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Another genius release from the original "King Of Psychobilly" Mr. Jim Jacobi... Ginger Coyote-Punk Globe magazine   2011



Jim Jacobi's latest (A Case of Sour Grapes) is like spinning the radio dial back when radio programmed something other than banal sameness: each song is widely different from the one preceding and the styles he accesses span musical genres. The rage at hypocrisy and various other human idiocies is a consistent theme, but the anger seems less heated than in previous albums, tempered by a witty lyric or riff that bring a smile. There is more pleasurable listening here than gnashing of teeth." 2015      J. M.



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Watch Jim’s YouTube video featuring
“Telepathic Cat”


Check out IMDB.com — Jim is in credits for two movies and working on another.

video-In memory of the telepathic cat


 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.  Baby Sue  2011


Doesn't Work Well With Others is a compilation of some of Jim Jacobi's work from the late '90's to the present.  It is a sampling of Jacobi's music and is an excellent place for someone unfamiliar with the Crap Detectors and the Joe Jakimbi band.

 Jacobi's guitar work has a tendency to awe.  He has a Coltranesque command of scales (also possessing Coltrane's speed) but these scales are more purposeful than the saxophonist's; they support a lyric.  Jacobi is a lyricist, and his exceptional guitar work brackets or highlights his message. The message is simple, universal:  people are deeply, irrevocably flawed and the institutions they construct reflect these flaws.  I personally don't find "punk" anger in Jacobi.  I detect a kind of disgust that is more mockery than anger and (if one is in the right frame of mind) one can almost detect bemusement.       Jack  Noalme July 2015



I just listened to THE CRAP DETECTORS-32nd TIME IS A CHARM—I had to check this guy’s website—THIS GUY’s been doing his own independent, cool music since the 70’s!  Now I’m going to have to buy some of his earlier stuff!

This CD is a bunch of different styles with some Eastern Indian influences on some songs, punk rock, instrumentals, you name it-he does it….and does it really well!

The lyrics are definitely original, some sharp, bitter, ANYTHING but PC—?but MOSTLY fun with clever construction of songs with a dim view of society’s drones.  Each song is as unique as the last song. I was very entertained and have become a big fan!! Well done, Mr. Crap Detector!

T. Persie   2015

The  beginning of 2017  38 releases with 490 songs  published and recorded. Not even considered for Nebraska music hall of fame.    ????

Been listening to it on my drive to work. I've been enjoying it! Haven't listened to the other one yet. I'm always amazed at how prolific you are! As always, the lyrics are awesome   Bob Jordan on Thirty second time is a charm. Bob lives in Seattle.



   Jim Jacobi is fixated on the internet, and his disdain for social media is a pervasive lyrical theme in his work. But, on the internet, meaningful content can drown in a deluge of subjectivity and manipulative lies, and words lose their power.  Given this, it is no surprise that Jacobi has done an instrumental album:  he is taking a break from words and lyrics, catching his breath.  That being said,  "Not A Word" is worth having for anyone interested in Jacobi's music.  It is a toolkit, and one familiar with Jacobi's work can easily imagine his voice and lyrics laid atop the 15 eclectic tracks.  The songs seesaw between chordal structure and ever-so-slightly constrained chaos.  The opening track belies the rest of the album; it is tightly structured, and has a "bouncy" almost happy feel.  Then, track 2 takes us into one of Jacobi's aural dystopias.   And so the album goes.  Shifting between styles, keeping the listener off balance.  There are points where Jacobi uses the random, franticism of a saxophone in a fashion that is almost like lyrics; it sounds like an hysterical argument with the guitar.  "Blues in a Red State" impressively demonstrates Jacobi's mastery of a genre he seldom indulges in.   The album closes with "No Hope."  Judging by the liner notes, this was Jacobi's mood during the creation of this album.  But the closing song features a carnivalesque organ which (at least I choose to believe) indicates that the "show" is coming back to town.    The anger at society that inspires and propels so much of Jacobi's music will not be smothered: it is smouldering and will reignite.


If you are tired of yelling at the TV set, check out Jim Jacobi's latest CD. Not a Word. Like Frank Zappa's 1981 classic, Shut Up and Play Your Guitar; this is the music without the lyrics. Jim had always been interested in musical composition, including synthesizers and electronics, and this CD has plenty of that; but Jacobi's strength has always been the guitar, and there is plenty of that on this CD. In case you are unaware of what is on Jim's mind, there are like 37 previous CDs with plenty of words, but if you need a break from the news, put on this CD and let your mind drift....  Brad Krieger


Bob Jordan says of 32nd time is a charmThe CD is awesome ,  I am glad there is a Jim Jacobi in this fucking corrupt world. I look forward to hearing more music from your perceptive and unpretentious mind. Keep at it Jim! Your music is always up to date and relevant. I have good memories of watching you perform, and UFO Abduction was always a favorite. It has been over 20 years now. Wow! Where did the time go?"  Bob lives in Seattle


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeQ1FapKO64&feature=share&list=UU6vmmxZ9s_i6nluXV9wXsrQ&inde x=2

PLEASE WATCH............This is a Jim Jacobi mini documentray. Roger Mah from Rhino records is doing an article about “Victims” and “Police State” (1977-1980) He says “I’ve interviewed plenty of bands over the years. I am happy to report that everyone I spoke with regaurding  the crap detectors only had complimentary things to say about you. Which is highly unusual in my experience.”


New 2017 review

  Close on the heels of "Sleeping," Jim Jacobi has produced another album, "Ugly World."  It shouldn't be surprising that Jacobi is so prolific; his muse is the stupidity of our society.  His sonic palette continues to vary widely from song to song, an abrasive rocker gives way to almost atonal ambient music which (by the end of the track) has begun to coalesce and then might segue into something almost "jaunty."  Jacobi's slashing guitar runs are the nervous system of this beast, in the background, they rise to make a frenzied contribution, then drop away. 

    Make no mistake, our recently elected orange wannabe overlord is the target of much of the lyric content in this album.  "Sleeping" referenced the Bloated one quite often.  The difference is "Sleeping" was penned during the campaign and "Ugly World" after the election.  It's hard to remain indignant when "nothing changed in 40 years" (Plagiarized) and there seem to be moments when Jacobi's anger flags. Vile as our new leader is, he was elected, and occasionally Jacobi's habitual disgust and rage seem to taper off into something like despair, "so it ends with a whimper not a scream/by all the horrible people that are obscene" (Cultural Civil War).

