CRESCENDO: Jim Jacobi – Crap Detector Jim Jacobi’s been making music for over 30 years & I gotta know how he continues to come up with new ideas & things to sing about. Some of the tunes on Crescendo have a bit of a poppy feel, some are a little Cow Pokey and, some just plain rock! He snarls and bites back, at politics and the insanity that life has to offer. If you don’t find yourself singing along, you’ve gotten too old. He’s penned the anthem for 2010, Facebook. It’s a good old fashioned sing along. You’ll find yourself pining “Why?” along with him. It’s the product of a true social networking experience. There’s a video too (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2wdcYm4FLQ). Patrick Louden shines and stars as the de-friended. I wasn’t fond of Track 18 & usually forwarded through it, it is a noise scape done with a keyboard. I did enjoy the poppy organ added to several of the songs. It added some whimsy while not compromising the venom. Jacobi totally rocks live … Track 21, UFO Abduction was recorded live in July 2010, in Louis Bar (Club) in Omaha, NE. I hear that he’s already working on his next offering … Shredding guitars, caustic lyrics, snarling vocals … Yep, it’s Jacobi & I love it!
http://www.babysue.com/2011-Jan-LMNOP-Reviews.html#anchor80068 Jim Jacobi-Crap Detector - Crescendo (Independently released CD-R, Pop/rock) Crescendo has been released to celebrate Jim Jacobi's 60th birthday (?). Hard to believe this underground icon has been at it this long. This is Jacobi's 22nd release...and it's a keeper. Unlike most musicians who alter or change their style to become more accessible and make money, Jacobi has stuck to his guns...writing and recording hard driving underground fuzz pop/rock with plenty of biting sarcasm in the lyric department. Considering the fact that Jim was one of the very early home recording artists, you would think that he would have received more recognition (?) for his contributions to underground music. It's probably because he was never picked up by one of the ultra-cool labels...or because he probably always chose to play the game his way. Crescendo stomps out twenty-one tracks of fresh loud underground pop in true Crap Detector style. Plenty of fun stuff here...but our own particular favorites include "Center of the Universe," "Religious Psychosis," "Insects Before the Storm," and "Passive/Aggressive."
As you know CD baby asks the artist to describe their CDs.Well I wasn't as good as I could have been so they decided to do a blurb themslves..This is it...... Every song is an all-out blitz of gritty guitar, driving drums, rumbling bass, and greasy saxophone. Rock: Psychobilly. Jim Jacobi. Crescendo ... www.cdbaby.com/Style/748
THE CRAP DETECTORS, “Live Crap: The Jim Jacobi Chronicles 1980-2003” (Forreal Music BMI) No matter what year it is, local punk rock legend Jim Jacobi can be found fighting the good fight. since 1978, his band the Crap Detectors have been on and endless quest to educate the masses (albeit In Jacobi’s own ruthless way) on the government’s Ineptitude, media misrepresentations of pop culture and mainstream America’s bullsh*t. The second volume of “The Jim Jacobi chronicles” starts in 1980 with “Superficial World”, “Neighborhood” and “Burning Anger” and culminates with 2003’s “Bad attitude” and “Love turns to Hate”. The raw aesthetic of each track is a testament to Jacobi’s authentic punk-rock backbone and proof that some things never change. Jacobi is still pissed. Kyle Eustice City Weekly May12-18, 2010
When Jim Jacobi left Seattle, we were all a little heart broken. I'd gotten to know Jim & his band. We played some shows together, we drank together, we had some good times. There was the infamous $7.00 show. There was the show we played at Jack & Jill's in Lake City ... the club burned down a week after we played there. I was always amazed with Jim's guitar playing ... He could play anything, rock, blues, country, pop & do it convincingly! His ability to write and deliver a sneering lyric is second to none! The Crap Detectors were one of my favorite bands. Then Jacobi moved to Nebraska & I no longer has the screaming guitars, sneering vocals with smart & funny lyrics backing them up. I no longer had the rhythm section (2 hot women) laying it down at my disposal ... Until now ... "Live Crap" is a collection of live tracks from between 1980 & 2003. I've got the screaming & sneering back, and I don't have to go to fucking Nebraska to get it! I wish some of the stage chatter had been a little clearer, if I remember correctly, some of the stage chat was as dangerous as the music! Some of my favorite tunes were not included which are: Eyes & Dangerous Man ... Maybe on the next release. When you listen to "Live Crap" you'll understand why I loved the Crap Detectors so ... My favorite tracks are: Someone's Sick (4); Jen X (10); and Love Turns to Hate (15), which says it all! Mary McPage (Seattle, WA)
