URANIUM CLUB: The Cosmo Cleaners: LP

A couple of years ago I had the good fortune to be sitting in the kitchen at Razorcake HQ sipping a Tecate when Todd put on a record. “I think your really going to like this” was all he said. That was my introduction to The (Minneapolis) Uranium Club. It’s safe to say that Todd has edited enough of my reviews over the last fifteen (?!) years to be an authority on what I am going to like, and he was correct. I was hooked instantly. I am a huge fan of the weird. When I first got into punk rock, as much as I loved Dead Kennedys, Misfits, and Sex Pistols, I was also drawn to Butthole Surfers, Scratch Acid, and Nomeansno. Uranium Club is straight up weirdo shit and they’re glorious. The Cosmo Cleaners is out there. Disjointed chaos yet laser focused. For a moment I found myself wishing I still got high because this album would be a blast while blasted. As a whole, I don’t think this album is as good as All Them Naturals but that is a pretty tough album to beat. That said, tracks like “Flashback Arrestor,” “Man Is the Loneliest Animal,” and “Geodesic Son” are absolute rippers and the twelve minutes-plus “Interview with the Cosmo Cleaners” is a journey, to say the least. Another winner for the bastard sons of Devo, Minutemen, and XTC. –Ty Stranglehold (Fashionable Idiots, fashionableidiotsrecords.bandcamp.com)