Strawberry Zots

Love Operation

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Some bands seem to go out of their way to have misleading names -- if a band's name sounds like something you would expect from a punk outfit but its music is actually introspective folk-rock, you can safely assume that the band loves to be ironic. But the Strawberry Zots' name wasn't the least bit misleading. That sounds like the name of a 1960s psychedelic combo, and, sure enough, Love Operation usually recalls the psychedelic pop/rock of that decade. "Everything's Fun!," "Lonely Enough As It Is," and "So I Did" are about as retro-1960s as it gets. This 1991 EP even contains a cover of Friend and Lover's 1968 hippie/flower child anthem "Reach Out of the Darkness." However, the Albuquerque band shifts gears on "The Girl Who Couldn't Decide," which recalls the funk and disco of the 1970s. Unfortunately for the Strawberry Zots, Love Operation didn't sell. But it's still a pleasant, if less than remarkable, exercise in nostalgia.

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