“One of my few decent high skool experiences was American Literature class with Mr. Burns. He actually liked intelligent students, and encouraged me to write actual opinions on his assignments instead of parroting another book report. When he asked the class why Tom Sawyer was viewed as an American hero, I wrote it was because he lied, and manipulated people to get what he wanted. Watergate era or not, Mr. Burns told me I was the most cynical person he’d ever known; yet I’m told he cited my Sawyer essay to later classes, long before I mutated into Jello Biafra. Once he asked me, “where did you get your ability to analyze people?” I said it was from being a lone wolf outside the circle, watching how others played games, followed mindless trends and went out of their way to make fools of themselves in an endless Escher drawing gone drastically wrong. Since then, few people I know of have maintained such a dim third-eye view of our mindless rodent- like consumer behavior as JIM JACOBI, best known for his (mostly) punk project, The Crap Detectors. And Detect they have, starting clear back in 1978 with the debut L.P. “Victims of the Media.” It is not only one of the earliest and by far the rarest American punk L.P.’s, it is also the only one I know with a taped-on cover printed on one of those old ditto machines. Remember the aroma? It seems like very few punk collectors who know them from their “Police State” single and numerous “Killed by Death”- type bootleg comps have any idea Jim and the Crap Detectors catalogue is so vast and so deep and continues with the same vision to this day. “Victims” opening title track sets the table for all to come. “Grade A” punk with occasional one of a kind forays into vintage avant-garde electronics. If anything, creating in near-total isolation seems to have sharpened both music and message, with songs like “Eichmannism”, “Slave of the New Wave”, “Want, Want, Want”, “Bitchy Mommy”, and even a pre-Tipper Gore caution on the back, “May be to (sic) intense for some people….Deprogramming may occur.” The second seven-inch from ’81 is “Expatriates from Reality”. The follow-up is adorned with a junkyard photo of old broken toilets and includes “Equal Opportunity Paranoiac” and “Feed the Rats.” Even the more straight rock L.P.’s are called “Superficial World”, “Diseases on Display” and “Cut the Crap”(long before the Clash sort of copped to theirs) with songs like “Terrorist of the Heart”, “Intellectual Morons”, “Feeling Amputee” and more. All this when hardly anyone was hip to the now-worshipped underground explosions going on in London, New York, S.F. or L.A.—Let alone the cultural Death Valley of Lincoln, Nebraska. Even in punk, very few artists big or small ever turn their lens on their peers, let alone their own audience. Jim does this in spades. He didn’t even hold back when he ventured beyond the Cornhusker Curtain and relocated to Seattle in the 90”s at its Flannel Hollywood peak. Instead of falling in with all the cool people hanging out on the street corners practicing their “I’m in a band” pose, he took on Grunge. Now back in Nebraska with no “ I was in a band in Seattle dude” pose to cloud his work, Jim continues to hit many a nail on the head in ways I wish I had thought of myself. I respect him because he’s smart, he won’t back down, and remains deep down a genuine human being who still gives a shit. Against all odds and mainstream common sense, Jim continues his efforts to deprogram us from our anthill Disneyland so dumbed down, people actually want to become victims of the media. They even audition for it. But does Jim Jacobi give up or suck it all in? NO. Which is all the more reason why this better not be Jim or the Crap Detectors’ last album. Yours in Frankenchrist…. Jello Biafra “
A cultural dictionary of punk 1974-1982 by Nicholas Rombes 2009 “Police State” Released in 1979, the single “Police State”(b/w “Set Program”) Was the product of Jim Jacobi of Lincoln, Nebraska, who played all the instruments except drums, which were played by Herb Hill. He called the project Crap Detectors. It is a low, fuzzy crunchy song with a guitar solo that is savage and careens like a car with no brakes speeding down a mountain side. That solo is like listening to the MC5 through cabin walls. There are simulated gunshots and sirens at the end. “Corporations want you to take it/Justice for the rich/That’s the hitch,” he sings and you wonder about all the space around Lincoln, Nebraska. “Set Program” is a synthesizer heavy drone, with Jacobi’s voice coming across like the computer HAL from 2001;A Space Odyssey speaking from Hell. At moments the song reminds you of DEVO, if Devo had been locked in a dark castle for years and learned to play dark castle songs. No, this is not, strictly speaking, punk music, and yet it shares with seventies punk the radical unfamiliarity that came with the do-it-yourself ethic. And this is the strange and sometimes wonderful thing about music like Jacobi’s. just because it was made in basements and other familiar places by people sort of like you and me, does not make it any more populist than the overblown music of groups like the Eagles or Yes. For at it’s best, music like “Set Program” manages a level of alienation that arena-rock bands spent careers trying to achieve.