OUT LATE-FALL ON PERMANENT!
FOR FANS OF:
Dead Moon, Led Zeppelin, Granicus, Jerusalem, Grand Funk Railroad
FRED COLE'S (FROM DEAD MOON, PIERCED ARROWS, THE RATS, LOLLIPOP SHOPPE, ETC!) MID 70S HEAVY ROCK BAND, ZIPPER, FINALLY GETS A PROPER AND OFFICIALLY SANCTIONED STATESIDE REISSUE AFTER 40 YEARS!
RELEASED IN 1975 ON FRED AND TOODY COLE'S SHORT LIVED WHIZEAGLE LABEL, THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST KILLER RELEASES IN FRED COLE'S LONG HISTORY OF BLOWING OUR MINDS AND EARS!
ORIGINAL ARTWORK RESTORED BY BILL ROE OF TROUBLE IN MIND, AND CONTAINS TWO BONUS TRACKS NOT FOUND ON THE ORIGINAL ALBUM!
"File under awesome. 1973 no-frills, no bullshit, cock rock. This is Zipper—Fred Cole and company’s sicko American twist on Zeppelin and Black Sabbath." - Aquarium Drunkard
For our 50th label release, Permanent Records could not be MORE EXCITED to announce the 40th Anniversary reissue of Zipper's self-titled LP from 1975! You all know Fred Cole from Dead Moon. And yes, Pierced Arrows too! But preceding both of his more "famous" bands (and others like The Rats, etc, etc) was Zipper! Formed when Fred and Toody Cole returned to Portland, Oregon after homesteading in Alaska, Zipper was the beginning of both Whizeagle Records, their in-house label, and Fred's long illustrious DIY RnR career.
Equal parts acid fried psych, raw blistering guitar fireworks, proto-punk pummel and bone crunchin' heavy rock machismo, Zipper was Fred's headfirst dive back into the rock world after his disillusionment with the "garage scene" post Weeds / Lollipop Shoppe. No managers to tell him what songs to play or what "sound" was in. No label to fight with. Just Fred Cole and a close knit group of fellow disenchanted rock n rollers (Lorry Erk, Jim Roos and Greg Shadoan), playing their in-the-red whiskey and cigarette fueled music as loud and furious as can be!
So for those into scorching Acid Archives psych rock, Zipper is yer next fix! And for those those Fred and Toody Cole completists, this reissue is ESSENTIAL, as originals go for as much as $250!!!! For everyone else, if you like yer rock n roll, RAW, MEAN AND UNHINGED, just like it should be, YEAH YOU NEED THIS ZIPPER LP TOO!
Hey we're not the only Zipper fanatics here either. Read on for some more glowing words!
BRIAN TURNER, WFMU -
"Screw the American Idol aesthetic, Fred Cole's ragged pipes are among the world's most heavenly despite what many naysayers have to say (the same people probably hate Ron House and Jad Fair too). Cole's current trio Dead Moon continue to thunder around since the 80's, and while they got left behind in the big green Northwest Grunge cash-in, you would no doubt have seen Mark Arm, Kurt Cobain, and Eddie Vedder all worshipping at Big Fred's altar at various DM gigs. The recent Dead Moon biopic is truly inspiring, not just for the fact they are rockin' grandparents still doing it, but for their conviction to the whole DIY-ethic, building their own house, studio, guitars, and even vinyl-press while fearlessly rocking the world as only they know how. Before Dead Moon, Cole was in the Rats, and before that (but after his very Arthur Lee-inspired group the Lollipop Shoppe) came the band Zipper, circa 1975 but recently in WFMU's new bin. Needless to say, those with low tolerance for total dude rockist lyrics won't be amused (some of this stuff would make Jim Dandy do a double-take maybe), but this is righteous rock to the max, full of chunky, proto-punk riffery and blowout solos that never stray too far from a punk aesthetic despite the cock-rockery leanings."
ACID ARCHIVES -
"Fred Cole’s mid-70s album is as uncompromising as anything he’s done. His vocal style is especially strident on these hard rock songs, which don’t have the garage-style feel of Dead Moon or the occasional subtleties of Lollipop Shoppe. The first song is a bunch of raunchy double-entendres. Pretty twisted…This LP is worth hearing. It’s unique and wild. And the cover is handmade to the extreme."