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Look What the Rookie Did

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The Party Rages On
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Oh That Atkinson Girl
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Rosecrans Boulevard
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Platinum Is Best Served Cold
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Evil Black Magic
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Temptation Summary
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I Dig You
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Wraparound Shades
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Snowflakes & Heartaches
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Jeez Louise
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(She's A) Full-Blooded Sicilian
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Untitled
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 41:26

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Sujan Hong-Raphael

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03.16.10
Pre-Pornographers Carl Newman's foray into '70s power pop
Label: Sub Pop Records

Before the New Pornographers, Carl Newman helmed Zumpano, a band oddly but awesomely, in the tradition of the Dave Clark Five, named for its drummer. Zumpano were throwbacks, equally indebted to '70s power-pop crunch and attitude as they were to the indelible melodies of the Brill Building's heyday. They open Look What the Rookie Did, their debut album, with "The Party Rages On," which seems breezy and innocuous enough until Newman implores, "Sit your… read more »

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Loads of fun

ScottK

Like the other reviewer, I was introduced to Zumpano's music in the 1990s, a couple years after they released Goin Through Changes, which would be their last album. The best songs on both CDs would sit on the very top shelf of Carl Newman's songs. On this one, Oh That Atkinson Girl, Party Rages On, I Dig You, and of course the amazing Rosecrans Boulevard cover are the first picks, but I've always had a soft spot for both Wraparound Shades and Evil Black Magic. Best line on the whole CD is from Temptation Summary: "Is there anyone anywhere I can feel guilty 'bout lying to?"

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a neglected treasure

shamanbart

A good friend turned me onto Zumpano in the mid 90's and I was pleasantly shocked to hear the intricate, energetic songs free from the grunge sound. You can definitely hear early Zombies influence here and the pre-cursor of New Pornographers sound. Top songs are 'oh that atkinson girl', 'i dig you', 'rosecrans blvd' but the whole thing is solid. Disappointed when they faded from the scene. 5 - 7 years ahead of their time.

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The title says it all. This debut effort from Vancouver’s Zumpano is an astounding piece of infectious, guitar-driven pop. The group’s original material is outstanding, but the lone cover proves to be one of the album’s highlights — a compelling version of Jimmy Webb’s “Rosecrans Boulevard” (previously recorded by the Fifth Dimension and Johnny Rivers). With Webb as an influence, it’s no wonder Zumpano end up crafting such sophisticated yet melodic compositions of their own. In the ’60s, tracks like the Zombies-esque “I Dig You” would have been all over the charts and the radio, but in the 1990s, there seems to be less of an audience for such inventive, intelligent pop. However, the freshness of Zumpano’s sound, combined with adventurous melodies and rhythms, makes this an essential piece of work. – Robin Platts

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