    "Ugly World" is a welcome addition to Jacobi's opus.  While his themes remain consistent, the manner in which he presents them is ever-changing, and one is always curious about the next "document." Noel Jalnack


    On the eve of the first presidential debate, Jim Jacobi has produced a single called (I doubt anyone familiar with his work will be much surprised, "Deplorable." A nice piece of music for anyone with a taste for the genre (I thought the guitar solo at aprox. 3:20, emerging from the background, very impressive as much for its sheer sonic qualities as it was as yet another demonstration of Jacobi's technique) with lyrics addressing and defining our presumptive president.  Towards the end of the song there is (I thought) an overlong instrumental leading to fade-out:  I could have used more lyrics describing our (at least in his mind) savior.   The debate is tomorrow:  when the disgust becomes intolerable turn the sound off the television and play Jacobi's song over and over. . . and if Trump somehow wins this thing you'll remember the night you did so and it may provide some very small consolation..  review by Moejif   Janick

I've been listening to the Crap Detectors since the early 80s; I even designed posters and rode around town posting them with my sis (Carole Zacek, Jim's sig O) on a vintage tandem bike which was ripped off by some punk chumps. THAT really pissed me OFF!! well, it pissed us all off. nonetheless, those were the days of "SOMEONE'S SICK" and guess what... someone IS STILL SICK ABOUT A LOT OF STUFF!
Jacobi's gingerly orchestrated selection includes new classics such as, "JUST LIKE D" played in the key of A major behavioral lunacy; "GOD-AWEFUL OPPRESSIVE PEOPLE" which is a supportive bowel movement to "J to the L to the D" that violently passes to the point that you will be reminded TO VOTE intelligently; and "SLEEPING 2001-2009" as a jolting wake-up call... "just what are you thinking, this time?"
CELESTIAL is a lofty lyrical delight and surprise, like a gift inside a box, inside a bigger box, inside a biggest box, until it's ultimately exposed! a delicate heart, mind, soul... wandering about the gardens of this planet, veiled in cat hair and common thread; which weaves us into the final curtain fall and bow to an endless starry night sky, only to say goodbye.
The lyrics reminisce of quintessential JACOBI over the decades which deem them classic in the Crap Detector annals and Jim as a master performer. Finally, the squirrelly nature of Jacobi's writing style shall remain bemusing, entertaining, provoking, and often politically instigating. BUY IT NOW!
Good night, cats n' jammin' kids! and remember, don't sleep like sheep.    Lou Anne


Listening to Jim Jacobi's latest offering, "Sleeping," I am amazed at the stamina of indignation.  Jim revisits familiar themes, the stupidity of the masses, the way social media and the internet facilitate and encourage the stupidity of the aforementioned masses.  The spectre of Donald Trump looms, but he is only a manifestation of a far greater problem that will remain (and grow) after he leaves center stage.  As always, the music is carrying the message, and Jacobi seems to be trying variations, like a safecracker seeking the right combination, attempting to find something that will take the lyrics into a listener's brain, effect a change.  There is digeredoo, theramin, a saxophone with effects, and always, always, Jacobi's guitar, a furious flurry of notes and chords.     "Sleeping" is pure Jacobi; listenable, enjoyable, and familiar to those that know his work. But, in all honesty, Jacobi's DIY sensibility makes it unlikely that his message will resonate as our society values production over content, slickness over meaning.  Someone once said, "life is a shitstorm and art is the best umbrella."  Jacobi will continue to create, he is an artist and can do nothing else (there is an aside on the album where he says, "give me an excuse to play my guitar" and that says it all) even though he is is the midst of a storm whose hailstones are the size of bowling balls.     No matter, Jacobi's musicianship makes vitriol palatable.   Review by Moe Jalnick  2016

Jim Jacobi has done it YET again!!! Complex layering of all instruments, crazy clever lyrics, and even more clever composing of melodies, harmonies, rhythms along with use of unusual instruments such as a didgeridoo and a theramin.  HE REALLY JUST DOESN’T QUIT!!! From the first song- GOP-(Godawful Oppressive People)-you hear his cleverness and sense of humor that keeps you on your seat til the very last song-JUST LIKE D….(it’s NOT what you think it is!!)  Jacobi’s intenseness continues as he brings his criticism of the danger of following the herd in SLEEPING. Jacobi takes his 6-string out of his holster and aims it at the seething mass of narcissism and hypocrisy where corporate greed and dumbed down reality shows have become the lay of the land.  Jim Jacobi has released countless CD’s-of which I own a lot of them!  I’m glad he doesn’t get tired of writing brilliant songs that are not just fun to listen to-but he’s so amazingly spot on with his often cynical lyrics-his music is NOT for the faint of heart or for the commercially “pop” music industry!  As he so aptly titled a song on another CD—“Have I offended you?  I HOPE SO!!!”  If Frank Zappa were alive today –they’d probably have a lot to talk about.  Jacobi plays all instruments himself-(except sax and didgeridoo), writes all lyrics, mixes everything himself-a walking one-man band/recording studio.  If you haven’t noticed by now, I have been a big fan of Jim Jacobi/Crap Detectors for years—keep going, Jacobi!  When I say “You ROCK”---I MEAN “YOU ROCK”!!!!!          Drew Cartomi


Once a crap detector, always a Crap Detector. Sleeping is the latest cd from the ever vigilant Jim Jacobi. What used to be scrawled on bathroom walls is now plastered on facebook for all to see and worship as the truth. Instead of productive dialog, call your opponent a jerk post an unflattering photograph. Game over, point,set, and match. For the last 40 years, Jacobi has been pointing out the hypocrisy, and bullshit dished out by the mass media. The more things change, the deeper the crap stacks up. A pizza-slinging great white hunter(Tusk and Claw), may get you down, but Jacobi's sizzling guitar solos and fast pace rock and roll always leaves me smiling, optimistic. As long as there are crap detectors out there, there is hope.


