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Rock'n'Roll Monkey and the Robots - Detroit Trauma Review
by Kevin Wierzbicki

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Is this a band you'll go ape over? Is it true that one Rock'n'Roll Monkey don't stop no show? Are the Robots tired of playing second banana to the Rock'n'Roll Monkey? Will this pathetic attempt at humor never end? Okay, here's your scorecard: Craig Campbell calls himself Rock'n'Roll Monkey. He sings, plays the guitar, bass, harmonica and something he calls the Casio death-ray. His back-up trio is the Robots: singer Jackie Herman, skins man Eric Butterfield and more guitars from Ken Seech. They deal in a variety of sounds, all of which is decidedly lo-fi. "Dean of Denver" is psychedelic '60s; "Shaky Jake" is White Stripes gone rockabilly while "Toss it Back like Kerouac" sounds like a left-coast version of the B-52's if they were strictly a surf band. "I'm the Gerbil" is an extremely short piece full of squeaks and bleeps; I'm pretty sure this is the one that Monkey plays his death-ray on. Very collegiate, this is one of those records where there's really no middle ground---you'll either love it or think it's total s***. I say let the Monkey out of his cage, oil up the Robots and smoke 'em if you got 'em. You'll have plenty of fun.


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