PERSONAL AND THE PIZZAS: Raw Pie: LP

Here’s the CD/LP version of the cassette released a few months ago, a compilation of their singles. The cover has been changed (doubtful that Iggy Pop knew his likeness—munching a slice—was used on the tape, or even some of their 7”s.) The Pizzas throw Stooges riffery on top of Ramones rhythms and sing in New Jersey-like accents. Plenty of songs about pizza, as you would expect (“7.99 for Love,” “I Don’t Wanna Be No Personal Pizza.”) As a native New Jerseyan, I questioned these West coasters using Guido shtick, but their fan club has a Hoboken address, so maybe they really are from the Motherland. I’m glad this record finally came out. I have most of the 7”s, but not the tape (my tape deck broke long ago and I don’t see the need to replace it.) I don’t understand the cassette resurgence the world of rock‘n’roll seems to be experiencing; smacks of hipster douche-ism to me (what, vinyl isn’t exclusionary enough?).

 –guest (1-2-3-4 Go!)