   A Jim Jacobi album is an aural amoeba:  as moments pass, one listens to a constantly shifting document, each song radically different in form than the one preceding.  There is, however, consistency to be found in Jacobi's fleet fingers, his guitar's arpeggio eruptions, and his themes are familiar:  control, hypocrisy, the deification of idiocy.    Listening to "In Memory of the Telepathic Cat" made me sad that William S. Burroughs (an over-the-top cat lover) is dead:  Jacobi puts to music what Burroughs spent a lifetime writing about.  This album would have been a cool gift to give the old junkie.. Jose Halack

"        Jim Jacobi's latest (A Case of Sour Grapes) is like spinning the radio dial  back when radio programmed something other than banal sameness: each song is widely different from the one preceding and the styles he accesses span musical genres. The rage at hypocrisy and various other human idiocies is a consistent theme, but the anger seems less heated than in previous albums, tempered by a witty lyric or riff that bring a smile. There is more pleasurable listening here than gnashing of teeth."   J.  M.

OON THE PSYCHO PATH OF LIFE--reviewOn the Psycho Path of Life review

    That That That is,is Nothing; is Something! Since I have a mini moog  myself (realistic) I understand how much of the sound was generated which makes me appreciate even more, what you did did did with it. And of course, the guitar works great whenever you use that with it.... Brad Krieger


Y e a h, I enjoyed your latest CD. I especially like the spoken word/abstract stuff you've been doing for the last few projects. Very strange and interesting creations. Don't stop making music, Jim. The world needs more people like you! Remember, Van Gogh wasn't understood in his day, but he created unique, beautiful, and original work that took time to catch on. You know how it is...most people need to be told what to like. So, I wouldn't spend much thought on being liked or not. You are a truly creative person, so keep on creating!! To hell with everyone else! Bob Jordan—Seattle music lover, connoisseur and artist.


II’ve recruited Jim Jacobi and his Crap Detectors to play this evening as I have been wanting to see them play a show since I last saw them this past summer. A punk rock, garage and psycho billy legend of over 30 years, Jacobi is known and respected in underground music around the world. He has opened for Wayne Kramer, Reverend Horton Heat and The New Bohemians. Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedy's is a fan and has written liner notes to releases for Jacobi. He is one of the best guitar players I have seen and is backed by a crack band. If you need a post holiday release-this is it.


Longtime Omaha punk rock/DIY rock icon Jim Jacobi has put out a new Crap Detectors' album Crap Detectors Vs. Parrotman. The band will play a release show Saturday, August 11th at Mojo Po's, 6118 Military Ave. The CD is Jacobi's 24th release and can be purchased at CDBaby.com.


We swung over to the Sydney to capture underground punk legend Jim Jacobi and his Crap Detectors. It's fierce, angry punk rock from a guy your father's age. Marq and I were blown away by Jacobi's guitar playing — the guy can shred even in a three-cord rocker.



Ginger Coyote   Punk Globe Magazine   Sept.2011 “Prelude to the End of theDawn of Destruction” CD

Another genius release from the original "King Of Psychobilly" Mr. Jim Jacobi... This is the 4th solo project that Jim Jacobi has released... Jim who hails from Omaha Nebraska is exploring with his music with different types of musical genres.. This CD has many hidden homages to other musicians and musical styles.. Let's hope that track #18 "The End Is Near" does not happen soon because I feel we need more Jim Jacobi. Ms. Carole Zacek who can be heard doing back up vocals on track #11 "Stupid" also helped design the cover with Mr. Jacobi.. Jim has only one request and that is you PLAY IT LOUD

Every song is an all-out blitz of gritty guitar, driving drums, rumbling bass, and greasy saxophone. Rock: Psychobilly. Jim Jacobi. Crescendo ...

Jim Jacobi from Omaha, Nebraska is a true to the bone musician and he has made it his mission to give the world his own brand of garage music... Hi band The Crap Detector's do well playing a mixture ska, punk, jazz and grunge on this CD... Jim Jacobi like the late Buck Naked (Buck Naked and The Bare Bottomed Boys) is doing his best to make Nebraska proud... Celebrating over 30 years in the industry this is Jim Jacobi/ Crap Detector's 22nd release... Jello Biafra has written liner notes for several his releases.The band has opened for Wayne Kramer, Reverend Horton Heat and The New Bohemians... He has been called one of the most underrated people in music..The music is fun gritty with a true sense of humor... Help Jim celebrate his 60th Birthday check this release out now.... You can find the CD at CD Now..... By: Ginger Coyote

Punk globe

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." BabySue 2011


“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


  Jim Jacobi is pissed. Record labels, the government and music industry in general is under attack. As the mastermind behind punk rock outfit The Crap Detectors, the veteran Omaha musician uses all of his pent up distaste for mainstream America to fuel his music. Since 1977, Jacobi has spit out record after record of authentic, anti-establishment punk anthems to moderate notoriety within the local punk scene. Beginning with the epic Victims of the Media, Jacobi is now on his 20th release, a testament to his dedication to his DIY ethics. He has refused to sign to a major label instead preferring to release them on his own. A close friend of Dead Kennedys’ front man Jello Biafra, Jacobi is the real deal.

 “There aren’t too many people who enjoy somewhat tongue-in-cheek, absurdish punk music,” he says.

But for those who do, Jacobi is back with his follow-up to It Got Too Deep! and it’s as raw as ever. Cleverly titled Cornfield Savages, the 25-track LP is oozing with elements of alt.country, punk rock and weird, electronic interludes. The album starts off with a T.S. Eliot excerpt from “Hallow Man” called “The Decline and Fall of Everything,” an introduction perfectly suited to set the tone for the rest of the album. Noticeably different is the prominent use of slide guitar which was encouraged by Biafra himself.

“Cornfield Savages is the remaining songs from It Got Too Deep! plus some new material with a lot of slide guitar work,” he explains. “I put in the slide songs after my last phone conversation with Jello who complimented me on my slide work on a previous release.”

 However, Jacobi’s eternal sense of humor is still firmly intact. With song titles like “Endangered Feces” and “My Dead Cat,” not every song is a serious rant against the system. In fact, underlying almost every track is a subtle sense of irony that the listener must pay close attention to in order to appreciate. Jacobi is actually quite funny. Combined with his unmistakable messages of “fuck the system,” his style is original and genuine. Cornfield Savages is just another slap-in-the-face example of Jacobi’s punk-rock power and endless pursuit of true independence in every sense of the word.

