BOB: Self-titled: LP

One of the odder, artier bands to emerge from the San Francisco punk scene in the early 1980s, BOB’s full recorded output is compiled onto this essential reissue. Both of their singles are included, as is their 1983 LP, Backward. Creepy, funny, and very new wave, their signature sound features dual male/female vocals and a vibraphone. My introduction to BOB was via an old Target Video compilation with a music video for a bizarre track of theirs called “Danger City.” It’s one of those haunting, eerie, inexplicably morose clips that were prevalent in the early video era. Rerun Records delivers BOB’s discography with remastered audio and awesome, poster-sized liner notes. Punk scenes used to produce high art like BOB. This reissue is an interesting horizon-expander for sure. –Art Ettinger (Rerun)