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Album: Ask Questions Later
# Song Title   Time
1)    Surprise, Surprise
2)    Room 429
3)    Nowhere
4)    Migration
5)    Cut To the Chase
6)    $10 Bill
7)    Seattle
8)    Furnace
9)    Israeli Dig
10)    Cause and Effect
11)    Got No Soul
12)    Everybody Loves You
13)    All the Clocks Are Broken
 

Album: Ask Questions Later
# Song Title   Time
1)    Surprise, Surprise
2)    Room 429
3)    Nowhere
4)    Migration
5)    Cut To the Chase
6)    $10 Bill
7)    Seattle
8)    Furnace
9)    Israeli Dig
10)    Cause and Effect
11)    Got No Soul
12)    Everybody Loves You
13)    All the Clocks Are Broken
 
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Performer Notes
  • Cop Shoot Cop: Tod A. (vocals, guitar, high-end bass, drums, percussion, sampling), April Chung (violin), Natz (low-end bass, drums), Phil Puleo (drums, percussion), Tyrus (maracas), Filer (sampling, piano).
  • The Motherhead Horns: Jim Colarusso (trumpet), Joe Ben Plummer (saxophone), David Ouimet (trombone).
  • Recorded at B.C. Studios, Brooklyn, New York in November, 1992.
  • All songs written by members of Cop Shoot Cop.
  • The band's full album debut on Interscope resulted in a surprise alt-radio hit in "$10 Bill." It's definitely Cop Shoot Cop at its most accessible while still being abrasive -- the guest horn section continues the jazz-via-Foetus connection, while Puleo's impressive drumming and Tod A's piercing whistle set the initial tone nicely. A pity Tod A's lyric is one of his most pedestrian -- unless one really gets off on the idea about how money equals murder -- but his delivery is as fierce as always. As for the album as a whole, the foursome sounds resolutely unchanged by becoming part of the major-label machine; having already disposed of that contradiction on Suck City ("Nowhere" reappears from that EP), they cranked the amps further and let fly. About the only across-the-board change would be slightly clearer singing from Tod A, but given how the band values getting its message across, this hardly compromises the group's art. Musically, Filer is given even more room to breathe with his array of random, disturbing samples, hot-fusing electronic/industrial keyboards and the continual air of imminent destruction that past albums showed. "Surprise, Surprise" makes for a fantastic, corrosive beginning, trashing American society left, right, and center, while "Furnace," dedicated to a deceased friend, crackles with angst and fire. "Room 429" shows a subtler sense of aggression sneaking in, with an almost elegiac chorus and gripping midsection where the band slowly builds to an explosion behind Tod A's almost whispered singing. Guest appearances throughout lend even more artistic edge to the proceedings -- besides the "$10 Bill" appearance, the three-member Motherhead Horns (including David Ouimet, future Tod A collaborator in Firewater) take a bow on "Got No Soul." April Chung's violin on "Cut to the Chase," meanwhile, adds a distinctly Eastern European folk vibe to the fierce clang. ~ Ned Raggett
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (7/9/93, p.50) - "...clatters like a subway car full of bad attitudes..." - Rating: B+

Melody Maker (4/24/93, p.35) - "...ASK QUESTIONS LATER is one hell of an anguished and strident, intelligent and exciting attack..."

NME (Magazine) (4/17/93, p.29) - 8 - Excellent - "...howl[s] a chill wind in the fresh, superficial face of hope....Tod A snarls with a rancour so caustic his vocal chords seem to be corroding as he chokes out the words...their compelling, bitterest best..."
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