Kyle Eustice     Review for Omaha City Weekly April 29th 2009

Brad Krieger  Professor/Artist/Musician

  • I've known you what, 32 years...
    And through all that time
    you have remained consistent with your sound
    and determined with your message...
    The fucking Frank Zappa of Omaha!
    Always pointing out the flaws in the system,
    and things that are fucked up about society.

    One has to admire that. And I do.
  • I also like the keyboard work, you always
  • Have a lot of variety in your instrumentation,
  • Not just guitar and drums….
  • Although you can hang with guitar
  • And drum with the best of them
  • Mary McPage- Blues band leader/singer/ Seattle, WA.
  • I do think it’s one of your best. The concept rings loud and clear. “My dog needs a Mama” is quite a hoot and reminds me of people
  • I actually know! I love your guitar work and would like more more more guitar..........but it’s nice you are experimenting with other
  • sounds, but one of the things I love about your CDs is your exceptional guitar work. .Keep pumping them out!!


Jim Jacobi...Maniac or Messiah... It’s been 30 years since Jacobi released VICTIMS OF THE MEDIA. He’s still mad & he still saves us from the humdrum of today’s media hyped superstars. #IT GOT TOO DEEP!! his latest offering brings us classical, rock-a-billy, a space age sound track and good old in-yer-face-punk-fucking-rock...No one does it better than Jacobi. “I piss people off” is probably my favorite..           Mary McPage- Blues band leader & singer; Seattle, Wa.

“It got too deep” is pretty cool. Great notez from Jello. The electronic stuff is weird but neat. I like Denial...Unreal world...Safe in Hell...Shitgottoodeep...Piss people off...Never got shIT...and that “surf” like intro.....ASSimilation or extinction.   Dave Robel- Drummer extraordinary with many bands including “The Joe Jakimbi band.”

Who the hell is Jim Jacobi? ..He formed the now notorious Crap Detectors in 1977, released 14 albums including 1978’s epic “Victims of the Media” and endured countless lineup changes until it’s intentional demise in 1998. During that 22 year period when Crap Detectors were in full swing, the lineup changed an astonishing 12 times, but through it all Jacobi remained the instrumental madman behind the genius.     Jacobi also caught the attention of punk legends the dead Kennedys and consequently, joined forces with famed frontman Jello Biafra. 30 years later Jacobi celebrates the anniversary of the release of “Victims of the Media”, this time with endorsements from Biafra included in the liner notes, a testament to Jacobi’s authenticity and longevity Aptly titled “It Got Too Deep,” the album is comprised of 23 short tracks and in true punk fashion, Jacobi’s lyrics are filled with anti establishment, anti government and anti consumerism statements.     In a world that’s continually fascinated with increasingly useless material objects, the impossible pursuit of perfection and trashy tabloids, Jacobi has no problem ripping those standards to shreds. It’s refreshing to hear him sink his teeth into the ridiculousness of the “Hannah Montana” phenomenon. His mission to deprogram the masses is obvious and his music is a slap in the face to all those drones that are incapable of forming an original thought.  Kyle Eustice...Omaha city Weekly
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and Leader & Singer; Seattle, W

“An interesting mix of music styles that he does so well, and one of the things that sets Jim apart, that and of course his guitar playing.....track 14, I think, some delicious guitar playing.....elsewhere as well. There was also a nice momentum from beginning to end that kept me interested in hearing the whole piece (the whole cd)”  Brad Krieger......Artist/Professor/fan who appeared on one Crap Detector release/2 Jakimbi releases and 1 solo release.

“It’s really funny and good. The guitars are really intense. Jim’s music is getting more and more...unique. Like Captain Beefheart.....of course not like him, but original to extremes. Nice Horns” Carmen McArthur ....Connecticut music connoisseur


Solo You Can't Hear It!
Jim Jacobi

Lo-Fi garage roots music never died, it just got a bigger garage, and here's proof. Jim Jacobi's CD pushes the limits of his recording gear -- most everything is distorted somehow, the audio range of this disc is somewhere square in the middle, and most of the high and low end is lost in translation. But that's the genre. Don't expect Guided By Voices-style lo-fi perfection here.

Now that we've run the disclaimer, this CD works very well on the strength of Jacobi's personality. Yes, there is some good guitar playing, and when the garage sound works, it works well, but Jacobi puts a lot of heart into his singing and songwriting, and that's the real draw. Does it really matter that he's actually screaming the words "telepathic cat" over and over on track three?

Hell, no. This CD has character. The songs are funny, rude and opinionated. Nobody on this project is terribly worried about who's going to like it and who won't. There's some real attitude on these songs. The ingredients list of "Pizza" makes you want one, but don't eat it til after "U.S.F.U.W.," as you'll be doing the punk-rock-head-shake in spite of yourself.

"Mark On You" is southern-fried twang/rock; "Inside" goes all-out in the best tradition of the Butthole Surfers. Did I mention that there are twenty-one songs on this CD? Towards the end, there's an awful lot of variety going on here, including a little Ramonesy ditty called "Obscene" that also manages to explore some Rev. Horton Heat sounds. None of these sonic homages fall flat -- they're all dead-on and fun to hear.

-J. Wallace, www.indie-music.com, 09/03/05

Musicianship - 8.5 out of 10
Summer has been a busy time for us here at MWB, and the proof of that is the fact that Jim Jacobi's latest recording was sent to us back in late June, I believe, and I have just now gotten around to writing the review!

Up front, I must say that this album is pretty cool to me. I was invited to play bass on a couple of tracks, and though the logistics didn't work out to allow me to do that, I have still listened with the thought in my head, 'What would I have played on this song?" My contributions wouldn't have made any difference, and in fact, may have diluted the mix, because to me, this is one of the best-sounding records that Jim has done! All the instrumental parts, with the exception of background vocals on several songs, a flute track and lead vocal track (all done by Executive producer and long-time partner-in-crime Carole Zacek), were done by Jacobi himself! Because of that, I think he was free to take the creative direction of the album wherever he felt it needed to go, and that freedom ended up allowing him to make a great-sounding record! Awesome stuff that you just have to hear!

