Destroy All DJs

by: B.P. vs. Effcee

Brian Perera, who founded Cleopatra Records in 1992, and drummer Fred Coury -- from the '80s heavy metal band Cinderella -- are B.P. and Effcee, their monikers taken from the first two initials of both men's names, (with Coury enlisting Christina Kartsonakis as part of the Effcee ensemble -- also making for another F.C. -- Fred & Christina). With a look and feel much like Jello Biafra's compilation creation Let Them Eat Jelly Beans, the creative cover art is a take-off on the Sex Pistols' God Save the Queen with the title coming off of the 1968 Japanese horror flick, Destroy All Monsters! (which was also the name of a band featuring Stooges' guitarist Ron Asheton ). Well, Iggy & the Stooges actually show up performing "Gimme Some Skin" followed two songs later by Ray Charles, just to give you a hint of the eclectic leanings of this "war" between B.P. and Effcee. The music does the unthinkable, and what made Yoko Ono's Walking on Thin Ice such a tremendous hit in the clubs -- taking many non-dance tracks and making them interesting, entertaining and even essential -- is what's happening here. "All Tomorrow's Parties" might be considered "sacred ground," but it is wonderful to hear Nico's dark Goth voice cutting through the quagmire like Darth Vader. The full four minute and fifteen second version of this excellent Apoptygma Berzerk electronica track from Nico's All Tomorrow's Parties disc on Cleopatra shows up here for a mere 59 seconds, but even as a cameo it is a highlight. Song sequences that never could have been played on mainstream radio prior to this effortlessly work in harmony, The Shangri-Las' classic "Give Him a Great Big Kiss" precedes punks the girl group inspired -- the Runaways with their "Cherry Bomb" and the Ramones' "Judy Is a Punk" -- while following Effcee's slick and catchy "Perfect." Anything goes in this blend, but it all works -- their cleverly adding Kim Carnes techno-romp of Jackie DeShannon's country tune "Bette Davis Eyes" right after Razed in Black and Bow Wow Wow perform two different renditions of "I Want Candy." From Queen to "Frank Sinatra" (the song, not the singer), the roller coaster continues, and it is mucho fun, especially hearing the Archies' underwater version of "Sugar Sugar" or Out of Phase reinventing "Another Brick In the Wall, Part II." The front cover on this first disc and its sequel, Destroy All DJs 2, has an order to "kill the d.j." on the bottom left. Anarchy reigns with punk slogans plastered inside the 12-page "booklet" which looks like an artifact from the mid-'70s new wave movement. Great fun. ~ Joe Viglione

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