jokamachi | california | 01/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard CVB at a high-school party in the mid-eighties. The cover band was playing 'Take The Skinheads Bowling,' and it really stayed with me. It was such a quirky song. But as surprising as it was, it did little to prepare me for the spin CVB was about to put on my head.
I worked at a record store in those days, which made it pretty easy to hear new music, so less than a day after hearing that cover, I was sitting at home with a shiny new copy of Telephone Free Landslide Victory.
And so I listened. Then I listened again. What in the world was I hearing? Was it frenzied polka? Was it punk-charged ska? Was it alternative rock? Whatever it was, it was beyond categorization... and it was freaking cool as all get out.
A lot of musical innovation has occurred since this band first appeared, but I've never lost my affection for the group. They emerged from their cocoon fully defined and yet found more room for development along the way. Their latest reunion album, New Roman Times, may be the brilliant, anti-war album of our generation... but it is this record that I come back to time and again.
So... where the hell was Bill?"