Songwriting - 9 out of 10
I have the same thoughts and feelings with regard to the songwriting on Solo You Can't Hear It!
The material on this record is inspired, as Jim tackles subjects that are diverse and heartfelt. He writes songs about hanging around the house (Putz'n), and he also wrote a couple of songs from a cat's perspective (Telepathic Cat, Mark On You)! He writes songs about political subjects, pizza, getting fat, rockabilly - no subject is safe! And, each song is unique, because it is written from Jim's perspective on life and the things that affect him daily! His sarcastic, humorous take on reality in America today is something that has to be experienced! Please make sure you pay attention to the lyrics while you're rocking to Jim's great tunes! You definitely won't regret it!

Sound Quality/Professionalism - 9 out of 10
Lo-fi is still the accurate description of Jim Jacobi's sound; however, I think this one is his best-sounding record to date! The majority of the tracks were recorded by Jacobi. He is also credited with the mixing, editing and production. I really like the way the album turned out, especially with respect to the guitar work, and the programming/percussion. His vocals also sound really good! In fact, for me it was very easy to understand the lyrics, and it helped me to see what a cool songwriter Jim Jacobi really is! Great work, Jim, and I truly mean that! This is a great collection of songs!

Packaging - 9 out of 10
I always like the unique things that Jim chooses to do with the cover art and info on his CDs. This one is no exception! The picture on the cover is great, but the one on the back is priceless! It shows several different characters, all of which are Jim Jacobi at various stages of his career! Seeing the changes in his appearance over the years is something that was very cool for Jim to share with his fans!

The liner notes are also interesting, giving information about the project, as well as production and musical credits. There is also a very cool quote that is there, with respect to the status and importance of Garage music in today's music scene. I won't give it away, but I think that what is said opened my eyes to the importance of musicians doing the type of music that Jim Jacobi does.

Favorite Tracks
Or Again
Mark On You
Press One
The Man
Telepathic Cat

Overall Rating - 9 out of 10
Jim Jacobi is an artist that I respect for his bold views, his unique take on music, and for the way that he has done his own thing for as many years as he has been involved in music. He is a person that likes to be on the cutting edge in a strictly lo-fi way, if you know what I mean! He creates music that is uniquely his own, and knows that people will either accept it or not. There are some artists that create music this way that I don't care for, but Jim is not like that! I am always anxious to hear what he is up to, and though I get busy, and don't always have the time to get back to him as quickly as I'd like to be able to, I eventually make time to hear his stuff, because I know that I will enjoy it!

Solo You Can't Hear It has become my very favorite Jim Jacobi record! To me, it is his finest work to date, musically and lyrically. I have listened to it over and over again, and think I will probably listen to it many more times before my attention is drawn away by other stuff. The tunes will stick in my head, though, and I hope to add a healthy dose of the songs to MWB Radio!

Time marches on, and the 'New Dogs' come into their own all the time, claiming to use new tricks that the 'Old Dogs' can't hang with. The real truth is that there really is nothing new under the sun, and the 'Young Pups', as I prefer to call them, are really rehashing something that the 'Old Dogs' have been doing for years! Jim Jacobi is an artist who seems to be unfazed by all of the jockeying that goes on for top position in the mainstream market. Instead, he is content to do his own thing, and let people know what he's up to. By and large, the 'Old Tricks' he turns out on his CDs smoke the sounds produced by the 'Young Pups' almost every time! Try to hang if you will, 'Young Pups'! Jim Jacobi is an 'Old Dog' that can teach YOU a thing or two!

Get a copy of Solo You Can't Hear It! That's all I really need to say!

-Mark Lush, Midwestbands.com, 9/21/05
Midwestbands.com Review Here

Jim Jacobi

Get Out is the 15th release by Jim Jacobi and is a very rare kind of album. I say this because Jacobi has been making albums since 1978 and hasn't lost any sight of his punk roots.

My first impression of the disc from the opener, also the title track, was that Jacobi is a peer of such great punk pioneers as Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys. His voice swings between sounding like Biafra and the Reverend Horton Heat. It's very accessible even at its most raucous moments. It was no surprise later when I read his biography and saw that Biafra has picked up Jacobi for his Alternative Tentacles label, and that he has also opened for Rev. Heat in the past. Jacobi truly is an underrated punk pioneer. Songs like "Welcome To My" whose chorus is simply "welcome to my fucked up life," and "Another War," which is all about people acting like monkeys, are punk anthems in the truest, grittiest form.

What makes this album so great is that Jacobi is able to deliver his messages with a solid dose of humor in his witty, biting lyrics. He's not sugarcoating anything. The music is raw and in your face. The key element is that he's able to use humor without it sounding contrived or overshadowing the music, which would have made him come off as a novelty act. It's clear that this man's music has preceded (and most likely influenced) many bands such as NOFX, Tiger Army, and GWAR.

I was highly impressed by the instrumentation and songwriting on this CD, and it's very apparent that Jim Jacobi and his compatriots have been doing this for a long time. They're pros. It's really refreshing to find that there are still some of the veterans of the scene making music that's honest and great. It really helps you recognize how much bad "punk" music there is out now in the mainstream when you take some time to sit and listen to an album such as Get Out!!!. It's music that will make you laugh and think. (Full Review)

Benjamin Daniels, http://www.indie-music.com, 12/04/04

... Jim Jacobi has been playing punk rock longer than many of today’s punk rockers have been alive! And, with the release of Get Out!, he’s proving that he still has it in him to create good, relevant music!

...This album is hitting me at a time when I can really identify with the anger and sarcasm in the lyrics of some songs, so I guess I would have to say that the songs that talk about life being crappy are among my favorites. Chief among these tracks are ‘Welcome To My’, and ‘Life Got In the Way’. You’ll just have to hear them to know what I mean!

Jim has included a country track on the past two albums he’s released, and I like his take on that particular style! He captures the sappy sentimental sound of country very well, firmly places his tongue in his cheek, and lets it rip! To hear the country crooning on this release, be sure to listen to ‘Never Going to New Orleans Again’! There is also a cool instrumental on this one, called ‘Drivin Mr. Davey’, followed by a funky little number called ‘Equine Fecal Funk’; just 3 examples of the variety you get from Jim!

In conclusion, there are three things I like about Get Out!; first, I like the variety of musical styles used on the album. Second, I like the Rock and Roll attitude that is displayed. Even if a song sounds bluesy, country, or punk, the attitude is the same! Third, I like the length of the songs; you don’t get 13 four minutes songs – you get 20 songs that usually clock in under two minutes and an album that doesn’t get old!

