Everything is right with this record. It has fast, catchy tunes and it is honestly a very fun record.
Hello my fellow kilSters and welcome to another edition of Desert Island Thursday! Today on Desert Island, we take a look back at San Diego’s own, Rocket From The Crypt and the band’s 1992 major label debut, Circa: Now!. Rocket From The Crypt (Speedo • guitar/lead vocals, Petey X • bass guitar/backing vocals, Apollo 9 • saxophone/backing vocals, JC 2000 • trumpet/backing vocals, and Ruby Mars • drums) formed in 1989 and released their first album, Paint As A Fragrance in 1990, but it wasn’t until 1992’s Circa: Now! that the major labels started to pay attention. Circa: Now! was/is a balls out rock record. Everything is right with this record. It has fast, catchy tunes and it is honestly a very fun record.
the song ends with a unified chant of “Smoke pot, smoke pot, everybody smoke pot!”
Circa: Now! included what was to become a minor hit for the band (“Hippy Dippy Do“), but that was no real indication of how excellent the rest of the album was. Hell, I’ve had friends who owned this album back in the ’90’s and whenever I would discover it in their collections, I would remark, “Great record, isn’t it?” Their response would ultimately be, “Yeah man, I love that “Hippy Dippy Do” song.” Yeah, okay, but what about the rest of the album? Fucking crickets. I swear it’s because of stupid people like these who would buy the album and not investigate the record beyond “the hit” that Rocket From The Crypt aren’t bigger now. The album is chockfull of memorable tracks. Let me rephrase that, Circa: Now! is a memorable album. I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite song, the whole album is just classic. Not even that I like doing this because there are no bad tracks on the album, but “Don’t Darlene” would make my list of what should’ve been a radio hit, but alas wasn’t. You want more? How about the song “Glazed“? “Glazed” is a clear reference to the joys of smoking marijuana, and in case you didn’t get it, the song ends with a unified chant of “Smoke pot, smoke pot, everybody smoke pot!”
My sadness dissipated when Rocket From The Crypt came back in 2011 officially reuniting on all places, on a children’s television show, Yo Gabba Gabba!
Circa: Now! is as raw as the band that created the music on this album. It’s bare bones rock. No fancy gimmicks or interludes to fill out the record. No, no, Circa: Now! is all killer, no filler. After 16 years of rocking the fuck out of eardrums, Rocket From The Crypt called it quits in 2005. I was very sad to say the least, but huzzah! My sadness dissipated when Rocket From The Crypt came back in 2011 officially reuniting, of all places, on a children’s television show, Yo Gabba Gabba! Kid’s shows are fun, the band was always fun so I guess it made sense for them to re-emerge the way they did.
…go beyond and really allow the music take you where it will.
Rocket From The Crypt are more just this one album. Their whole discography should be celebrated on a daily basis. Their music does not have the power to change lives, but it has been known to make lives just a little bit better just by allowing yourselves to give in to their brand of rock. I don’t make that statement lightly. There’s only a handful of bands that I have said that about and meant it, and just so there’s no confusion, yes I really do mean it when it comes to Rocket From The Crypt. All it will take for this band to hook you is Circa: Now! and I have no doubt that instead of just hanging on the accomplishment of one radio hit like “Hippy Dippy Do” that you’ll go beyond and really allow the music take you where it will.
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