Record collector geeks and hipster music critics love to pledge allegiance to the obscure. Cooper and Smay, co-editors of the renowned Los Angeles `zine Scram, have compiled just the book for those snobs-a trade-scale, alphabetical encyclopedia of albums that the authors think we (i.e., the mass majority) overlooked. This lesson in musical obscurity works because Cooper and Smay aren't serving up a heavy-handed slap in the face; instead, their list of unheralded gems is delivered in the voice of that cool older kid who turned you on to the Sex Pistols back in sixth grade. Along with records by indie heroes like Jandek and Captain Beefheart, the authors share their love of lesser-known discs by "mainstream" artists like Willie Nelson, Terrence Trent D'Arby, and Thin Lizzy. At its best, this is a travel guide for adventurous music connoisseurs. Recommended for all libraries that exploit the English language, especially those that hold the authors' previous collaboration, Bubblegum Music Is the Naked Truth.-Robert Morast, Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, SD Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kim Cooper and David Smay are founders/coeditors of the fanzine, Scram, which is devoted to pop music obscurities. Scram was an editor's choice in Factsheet 5 for "unusually great writing" and sited by LA Weekly as a best-of-LA publication. They are coeditors of BubblegumMusic Is the Naked Truth: The Dark History ofPrepubescent Pop from the Banana Splits to BritneySpears.