Kim Cooper and David Smay are founders/coeditors of the fanzine, Scram, which is devoted to pop music obscurities. Scram was an editor's choice in Factsheet 5 for unusually great writing and sited by LA Weekly as a best-of-LA publication. They are coeditors of Bubblegum Music Is the Naked Truth: The Dark History of Prepubescent Pop from the Banana Splits to Britney Spears.
Lost in the Grooves is a genre-surfing Smithsonian of overlooked musical marvels. Without fetishizing obscurity for its own sake, the Guide sidesteps cynical cool vs. uncool upsmanship and celebrates castoffs -- by both the forgotten and the famous -- which exude trend-transcending merit. Each entry compels you to seek out the music. -- Irwin Chusid, WFMU DJ and author of Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music Caprice is everything, and SCRAM's lost grooves are a music geek's very heaven. The zinester spirit of lauding the officially uncool lives on in this eminently dip-worthy collection. -- Barney Hoskyns, author and editor of Rock's Backpages, The Online Library of Rock & Roll Kim Cooper and David Smay have scored again with their invaluable guide to the best sounds you've never heard. Impeccably researched, refreshingly subjective, they almost make being obscure as much fun as being rich and famous. Of course, they forgot to mention my band.. -- Blag Dahlia of The Dwarves Scram is truly a resource for those musicians just outside the windows of top-forty-land, those songwriters and guitar slingers looking for an outlet for their own particular brand of art. Accordingly, Lost in the Grooves takes up where Scram leaves off -- a compilation of ruminations from 75 critics and music aficionados detailing their favorite slices of the scene... Lost in the Grooves is not a book for fans mad about one band or one particular singer. Instead, this is a book for the serious music fan, for those serious students of the art form curious about who-influenced-who and what sound rose out of what region. Like turning on a radio station and listening to a feverish wounded-voiced DJ tell you the reason behind every record you never heard, there's 20 new things to be learned on every page here . -- Electric Review What makes Lost in the Grooves a real groovy read is the honest passion its contributors exhibit for their lost-and-found faves. . -- Mojo Magazine Music trivia fans who enjoy the offbeat and odd get all the stories behind these selected notables-but-not-greats. Highly recommended . -- Bookwatch