Rocket From The Crypt
All Systems Go!
Record Review, published in WARP magazine, Spring 1994
All Systems Go! is a collection of all the hard-to-get singles that Rocket from the Crypt has released throughout the last two years. Initially released on the Toys Factory label (predecessor to PusMort) as an Japanese import CD (and now selling for upwards of thrty bucks!) this is the last R.F.T.C. release by Headhunter Records, due to Rocket's jump to Interscope Records.
Although some of the songs, like "Pigeon Eater" and "Killy Kill" should be fairly easy to obtain, other songs, like "Jumper K. Balls," from their Sympathy For The Record Industry seven-inch picture disc, "Cha Cha Cha," from the Standard Recordings split seven -inch with Dead Bolt, and "Goodbye," from the Italian Helter Skelter label have been more elusive until now. While not all the tunes Rocket From The Crypt has released on seven-inch vinyl have been gems, All Systems Go! weeds out the less-or not-produced songs and emerges as a great collection. Rocket From The Crypt's catchy, riff-heavy songs stick in your head, and the soon-to-be classic lyrics are just as prevalent here as on their two albums proper. By generating lyrics from the simple things in life, and often childhood, as in the refrain of "Call it a Complex;" ("You're not the boss o' me, you're not the boss o' me...") they lure the listener in like a kid walking by a candy shop. The guitars get louder and the drums more incessant until you've got to have more, tying it all in until your sweet tooth is exhausted, if only temporarily.