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Here Come the Zoo

4.8 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 5 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005Y1T4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,078 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Hands On The Bible
2. Half-Life
3. Son Of 'Cha!'
4. 5th Ave. Crazy
5. (Baby Wants To) Take Me
6. Rock & Roll Professionals
7. Keep Your Girlfriend
8. Creature Comforted
9. Bryn-Mawr Stomp
10. What Would You Have Me Do?

Product Description

Local H first struck during the post-grunge tide of the mid-'90s, and critics often boxed the band's early albums in with the sea of other Nirvana-worshipping artists. With Here Comes the Zoo, though, the Illinois duo sounds less like some wannabe Northwest outfit and more akin to Southern California stoner rock, with a classic rock kick. The psychedelic, sludgy riffs, thudding bass lines, and pressing heaviness to songs like "(Baby) Wants to Tame Me," "Half-Life," "What Would You Have Me Do?" and "Rock 'n' Roll Professionals" (featuring Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age), make Local H sound like a poppier version of bands like QOTSA, Fu Manchu, and Nebula. The harder metal edge and spacy instrumental passages work well on the album, but the band still seem to be struggling between taking the leap of faith to join their more experimental stoner-rock contemporaries and playing less interesting, radio-ready hard-rock songs (like "Hands on the Bible" and "Keep Your Girlfriend"). Hopefully Local H will side with the former, as the album's tripped-out, feedback-heavy ending shows these boys do have some Pink Floyd influences after all, and it'd be a shame to let them go to waste. --Jennifer Maerz

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It's sad that big corporation has brainwashed people so much these days that people can't even make their own decisions anymore. Everyone is going head over heals to fit into the norm and big corporation seems to be controlling what the norm is. With all the big record labels dominating the music scene and drilling into our heads what kind of music will make us "cool" it's almost impossible to find any good music out there today. With a band as good as Local H in existence I guess there's still a glimmer of hope as of what's to come. I've been listening to "Here Comes the Zoo" for almost a year now and it's still just as fresh as the first time I played it. Each song has a different personality to it. It's not one of those type of deals where all the songs are good but they're all made of the same formula so you don't know which songs to choose as your favorites. This is the only album next to Metallica's "Ride the Lightning" where I truly can say that I like every song on the album. "Hands on the Bible" is what's the album starts on. It's gotten a lot of criticism for being radio friendly but it's still a great song. "Tame Me" and its twin "What Would You Have Me Do" are also excellent masterpieces. Both are rather long and take a ridiculously long time to finally end but are still excellent and thought provoking songs. If you don't already have this album, GET IT! It will be one of the best albums you'll ever own. I always know is a good song when I instantly start singing along with it and there's scenes playing in my head and this album is full of those.
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Not a flaw can be found on Here Comes The Zoo. This is the most well-rounded, refreshing CD since I can remember. And I can remember a while back... when Local H was viewed as a Nirvana ... or even as those infamously damned copasetic guys. Come on people. This is rock music exactly how it should be: real, and emotional. Not radio friendly and undemanding. From the gently hard �Hands On The Bible� to the fading sounds of �What Would You Have Me Do?�, you get a taste of what rock music should be. And that�s epic. Every song is excellent and every song is distinct in its own way. Also (notwithstanding), I might be the only person who believes Brian St. Clair is a better drummer than Joe. Don�t get me wrong, Joe was an unbelievable talent, but just look at a song like �Son Of "Cha!"�. You�ll see what I mean.
1. Hands On The Bible - 5/5 - starts slow, ends hard. Satirically smart from start to finish. One of two radio hits; the second single behind �Half-Life�. A perfect start to the CD. Eighth favorite.
2. Half-Life - 5/5 - two of two radio hits; the first single. This one rocks the whole time and features Wes Kidd on guitar (formerly of Triplefastaction, St. Clair�s band). Fourth favorite.
3. Son Of �Cha!� - 5/5 - again, take note of Brian�s drumming here. His drum solo partway into the song is incredible and awe-inspiring. No other Local H song sounds like this: quick and almost drum-fronted. Third favorite.
4. 5th Ave. Crazy - 5/5 - another fast-paced rocker. Shanna Kiel�s (of Sullen) shouts of �...don�t slow down cause red means go� are breathtaking.
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This is by far the best rock CD since-well-their last one. After losing Joe and signing a new record label, I'm sure Local H has had no easy time. Let's give them credit. Every song on the CD is a hit. 10 songs, 10 hits. There's guest apperences by J.Ho of QOTSA, Jerry Only of the Misfits, and Wes Kidd of Triplefastaction. And Local H is not just rocking, they're rocking with purpose; from the socialy-based Half-Life to the political Creature Comforted. I have to say that I am a huge Local H fan, but that doesn't make it less appealing-at least it shouldn't. It's a great all-around rock CD. It has its ups, and has no downs. And that's what makes a great rock & roll CD: balance. By now their 2 singles Hands On The Bible and Half-Life have been getting some air-play, but I can't wonder how people (if they like the 2 songs) can't love this CD. They're not just "the Copacetic Guys" anymore. And if you know Local H by that rediculous name, shame on you.
In ranking my favorite CDs, Here Comes The Zoo ranks second only behind Nirvana's In Utero. It's that good. So don't miss out, just buy it. You won't regret it.
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You know, I thought that between this and Songs for The Deaf, we'd have a year of solid rock music. Sadly, the new QOTSA albums weighs too heavily on the indulgent side to be concidered a great album. So looks like Local H comes in first for BEST ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR!
First issue I want to address: Brian is no Joe. Not by a long shot. Instead Brian brings his own brand of rock hard thumping to Scott's increasing diversity. One thing that really comes through on Here Comes The Zoo is the distinctiveness of the song writing. No longer mired down being reffered to as a "Nirvana-clone"(I never really thought they were but I heard some Nirvana influences), Scott really carves out his own rock and roll niche here. The songs on here(kinda like Pack Up The Cats) reflect a taste for grunge with a smattering of 70's classic rock bands like Cheap Trick, Pink Floyd and Led(ugh)Zeplin. There are even some songs that aren't full bombast and have great pop hooks or a spacey feel to them. The cast 10 tracks on here are well rounded in diversity so the album stays interesting in 50 some minute glory.
In the days of POD, TRUSTcompany, and countless other worthless "rock" bands, Local H is king. Grunge may be dead, but at least Local H can keep rock alive. It was worth the 4 year wait to hear this.
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