Crap Detectors – Police State? 7″

Still lot’s to do in my new flat. Haven’t hooked up the scanner and my turntable yet. Luckily I’ve ripped some stuff before the move. Here’s one of my recent finds that been in the posting queue for awhile. Police State is great great great. Crude punk that earned a place both on Killed By Death Vol. 9 and Bloodstains Across the Midwest. This is more or the less the child of Jim Jacobi formed in Lincon/NB 1977. Correct me if I’m wrong but from what I understand most of the Crap Detectors(except the first LP released in 1978?)stuff and Jims later incarnations(thinks he’s still going) is more on the experimental side which the b-side reveals.

…The Crap Detectors are listed on the Dead Kennedys list of Influences. Also it is claimed that Jello labels name Alternative Tentacles was based on the cover art on the ‘Victims of the Media’ LP.

Turn up the volume and wave your fist to Police State. 

Country: USA
Year: 1979
Label: Real
Format: 7″
Police State.mp3
Set Program.mp3

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19,170 Responses to Crap Detectors – Police State? 7″

  1. Jay Thurston says:

    The A side is a classic, but the B side made me want to squeeze my left testicle with a pair of plyers! Thanks.

  2. Monger says:

    the first LP,Victims of the media,is more ramones based than anything but there is some strange synth stuff here and there.I have heard anywhere from 100-300 copies made,anyone got the lowdown?Oh,and the brain transplant label resihed it some years back with police state tacked on as a bonus!

  3. dylan says:

    i have, i love. the LP is what makes me cream the most. thanks very very much to roger for making me aware of this. also thanks to jim jacobi ect and the fucking seattle rain….

  4. hdvns says:

    Killer! Thanks!

  5. Jerk Ass says:

    Damn. Another record I NEED.

  6. Erich says:

    The a-side is luvely, especially the geetar sound. Always thought this was some arty crap band. Now I know better. Great. Thank you. Fuck you.

  7. mrpoopy says:

    The LP is about an even 50/50 of KBD punk and arty weirdness,not wholly unlistenable but not likely to rock most punkers’ worlds, either. I own a bootleg copy–the original is ridiculously rare.

  8. Peter, sorry to drift off topic but those Pumphouse Gang tracks you NEED to hear are back online. You should be visiting my blog more often!

    Fuck!! …does this count as spam?

  9. Jay Thurston says:

    Okay…not to be a pain in the ass or anything (haha..not me, never), but it is now June, and I think we need a new record! Please.

  10. carole says:

    Besides POLICE STATE and VICTIMS OF THE MEDIA, Jim has recorded/published over 300 songs on 19 releases with the newest release “IT GOT TOO DEEP” by Crap Detectors, a 30-year anniversary of the release of VICTIMS OF THE MEDIA…it has liner notes by Jello Biafra…these are the liner notes….

