PERSONAL AND THE PIZZAS: Raw Pie: LP

Nov 16, 2010

There is a law of diminishing returns when it comes to gimmick bands. Both in the sense that with each new joke band and with the longer the band exists, the less valuable the joke becomes. Of course there are always outliers and Personal And The Pizzas is an outlier. Their shtick is clever and original: three greased-up and leather-clad lunkheads from Hoboken, NJ with a particularly fierce hankering for the Ramones and, of course, pizza. It certainly helps that the band has a keen sense of humor (a sense of humor about themselves, specifically, and of punk rock, generally) and that the music is treated well and is quite fantastic, showing real admiration for bubblegum pop and proto-punk songs about cars and girls (and for four of the songs here, pizza) that the MC5, Dictators, and Ramones perfected. I find that with their nudge and wink they themselves display greater authenticity with that which they lovingly lampoon than the generations of punk rockers who so fiercely try to re-create and live within the narrow confines of what Personal And The Pizzas smirk at on Raw Pie.

 –Jeff Proctor (1-2-3-4 Go!)

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