Zippy Josh And The Rag Tag Band - Stupidville

Published Saturday 14th October 2017
Zippy Josh And The Rag Tag Band - Stupidville
Zippy Josh And The Rag Tag Band - Stupidville

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 14689-26006
LABEL: Screaming Giant SG108

Reviewed by Ian Webber

Originally released in 1999, this 12-track offering has recently become available once again for fans of a more relaxed approach to punk music. Refusing to stick to a single style, Ventura County's Zippy Josh and his friends are difficult to pigeon hole. As an acoustic album there are definitely the edgy elements of punk, but also pop and praise and worship. This individual sound has been described by some as "the Sex Pistols meet Bob Dylan." Opening with "Soup Of The Day" a driving strum takes the lead over a bouncing bass line. The stripped back feel has not dated in 18 years and is refreshing in its unpretentious and creative feel. Skiffle-like rhythms are maintained in the title track which tells the story of a new convert and will get your feet tapping. Zippy Josh's vocals are delivered with punk phrasing but without an angry edge, sitting nicely on the laid back vibe. I particularly enjoyed "Fire In The Sky" that has some folk guitar riffs that paint a more melodic picture and offers changes in pace and mood. Throughout, the recording is bright with an almost live clarity. I did, however, find that as the album progressed there were one too many songs that sounded similar and consequently failed to hold my attention.

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Reader Comments

Posted by bill in chicago origionally from cali @ 17:22 on Jun 13 2007

hey im bill i used to sell t shirts with my 2 sisters sara and leila so i hear you might go to c stone im going the little rocker

Posted by tim duran in las vegas,nv @ 21:00 on Jul 31 2006

hey, i just saw this on a search to see if josh was still doin stuff.
i am the original bassist for josh...and have not been around since we disbanded in 2000 or '01.
i am happy to hear that we're on the radio still and as i say "i do love the underground" cuz the U.G. never dies.
thanx for listening and i am open to anything..i am currently on the worship team at calvary chapel green vally in henderson,nevada on wed. nights.
much love from above.

Posted by RADIO BUZZED in CALIFORNIA @ 20:53 on Apr 27 2006

Zippy Josh This is Chris Seaward From Radiobuzzed.,com

You made it to the top ten on Radio, We been haveing a hard time getting in Contact with you
Could you please email us and let us know that you are still playing together.
Also we would love to come out to one of your shows, Doc Hollywood really Likes your Tunes !

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