    “One of my few decent high skool experiences was American Literature class with Mr. Burns. He actually liked intelligent students, and encouraged me to write actual opinions on his assignments instead of parroting another book report. When he asked the class why Tom Sawyer was viewed as an American hero, I wrote it was because he lied, and manipulated people to get what he wanted. Watergate era or not, Mr. Burns told me I was the most cynical person he’d ever known; yet I’m told he cited my Sawyer essay to later classes, long before I mutated into Jello Biafra.
    Once he asked me, “where did you get your ability to analyze people?” I said it was from being a lone wolf outside the circle, watching how others played games, followed mindless trends and went out of their way to make fools of themselves in an endless Escher drawing gone drastically wrong.
    Since then, few people I know of have maintained such a dim third-eye view of our mindless rodent- like consumer behavior as JIM JACOBI, best known for his (mostly) punk project, The Crap Detectors. And Detect they have, starting clear back in 1978 with the debut L.P. “Victims of the Media.” It is not only one of the earliest and by far the rarest American punk L.P.’s, it is also the only one I know with a taped-on cover printed on one of those old ditto machines. Remember the aroma?
    It seems like very few punk collectors who know them from their “Police State” single and numerous “Killed by Death”- type bootleg comps have any idea Jim and the Crap Detectors catalogue is so vast and so deep and continues with the same vision to this day. “Victims” opening title track sets the table for all to come. “Grade A” punk with occasional one of a kind forays into vintage avant-garde electronics. If anything, creating in near-total isolation seems to have sharpened both music and message, with songs like “Eichmannism”, “Slave of the New Wave”, “Want, Want, Want”, “Bitchy Mommy”, and even a pre-Tipper Gore caution on the back, “May be to (sic) intense for some people….Deprogramming may occur.”
    The second seven-inch from ’81 is “Expatriates from Reality”.
    The follow-up is adorned with a junkyard photo of old broken toilets and includes “Equal Opportunity Paranoiac” and “Feed the Rats.” Even the more straight rock L.P.’s are called “Superficial World”, “Diseases on Display” and “Cut the Crap”(long before the Clash sort of copped to theirs) with songs like “Terrorist of the Heart”, “Intellectual Morons”, “Feeling Amputee” and more. All this when hardly anyone was hip to the now-worshipped underground explosions going on in London, New York, S.F. or L.A.—Let alone the cultural Death Valley of Lincoln, Nebraska.
    Even in punk, very few artists big or small ever turn their lens on their peers, let alone their own audience. Jim does this in spades. He didn’t even hold back when he ventured beyond the Cornhusker Curtain and relocated to Seattle in the 90”s at its Flannel Hollywood peak. Instead of falling in with all the cool people hanging out on the street corners practicing their “I’m in a band” pose, he took on Grunge.
    Now back in Nebraska with no “ I was in a band in Seattle dude” pose to cloud his work, Jim continues to hit many a nail on the head in ways I wish I had thought of myself. I respect him because he’s smart, he won’t back down, and remains deep down a genuine human being who still gives a shit. Against all odds and mainstream common sense, Jim continues his efforts to deprogram us from our anthill Disneyland so dumbed down, people actually want to become victims of the media. They even audition for it.
    But does Jim Jacobi give up or suck it all in? NO. Which is all the more reason why this better not be Jim or the Crap Detectors’ last album.
    Yours in Frankenchrist…. Jello Biafra “

  11. behjan says:

    JIM sent me a few then-new tapes when he was in Seattle ,professionaly made MC´s and the weirdness of back-when you could hear out definitely on these releass aswell !!!
    The later two albums of 1983 and 1985 are good in their own way,all his cool singles,esp.the notorious “Police State” debut single, show his soft spot for homemade weird-electronics on the B-side (too bad I traded it away). The original 1st 1978 “VOTM” album Jim could not tell me what the pressing-size was (or I can not recall) but along with DEBRIS I rate it as the candidate for the Proto-Punk (ok,C.D. 1st LP was in 1978) Hall of American LO-FI fame.
    Were all originals of the 1st LP blank white jackets with a sheet stuck to it (mine is so creased,worn-out,and quite pale you would not touch it…)
    Jim Jacobi has a comprehensive website I checked out 1,5 years ago. Nebraska-Punk rules,haha (Don´t forget the 8-song 7″ep of the STENCH BAND of 1971, Zappaesque(and Capt.Beefheart jamming in a garage)stuff #:=)~
    On that note:
    WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO _MIKE GARBER_ in OMAHA(?) He had a record-store there ca.7-8 years ago …

  12. Big Dog says:

    Jim is indeed still at it. As Carole said, he has released many other cd’s, and is currently working a new band to get out and perform some of his new tunes and some of the classics. I am proud to be the bass player in that band. Jim is still rocking and still has something to say. Do yourself a favor and pick up a few of his cd’s. You’ll thank me later.

  13. Craig Miller says:

    hello jim and mindy

    It is me, trying to say hello after several years!!
    now, i do appreciate your help and knidness in Dallas
    I hope things are doing well for both of you!!

    Now, I would like to catch up on all your music..
    So i will try to order all you cd’s!! Plus help a
    bit more if you will let me

    glad to see you are still OK!!


  14. Nathan G says:

    When I do a search for “kbd records” using firefox, one of the suggestions is Bad Brains and the other is this record. Anyway, this is really insane one, my first taste right here and I will make sure to check out dude’s other stuff…

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