Crap Detectors/Jim Jacobi | It Got Too Deep!! (The 30 year anniversary CD)

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It Got Too Deep!! (The 30 year anniversary CD)

by Crap Detectors/Jim Jacobi

With liner notes by Jello Biafra,this is the 30 year anniversary of the 1978 release “Victims of the Media” by Jim Jacobi/Crap Detectors. Jello Biafra, says “Jim continues to hit many a nail on the head in ways I wish I had thought of myself.\"(excerpt)
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1. Victims of the Media Still
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2. Monday lament
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3. Denial
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4. Unreal World
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5. Not the Frame
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6. Safe in Hell
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7. The Good Life
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8. Glimpse This
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9. ...it Got Too Deep
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10. Job Lament
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11. Triad of Self Importance
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12. Dress Up
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13. Offended You?????
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14. Assimilation or extinction
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15. History According to Joe
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16. The Profile Fits
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17. The New Media Nazi
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18. American Atrophy
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19. He Never Got It
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20. Theme from the imaginary movie
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21. Crapture
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22. I Piss People Off
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23. History According to Joe Part Two
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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BIO JIM JACOBI Dec.14, 1950. Brooklyn, New York. Jim Jacobi has remained true to his mission of serving up independent garage music for 30 years. His biting sarcasm and witty lyrics that cut to the bone complement his chunky, meaty guitar licks to perfection. He is a voice in independent American music being an outsider looking in, reinventing himself several times.
Jim Jacobi began recording in 1977 and released what has been known as one of the first DIY (Do It Yourself) records, called Victims of the Media in 1978. This recording was picked up by Dead Kennedy’s lead singer, Jello Biafra, who named his record label Alternative Tentacles as “an antidote to the tentacles on the (Victims L.P.) cover”--possibly one of the first references to the word Alternative with music. Jacobi played all musical instruments on first L.P. and 1st 45 (1979) with the help of a drummer. He called this non-band Crap Detectors and soon had many incarnations in Lincoln, NE, Dallas, TX and Seattle, WA. The bands were incorrectly dubbed “punk” when the music and lyrics didn’t match the English and Americans in that Genre of the 1970’s but fit more into the punk sound of the late 1960’s. Some of the Nebraska bands didn’t pull off the tone set by Jacobi on his first L.P. , but the Dallas/Seattle bands were aggressive, thought out musical odes more like the original conception of Crap Detectors. In 1998, he returned to Nebraska and called the next bands the Joe Jakimbi Band and Jojakimbi Band as a phonetic anagram for Jim Jacobi. (Given to him by Charlie Burton in the early 80’s) The songs were of a more personal nature opposed to the political/social/absurdist style of Crap Detectors with music that was a departure from the 1st 20 years. Then he returned to his roots to record solo work, experimenting with different musical styles and re-adapting a more political/social stance.
Jacobi has opened for Wayne Kramer (MC5) and has done gigs with a variety of Seattle, Texas and Nebraska bands. He has played festivals with Reverend Horton Heat and The New Bohemians.
He has been described as “One of rocks great underrated heroes.” (babysue LMNOP reviews- December 2003) “Jacobi is an ‘old dog’ that can teach YOU a thing or two” (Mark Lush midwestbands.com 2005) and “ Lo Fi garage roots music never died, it just got a bigger garage” (J Wallace Indie Music.com 2005) His genre was named CHUNKARUNKUS in mid 1990’s by University of Washington students. It is a modernization of Roadhouse music incorporating ska, metal, punk and grunge into the blues, jazz, rock a billy and garage rock. He is a general practitioner in a world of specialists and has never considered working for a major record label. (He considered that “Selling Out”)


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Kyle Eustice

Who the Hell is Jim Jacobi?
Who the hell is Jim Jacobi? Anyone familiar with the local punk scene back in the day might have a foggy recollection of grungy basement shows and loud, smoky bars featuring Jacobi’s raw punk rock prowess.

In a time when integral characters like Charlie Burton played monumental roles in establishing Omaha and Lincoln’s emerging scene, Jacobi was there. 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 its 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. Thirty 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.

Littered across vintage avant-garde electronics and primitive-sounding guitars, they are not without wit and sarcasm. With songs like “Joe: the Idiot Bastard Son,” “Unreal World” and “Safe In Hell,“ it’s clear Jacobi has not lost his sense of irony. 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 and the unnecessary reliance on the Internet. 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.

On track 22, he adamantly states that “I piss people off for a living” and just the simple fact that he stays true to who is he makes him unstoppable. Oscar Wilde said, “The more things change, the more they stay the same. Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” Jim Jacobi apparently feels the same way and could have written those words himself.