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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent,
This review is from: McIntyre, Treadmore & Davitt (Audio CD)This album was the first outing after the lads split in th 80's. There are loads of magical bits on the album but without a doubt the greatest HMHB track ever (Everything's AOR) is on here and it deserves repeated re-playing. Any band that can fit Kendo Nagasaki into their lyrics deserve the status of "national treasure" that John Peel accorded the Biscuits.
Brilliance, Nigel my boy, Brilliance
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Who's afraid of Virginia Wade?",
This review is from: McIntyre, Treadmore & Davitt (Audio CD)The front cover of the Biccies 'comeback' album from 1991 features a still from a football-themed episode of Michael Palin's "Ripping Yarns" series from the '70s. It's a characteristic touch from a band who famously turned down a slot on 'The Tube' as it clashed with a Friday night home fixture for Tranmere Rovers.
Where this album has the edge over later efforts is in, well, the tunes - most of them are pretty damn hummable and that's not something you always get on other albums by Birkenhead's scathing, post-punk satirists. And any band that rhymes 'lackey' with 'Kendo Nagasaki' is obviously worthy of our most serious attention.
The Biccies have always been suspicious of prescribed 'cool' texts, disdainful of student trendies - "Don't know much about The Highway Code/ And I've never read 'On The Road'/ I don't read I just memorise names/So I can stagger through bohemian games."
Who else would excavate half-forgotten sporting, musical and cultural figures like Alan Brazil, Vitas Gerulaitis, Kip Keino, Hedley Verity, and Peter Grommitt in their songs?
There's probably a poncey doctoral thesis to be written unpicking all the Biccies rich and varied references. Thinking about it, that wouldn't be a bad way to spend the next 3 years of my life.......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Biscuits!!!!,
This review is from: McIntyre, Treadmore & Davitt (Audio CD)The cover is a still from the 'Goldan Gordan' episode of Michael Palins fantasic 'Ripping Yarns'- Gordan supports a local football team that haven't won a game for six years. Gordans unwavering support of his underdog team as well as the episodes absurdist humour goes extremely well with the legendary indie punks Half Man Half Biscuit. Before this i heard the raw 'Back in the DHSS again',the brilliant 'Actung Bono' and personal favourite 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Road'. 'Mcintyre, Treadmore and Davitt' stands up well in this quality company.
As always the lyrics are great and quite often laugh-out-loud funny- "if God had meant for us to work then i'm sure he would have given us jobs...sign on, you crazy diamond!" and "i could well do without the handclapping sequence at the end of Blockbusters" being good moments on this one. The 'Biscuits music can be pretty eclectic but this album finds them serving up the indie pop tunes with a healthy dose of rock solos. Like all 'Biscuit albums i think repeated listens reap rewards, catching a new lyric each time round. The 'Biscuit write about a lot of stuff other bands wouldn't have the imagination to, sounding annoyed, informed and hillarious all at once. Smashing stuff.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tighter than Mick McManus' trunks....,
This review is from: McIntyre, Treadmore & Davitt (Audio CD)Of all Half Man Half Biscuit's albums, I probably play this one the most. 'Everything's AOR' is a great track, but so are 'Let's not','Our Tune' and 'Prag Vec At The Melkweg'. In the latter, listen out for the following lyric: 'would you swap a hundred spandex overcoats, for the mental age of a haversack'. Buy this one, together with 'Editor's recommendations' and 'Some Call It Godcore' and start a Half man addiction.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album,
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This review is from: McIntyre, Treadmore & Davitt (Audio CD)I'd say this is the third best HMHB album after the joint two best of Actung Bono and Back in the DHSS. Its a close thing though as this album has it all - great lyrics and great tunes. My favourite is 'girlfirends finished with him'. It sort of sums up the band, an interesting unconventional song, great lyrics, and a fantastic ending. The first time I heard this song was on a run (Ipod) and as it got the great ending I just thought 'I love this band'. In these days of money gabbing commercialism, its so refreshing to have things in your life that are just perfect. HMHB are that. Just buy one of their albums. You wont regret it.
Even better they have a new album out soon! Totnes Bickering is up to their usual standard.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best they've done, but bloody good!,
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This review is from: McIntyre, Treadmore & Davitt (Audio CD)Ok it's not as original as their earlier stuff, but who cares? Its unique and genuinely funny music that you can sing along to after hearing it only once! Some of the best sing whilst you're drunk music you could ever hope for!
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