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I Am Kurious Oranj

1 Mar 1999 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar 1999
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • Copyright: 1988 Beggars Banquet Records Ltd
  • Total Length: 56:54
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  • ASIN: B001MTYZZ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,346 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Hatherly on 10 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's 1988 so naturally MES and The Fall do a song/ballet/art statement about the Glorious Revolution of 1688, when William & Mary of the Dutch House of Orange were invited to take over the English throne (that's the "Van Plague" he's talking about). I mean, what else would a pop band do with their time? But this album contains one of the all-time great Fall songs, one of the pinnacles of Mark E Smith's art, the towering, almighty re-interpretation of William Blake's "Jerusalem". It kicks off with "Dog is Life", a rant against dogs and dog owners that I totally identify with ("you don't see many rabbits being walked down the street") and then Jerusalem proper begins, and your life is never the same again. The band here is playing as heavy as they ever did on this track, the bass just grinding down, and down, and then down some more, while MES spits out Blake's verse with powerful menace, he really means it, ("I will not rest until Jerusalem is built in England's green and pleasant land"), and then, in the middle, he produces a glorious statement of libertarian sarcasm, as MES slips on a banana skin, hits his head on a protruding-ah!, brick-ah!, chip-ah!, and blames it all on the government. "It was the government's fault-ah! It was the fault-ah! of the government! Think I'll move to Holland, or Sweden, and get looked after properly by the government-ah!" I love this track, saw them do it live in London in 1989, it was very intense and, what's more, it was the night after the budget announcement! You'll appreciate that if you listen closely to "Jerusalem". The rest of the album is ok, but believe me, while some of their other work matched it, they never surpassed what they acheived here on "Jerusalem".
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Dalton on 20 Nov 2002
Format: Audio CD
Ballet, the Fall. It is not the first pairing to come to mind i guess. Perhaps this can be a litle arty at times, it has something of a classical feel; repeated themes, and even repeated songs, dominate with subtle changes. The rhythms are aggressive, and ostentatiously vocal whoops make this definitively MES's work. What else would you expect? The verbal p[layfullness here is akin to that one might find in Beefheart's better bits, think Mirror man sans stonedness, for circularity of reference and punning.
And then, of course, overall, it's an eighteenth century, historical, concept album rock ballet. This genre does not form the bulk of many people's collections (unless aforementioned are small collections indeed). In a way one owes oneself a little insight into such a world.
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By James Crawford on 20 Mar 2014
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One of Britain's foremost humourists (along with Prince Phillip) excels. Possibly not one for the purists but tunes/lyrics you can hum (one of my three kids likes it, particularly Kurious Oranj and New Big Prinz).
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