CARBON 14 issue # 21

MZ. PAKMAN- Oh Shit It's Mz. Pakman! (Skankville Records)

"Oh Shit!" is an understatement! More like "Holy fuckin' hell, this rawks!" I mean, what can I say, Mz. Pakman is like a smorgasbord of what I dig: hot rockin' girls, B-movies, underground comix, trash culture, video games. (I'll take on all challengers to beat my high score on Ms. Pacman on my still functioning Atari 7800!) and remedial rock n' roll. You won't hear any frilly Lilith Fair acoustic ditties or any faux riot grrrl noisey nonsense from these four go-go garage girls. What you will hear is an album's worth of relentless, raucous raunch rawk influenced by The Ramones, The Raunchettes, Butthole Surfers, and The Cramps. Songs like "Rock n' Roll Rat", "New Boy", "XxXy", and "Gimme Something Good" are minimalistic masterpieces of high energy, sultry sleaze, recorded in a room with the acoustics of a garbage can. Or take a song like "Psycho Kitty" , where it sounds like the singer is gonna hack up a furball while delivering her snotty feline vocals. And then there's the surly surf stomp of 'Skankville". And even though I took three years of Spanish in high school I can't figure out what the hell these girls are screaming about on the sung-in-Spanish, "Oh! No!" They even cover "Man-eaters" from the Herschell Gordon Lewis drive-in B-movie biker flick She Devils On Wheels! This record is everything that is RIGHT about rock n' roll: it's fun, loud, crude, and spilling over with attitude.

-Peter Santa Maria