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MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE

F. SCOTT KIRBY

REVIEW

AUGUST, 1987

"Justiceville" (NOtown) by The Butchers is a commendable record for one salient reason - subject matter.  The homeless situation in Los Angles (as well as around the U.S. of A.) is one of the more critical issues of the day, and these dudes tackle the problem intelligently and with verve.  The vehicle is the now-tired street rap (who needs musical talent anymore?), but the guitar and bass are funky, and the message ("Over 30,000 homeless people in L.A. / Men, women, children, no place to stay / Justiceville's an open door / Alternative to the mission floor") is something that needs to be faced - the sooner the better.  Now if the Butchers had instead tackled some worn topic (like partying till dawn or having fun with chemicals), this review would not have been so positive.  Hopefully, the lads will donate the $43 (or so) they generate from royalties to the hapless subjects of this song and not blow it on rolling papers and Jack Daniels.  We're countin' on you, lads!

NOTE:  AND THE BUTCHERS CAME THROUGH.  THE $43 WAS DONATED TO THE HAPLESS SUBJECTS.