Female front-line garage-offense of the Lipstick Pickups verses the Bikini Bumps darker vision of rock-n-roll in epic combat on one piece of vinyl! This vinyl is now out of print, but the Lipstick Pickups songs along with a bonus track ended up on the Six Steps to a Better you CD!
For someone who hates So Cal, I spend a whole lot of time listening to records from there. Anyway, the Lipstick Pickups have enough charm and sass to keep me bopping, coming off as like a teenage version of the Bobbyteen: far spunkier, very smarmy and semi-sweet. Impressive. As far as I’m concerned, this is a one-sided single, because I will never listen to the lame-ass Bikini Bumps ever again. Worth it for the Lipstick Pickups. Carve up the Bikini Bumps side.
(MC) AMP, Issue #3, June/July 2003
Split 7 inch (that’s a split itself between the G.C. and Erectords labels) featuring talent taken from the Anaheim gene pool. Bikini Bumps give up some solid garage rock, not earthshattering but a decent listen. LP gets the party started though, with 3 cool bursts of fun fem-voxed garage tuneage.
(David) SHREDDING PAPER, Issue #15, April 2003
The Lipstick Pickups play three songs of snotty female-fronted punk. The Bikini Bumps play similar snotty garage punk with male vocals. They’re a little better musically, but not as annoyingly fun as the Lipstick Pickups. Still, these are both good bands that will get your toes tappin’.
(NS), PUNK PLANET, Issue #54, March/April 2003
Lipstick Pickups start off on side one and you feel the snot shooting out from the noses of their dual female vocal attack. The music is a garage-soaked rock’n’roll fun time. I flip the platter of vinyl to listen to the Bikini Bumps. They play a raw, early ’80s OC surf style of punk that is snotty and edgy. The stripped down recording does them justice. Two unknowns (at least to me) put out a great sample of their music, which is worthy of your hard earned dollars.
(Donofthedead) RAZORCAKE.COM, March 2003
The Lipstick Pickups play great poppy rock and roll (with a clear Bobbyteens/Nikki & the Corvetes influence!), with cool girl vocals. The Bikini Bumps play good old-fashioned poppy rock and roll. If striped t-shirts, tight pants, and skinny ties are yer thing, you know what I mean, you’ll eat this up! If this were a cereal, it’d be Fruit Loops! Punk!
(Maddy) RAZORCAKE, Issue #12, Feb/March 2003
Lipstick Pickups: Dual female vocals. One’s really good. The other one’s a screech – like a squirrel in a wood chipper. Imagine if super early Go Go’s were Japanese, huffed glue, and sounded like they were trying to get a command of the English language, but were really from Anaheim. Or if you beat up Shonen Knife really bad and stuck microphones in the wounds. They pull off a sort of inspired retardedness that’s actually harder than it looks because the Lipstick Pickups don’t fail to rock through all three tracks. Bikini Bumps: Ever listen to a band that you’re thiiiiis close to really liking, but it sounds like their music’s driving around with the parking brake on? The better track of the two, “Bikini Bumps + Talent = Violence” has a cool, meandering guitar over nicely gritted up vocals, and a steady beat. It’s really close, but I would either step on the gas or twist the swagger knob a bit further to the right. Look forward to hearing more from both bands.
(Todd) RAZORCAKE, Issue #11, November/December 2002
BIKINI BUMPS play sassy garage punk-with the emphasis on the punk. Their well done use of melodies makes me sorta think that if this was 1980 they could paly with the EYES and the RANDOMS at the Masque and everyone would be stoked to see them. They seem like the sort of band that could get the party hopping. The LIPSTICK PICKUPS, though, are the winner of this split-much the same music stylings-but the extra chutzpah helps. I don’t know if it’s the dominating snotty female vox or maybe it’s just in the production. Whatever it is-it rules, OK?
(MT) MAXIMUMROCKNROLL, Issue #235, December 2002