Here Comes the Zoo

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Here Comes the Zoo
Studio album by Local H
Released March 5, 2002
Recorded 2001
Genre Alternative rock
Length 62:04
Label Palm Pictures
Producer Jack Douglas
Local H chronology
Half-Life E.P.
(2001)
Here Comes the Zoo
(2002)
The No Fun EP
(2003)
Alternative cover
The later, non-lenticular cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]
Stylus Magazine (favorable)[4]

Here Comes the Zoo is an album by the band Local H. It was released on March 5, 2002 on Palm Pictures. This was their first album not released on Island Records. Starting with this album, every release so far has been on a different label.

The album was originally released with a lenticular cover, with two images of Scott Lucas and Brian St. Clair. Later printings were not lenticular, and only included the image of Lucas on the cover.

Track Listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Hands on the Bible"   3:57
2. "Half-Life"   3:39
3. "Son of "Cha!"   3:16
4. "5th Ave. Crazy"   2:37
5. "(Baby Wants To) Tame Me"   9:14
6. "Rock & Roll Professionals"   4:06
7. "Keep Your Girlfriend"   3:10
8. "Creature Comforted"   4:10
9. "Bryn-Mawr Stomp"   2:41
10. "What Would You Have Me Do?"   25:14

Song Notes[edit]

  • "What Would You Have Me Do?" isn't really as long as the track time would suggest. The song itself could be seen as only lasting approximately 5:30, after which it segues into a ten-minute coda that incorporates elements from most of the previous nine songs (For example, the chant from "Keep Your Girlfriend" can be heard). The final ten minutes of the track consists mainly of faint, carnival-like sounds before ending with the same sustained chord that ended the coda. At around 24:11, the xylophone in the background plays the melody from Hey Jude by The Beatles.
  • "Hands on the Bible" was used in the film Big Nothing
  • "Hands on the Bible" references two Aerosmith songs, "Toys in the Attic" and "Rats in the Cellar", switching the words "attic" and "cellar" to form the lines "Rats in the attic / Toys in the cellar". Jack Douglas, producer of Here Comes the Zoo, produced both of these Aerosmith tracks.

Personnel[edit]

  • Scott Lucas – Guitar, Songwriter, Vocals
  • Brian St. Clair – Songwriter, Drums, Vocals
  • Simantha Sernaker – Performer on "Hands on the Bible"
  • Wes Kidd – Performer on "Half-life" and "(Baby Wants to) Tame Me"
  • Maxton Koc – Performer on "5th Ave. Crazy", "Rock & Roll Professionals" and "Keep Your Girlfriend"
  • Shanna Kiel – Performer on "5th Ave. Crazy"
  • Josh Homme – Performer on "Rock & Roll Professionals" - credited as J.Ho
  • Jerry Only – Performer on "Keep Your Girlfriend"
  • Gabe Rodriguez – Performer on "Keep Your Girlfriend"
  • Michael Alago – A&R
  • Nick DiDia – Mixing
  • Jack Douglas – Producer
  • Andy Gerber – Demo Engineer
  • John Hanti – Assistant
  • Areos Ledesma – Demo Engineer
  • George Marino – Mastering
  • Jay Messina – Engineer
  • Ryan Williams – Mixing Engineer

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

2002 Heatseekers No. 29
2002 Top Independent Albums No. 13

Singles[edit]

2002 "Half-life" Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 40

References[edit]