I admit it! I’m a fan of Jim Jacobi's, and I recommend his stuff to anyone willing to listen! On Get Out!, his lyrics are real, depressing, and creative; his music is edgy and interesting, and his attitude sucks! This IS punk rock, Baby! What else do you want? (Read full review here)

--Mark Lush, Midwestbands.com, 1/20/04


Other bands may come and go...but Jim Jacobi lives on forever. The former Crap Detectors leader continues in his mission to provide credible intense garage rock...and this is right up there with his best releases. Get Out!!! is the fifteenth (!) album from Jacobi. While other musicians come and go...often forgetting their original intent and/or neglecting the needs of their audience...Jim just keeps on truckin' with as much verve and gusto as when he began. On this album a variety of pals offer assistance: Carole Zacek, Fuzzy, Charlie Burton, Butch Berman, Dave Boye, Dr. Dave Fowler, Phil Shoemaker, Dave Robel, Brad Kreiger, and Craig Kingery (whew!). Jacobi's sense of humor remains intact, as is evidenced by the lyrics on tunes like "Get Out," "Life Got in the Way," "Equine Fecal Funk," and "House Hunting for Billy Bacon." Another excellent release from one of rock's great underrated heroes. (Rating: 5)

--BabySue Review www.LMNOP.com

I'm Datin' Satan!
Jim Jacobi and the JOJAKIMBI Band

"Jim Jacobi still rocks on—and hard. This is most apparent with his newest release, “I’m Datin’ Satan!”, 14 self-penned, true-life tales of love found, love lost, hate found and hate resolved, delivered with Jim’s undeniable stamp of savagery, tongue-in-cheek humor and amazing energy for this 52-year-old punk rock master who’s vocal and guitar work simmer and burn with the best of ‘em."
Read full version here

--Butch Berman, Berman Music Foundation, Autumn 2003


"Jim Jacobi and his early band, the Crap Detectors in another review; suffice it to say, Jim Jacobi is a very interesting voice in the universe of rock and roll.

This CD, I’m Datin’ Satan, displays the talents of the band very well. Jim Jacobi has a great sense of humor, and it is on display in songs like “Nervous White Guy” and “Four Beer Story”. The musical ability of the band comes out too. His music, as described in the liner notes, is punk. Not the punk of the Ramones or Green Day or anything like that; his music is more like the music of Iggy Pop or the Velvet Underground; music that is loud, crude, rude and obnoxious, but very relevant. Jim comes across as a guy that has fun playing the music that he plays. He’s not preaching a message of any sort; he’s just playing good loud rock and roll and having a very good time. In fact, I think the last few words of the song “Stella” sum up this band; “I asked Stella to come down here, with all the feedback and the noise, but she’s afraid of what’s in the basement--big loud sounds with old weird boys”. I would definitely recommend that you get this CD. It will take you back to the days when simplicity ruled rock and roll, and “Nervous White Guys” rocked!"

--Mark Lush, Midwestbands.com, 2/22/03


"Old school punker Jacobi's been doing his thing since the first punk wave hit the shores in the '70s. You'd think a guy his age would lose his stamina, but he manages to keep it up on most of the heavier, harder, noisier, angrier numbers. The opener is two minutes of sheer Midwestern Ramones, with Jacobi spitting out the inspiring line "She's turned from a lovely woman / Into a lunatic bitch." Nice. "Hung Over" is pounding surfaholic heavy metal with an Iggy Pop twist. In fact, Iggy's influence is all over the noisier songs, from the growling title track to the burning "Old Fashioned Love" to the thick-lipped chugger "Chunk-a-Runkus."

...Maybe he's mellowing as he gets older, just like a fine malt liquor. I just assume he leave the hick stuff at home -- it's the punk that makes him legend. "

--Tim McMahan, LazyEye Reviews, November 2002


"Best thing I've heard from you, actually! I listened to the whole thing instead of tossing it after 2 songs like I do most stuff."

--Jack Endino (Record Producer), Seattle, WA
August 2002


"I just want to let you know I think 'Satan' is the best of all the CD's you've sent my way. Great job!"

--Jim Peppan, Seattle DJ

Crap Circles: The Jim Jacobi Chronicles
Crap Detectors and Beyond 1978-2001

I was really glad to receive this CD in the mail! I was unaware of the history of Jim Jacobi, and it was very refreshing to me to hear the work that he has done over 25 years! It was also interesting to see the evolution of The Crap Detectors as a band, and Jim Jacobi as a person. The really interesting thing to see is that his music hasn’t changed that much! He has followed the same pattern in his music; loud, brash and uncompromising. The musicianship has always been very good, and the lyrics are funny and interesting! He strikes me as the kind of guy you would want to go hear at a club, and then hang out with after his set. His music, I feel, conveys his personality, and makes me want to know more about him.

Through the history of his performances, you get a sense that he has retained the punk mentality. His music always stands apart from the ‘Trend’. It is true punk; angry-sounding, intense songs in which he thumbs his nose at the status quo and ridicules the trend-followers of society...I really think this is a testament to the no-frills, garage sound to which Jacobi has remained true... Read the rest here

--Mark Lush, Midwestbands.com, 2/24/03


Was Lincoln, Neb., a hotbed of the original punk rock music movement circa late 1970s? Judging by this exhaustive 23-song chronicle that spans more than 20 years and almost 70 minutes, you would think so. Corn-fed Sex Pistols perhaps? The earliest tracks here have the same groove as the Pistols, Ramones and the Buzzcocks. By 1980, the band had already shifted its sound to post-punk and pretty much stayed there for the rest of its career even into the late '90s.

The recording quality, as well as the general quality of punk, was quite good. A band could do a lot worse than covering a fist-pounder like "Intellectual Morons." "Police State" is snarling and raw, with the dictum: "If you want it/That's how you get it." Nice. "Self Indulgent Song" sounds like it was lifted right off Talking Heads' Fear of Music right down to Jacobi's David Byrne howling. "Feed the Rats" has a distinctly B-52s "Rock Lobster" feel to it. And so on. At times, the music borders on Rocky Horror frivolity. Jacobi's gutteral punk grunt is the thread that holds it all together throughout the subtle shifts in punk rock styles.

It's not all aping. The '81 track "Expatriots of Reality," with its weird beat nightclub sax shuck, rolling bass and chopping guitar at the chorus is one of a kind. And the barking on "Feeling Amputee 1983" is indeed unique, if not bizarre.

