whatever the hell genre it’s in as the Epoxies first record did for its far more sultry and humanoid counterpart! Thank you, Medical Tourists, for opening the floodgates for years and years of annoying herky-jerky music to come!!! Hope you get that bargain liver you’ve been wanting. BEST SONG: “YSIG” BEST SONG TITLE: “Elect Reject Object.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: The record’s intro is provided by Rerun honcho Jason Ross’s dad, Ron. Ron used to be a DJ on WKAU-AM when i was a kid, therefore, it is possible ((though not verified)) that it was Ron Ross who played “Do You Wanna Dance?” by the Ramones on WKAU the day i heard punk rock for the first time. How’s THAT for cred?
–norb (Rerun / Import/Export)