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updated 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Strawberry Zots

It's good to know that at least one current band is poised, jangly-bouncy tunes at the ready and resident go-go dancers idling at their sides, in case Shindig or Hullabaloo or any of the other schlock-rock TV shows of the '60s makes a comeback.

The Zots are a New Mexico-based quintet (top age, 27) with a sound that's a shambles going on chaos. The band works hard at its good-natured cuteness, with a drummer named Bugs Bunner, a keyboardist named Izzy Thare and a lead vocalist, Mark Andrews, whose wobbly Everyman voice has an ingratiating edge to it. This first album even has a psychedelic-looking cover, the better to raise comparisons with similarly loose-limbed bands of the past—the Strawberry Alarm Clock naturally comes to mind.

The songs, mostly written by Andrews, are rarely burdened by much in the way of thought: Titles like "Hey, Hey, Hey." "Little Latin Lupe Lu." "Hey, Jill," "And You (Drive Your Pretty Car)" are good depth indicators.

The Zots might consider coalescing a bit and replacing some of the talk-singing with real vocalizing. Meanwhile, though, they seem to be having a happy time, and they even seem to be, in true '60s fashion, in a mood to share the fun. (RCA)

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