Was Jim Jacobi the punk-other to fellow Lincolnite Charlie Burton's twanging caterwaul? We'll never know. As a document of the band's history, fans can't go wrong. For the rest of us who weren't around back in the day, this is an interesting, if not nostalgic, retreat from today's hump-geek-rap rock that's inaccurately deemed punk.

Rating: Yes

--Tim McMahan, The Omaha Weekly
May 23rd, 2001


Jim Jacobi and the Crap Detectors were part of Lincoln's punk/indie scene when punk was just becoming cool

The most recent issue of Spin magazine trumpets "25 Years of Punk," and VH1 did one of its quickie documentaries to accompany the issue, complete with commentary from "expert" Spin writers who were in preschool when the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and company changed the world. The VH1 show pays lip service to punk's do-it-yourself ethos and makes brief stops in Los Angeles, '80s Minneapolis and '90s Seattle. But its "star" approach largely misses one of the key elements of punk.

You see, from the late '70s on, the punk/indie rock community was just that, a community that flourished across the nation.

Evidence of that community and how it was connected to Lincoln hit local record stores a few weeks ago. It's called "Crap Circles: The Jim Jacobi Chronicles Crap Detectors and Beyond 1978-2001."

The Crap Detectors were Lincoln's first punk band, an outgrowth of Jacobi's home four-track recording sessions in 1977. Those cuts were released on "Victims of the Media," a 1978 album that got noticed across the nation for its raw, uncompromised sound and passionate lyrics.

"It started in Nebraska, the most obscure of places, and had an impact on Jello Biafra," Jacobi said. "He got the name of his record company from the cover of 'Victims of the Media.' "

The "Victims of the Media" cover showed tentacles wrapping up television sets, among other things, a commentary on the consumer society. Biafra saw it and named his label Alternative Tentacles. The label is still going.

Jacobi never sold hundreds of thousands of albums - he calls himself a minor leaguer. But the Crap Detectors developed a following in Italy, of all places, and Jacobi has continued to produce his powerful music ever since.

Those sounds are captured on "Crap Circles," which is full of cuts with titles such as "Police State," "Intellectual Morons," "Unemployment Line" and "Crimes Against Humanity." You get the idea.

But the record is subtitled the "Jim Jacobi Chronicles" for a reason.

"There were, like, 12 different bands," Jacobi said. "I didn't want to say this is a band chronicle; it's more an artist's chronicle. I wrote all the stuff and I play on it all. Maybe you could say it's a 23-year self-portrait. Some of it's good; some of it sucks. It's up and down, just like life is."

Jacobi knows something about self-portraits. He has a master of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Some of his brightly colored, highly expressionistic paintings of animals are now on view at Gallery 9, 124 S. Ninth St.

"They (music and painting) are kind of both in weird cycles," Jacobi said. "I get high on music and really do a lot of it, then it fades away and I get real energetic about painting. It comes from the same source, whatever that is."

Jacobi hasn't spent all 23 years in Lincoln. In 1985, he moved to Dallas. By 1990, he was in Seattle, just in time for the punk renaissance that eventually produced Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden and what came to be known as grunge.

"It was the same thing over again, like '78 and '79," Jacobi said. "The record industry had no control for a short period of time, and all this great stuff happened. Those two windows of opportunity were real cool. Then, of course, the record companies got ahold of it, made it more palatable - and it's gone."

Jacobi returned to Lincoln a couple of years ago and re-teamed with longtime collaborators Dave Robel on drums and Craig Kingery on bass to form the Joe Jakimi Band.

That was also when he got the idea to make his compilation album.

"When I came back to Lincoln, I got ahold of all the master tapes," Jacobi said. "It was kind of making a chronicle of what a garage band was like. I don't really like the label 'punk.' I've been playing garage music, independent music. It does have that real hard edge quality, because it's more fun that way."

--L. Kent Wolgamott, www.journalstar.com
April 27th, 2001


CRAP DETECTORS, let's get that out there front and center, that long-running KBD band being the early vehicle for this here Mr. Jacobi's art-dry MX-80-styled songs. This comp covers the early DETECTOR's stuff from '78 to the late 90's (when the band officially ended) and his solo stuff thereafter. The 70's/ early 80's CRAP is going to hold the most interest for art-punkers, and there isn't enough of it, frankly. The later stuff is fine enough, it just lacks the creepy garage quality of the first LP and 7". (RW)

--Maximum Rocknroll, May 2001


Twenty-three ass kicking garage/punk rock songs from a band that influenced America's first wave of punk rock! This anthology/greatest hits of the Crap Detectors chronicles 20-years of their uncomprimised punk rock. From 1978-1998 the Detectors never lost site of the orginal vision of the band since the day Jim Jacobi & Herb Hill conceived the band. There first 2 singles influenced Nebraska and the rest of the underground American punk rock scene to stand up and create there own version of punk. Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys was so intrigued by the band he named his own label after being influenced by the bands first lp cover. The 23 tracks on this compilation sound as fresh and raw of any punk band that lasted the duration of 20 years & beyond. This compilation is a must for any punk collector. You'll understand what you've been missing all these years.

--T-Bird, Quarternotes

Joe Jakimbi Band

"Jim Jacobi has a great knack for surrounding himself with very talented musicians, as well. There is a track on this CD called “Brad’s two minutes of Miles/Real Wild Thing”, which features a freeform trumpet solo from backing instrumentalist Brad Krieger. It has to be heard as well. Honestly, every song on every CD that I have heard includes great musicians. Many times, the recordings are reproduced from very primitive source tapes, but I don’t think I have heard anything that sounds bad. Of course, there are imperfections because of the conversion process; but, I don’t ever have the feeling that the quality of the musicianship is sub-par. There are other CDs that I hear that have been recorded with the latest technologies and lousy musicians that I wouldn’t possess at any price. The pieces that I have from Jim Jacobi are treasured pieces!

Try to find a copy of this CD if you can. I know a lot of his older stuff is out of print, but it can be found. If all else fails, contact Jim and see if there is any way to get copies. He hasn’t asked for my copies back, but if worse comes to worse, I’ll give mine up if someone can hear it and appreciate it for what it is! Great music from a great musician!"

--Mark Lush, Midwestbands.com, 6/6/03


The first time I met Jim Jacobi was during the summer of 1999. I was in Lincoln, Nebraska on assignment for Goldmine Magazine, covering a very excellent Rockabilly Weekender at The Zoo Bar. Bobby Lowell introduced Jim to me as the father of Nebraska punk rock. I found myself looking into the eyes of a pretty regular looking guy. In my mind, punk rockers were supposed to look like Johnny Rotten or Joey Ramone. So much for preconceptions.

Jim gave me a fistful of his previous releases, including many of the eleven albums he has recorded with various versions of his band, Crap Detectors, since 1978. I’ve never been a huge punk fan, but the fact is, there were some really good rock and roll songs on those tapes and discs. I would keep an eye on this Jim Jacobi.

A couple of months later, I received the latest disc from Jim, housed in a plastic sleeve with liner notes- no annoying jewel box. Pretty cool. I weeded through a rather large stack of cd’s I was reviewing, and then two months later, finally got to Jim’s album.

Mixing sounds like surf music, heavy metal, country and blues, Jacobi once again manages to outdo himself. The record starts off with "Arm Drop," a really groovy instrumental that blends ‘60’s movie theme music with instrumental rock influences like The Ventures. This ain’t no punk rock, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no foolin’ around. The song that follows is one of the best on the album, "Shit Happens," a rousing rockabilly number wrapped around a bumper sticker slogan. "Predator" has a kind of Black Sabbath meets Lou Reed feel to it, "Chicken Coop" goes at it, balls to the wall, no pun intended, with a beautifully delivered two-minute-twenty-second punk riot about the marvels of masturbation.

"Leav’n You" is a song about a breakup, with equal parts Zappa and Buddy Guy. "Bad Quarterback" is an alt-country romp that will leave you singing "Like a bad quarterback, she threw it all away" all day long. "Breaker" is more of that instrumental rock we spoke of on the set opener, only this time more structured, like Satan’s Pilgrims or Los Straitjackets. This here’s some fine rock and roll, boys and girls. Alice Cooper meets Metallica in "So Little Time," and "Toys" brings to mind early R.E.M., while "Lesbian Lover" is a funky little piece of originality that shows why Jacobi is a respected artist in the mid-West and throughout this great land of ours.

"Brad’s Two Minutes of Miles/Real Wild Thing" is pretty bizarre. Kind of like Miles Davis with a Jack Kerouac narration leading into The Ventures with Gene Simmons on vocals. If that ain’t weird enough for you, maybe you should try playing the cd backwards. When you do, it says "Eat at Chicago Norm’s," "Jim is dead," and "smoke crab grass." The set ends with "Millennium Blues," a rockin’ Y2K song to usher in the 21st century.

Throughout the record, Jacobi is accompanied by an excellent band including Dave Robel on drums, Craig Kingery, Dave Boye, Brad Krieger, and Phil Shoemaker. Recorded at Shithook Studios in Lincoln, the album was produced by Jacobi and Shoemaker.

--Michael B. Smith, Reviewer for Goldmine magazine


"I've been a fan of Jacobi's music since I first heard 'Very Dangerous Man'. His latest release mixes blues, rock and the psydelic jazz that trademarked his earlier work. Jacobi knows how to turn heartbreak into pure hysteria. Some of his lyrics will make you laugh out loud!"
--Mary McPage, Associate Editor, Musician's Network Internet Magazine


"Some weird shit with some rippin' guitar playing....It about took my head off."
--Jack Endino (Record Producer), Seattle, WA


"I like it. I like the fuck outta it! I liked a couple tunes from all your CD's and records but I liked all stuff on the last one (Joe Jakimbi Band)."
--Rockabilly legend
Bobby Lowell


"I like the album and also the people who listen to my program. They ask sometimes for more." --Alex Pijnen, BRTO radio in Holland


"It ain't old school, it's pre-school." --Dave Robel, Jakimbi drummer

Crap Detectors

"To be a good writer, one must have a built-in, shock-proof crap detector."
--Ernest Hemingway

"This particular release is a good one to have in your collection. Jim’s guitar playing is very consistent, and along with the content of his songs, anchors the sound of his bands through the years. At times, this CD comes off with a New Wave feel, primarily due to the female vocals and the very pop-like sound of some of the songs. I enjoyed hearing it, and I do look forward to hearing other releases from Jim Jacobi! If you haven’t picked up any of his releases yet, shame on you! This is must-hear stuff!" --Mark Lush on Cat Patrol, Midwestbands.com, 6/19/03

"Local punk-distorted-grunge-rock funsters Crap Detectors come out of the garage with 18 tunes guaranteed to liven up any Seattle party. Lyrically on the verge of cornball, songs like "Hot Nuts (Rick the Kingdome Peanut Man)," "I Dream of Jeannie," and "Full Speed Ahead (Have Fun Bein' Stupid)" best exemplify this. But songs like "Dangerous Man" and the Dead Kennedy's-like "C.A.B." will have you chorus screamin' and rockin' kinda intelligently. It's great hearing a local CD made for the hell of having fun rather than for the money, as is apparent in "Pop Band (the Seattle Story)." The trio of vocals by Andrea, Melinda, and Jim give the whole scheme a diverse appeal. Call your friends, break open some brews, and crank out Hidden Agenda for a night of rockin' fun."
--Mike Savoia (Music Critic,
The Rocket), of 1995's release Hidden Agenda

"Dirty, crunchy guitars and splattery drums, no histrionics, no bullshit."
--Stephen Fievet, Baby Sue Music Review, Fall 1992 issue (of 1991's Deprogramming Time is Now)

"The best way to describe the sound of this album is 'throw some rockabilly, a touch of 60's garage-punk, a little heavy metal and 80's punk into the studio...give this one 5 stars!!"
--Tripin Thru the Midwest magazine, of 1985's Cut the Crap

"'Mausoleum' has a peculiar appeal, and I also like the labels and back cover."
--Jello Biafra, of 1983's Diseases on Display

"Along the lines of psychotic punk-jazz."
--Bart Becker ('Til the Cows Come Home)
, of 1981's Expatriots from Reality/Someone's Sick

"The punk side has Jacobi encouraging revolution and the other is a havy electronic drone."
--Option, issue #6, of 1979's Police State

"Jacobi's most commendable virtue is his total disdain for the mass media."
--Blitz! magazine, of 1978's Victims of the Media

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