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"Cockey Lockey, Turkey Lurkey , Goosey Loosey"....a great British album of the eighties,
This review is from: Bummed (Collector's Edition) (Audio CD)
With massive irony , considering the bands propensity for getting slaughtered whether it be via drink or as is more likely drugs Bummed was recorded at The Slaughterhouse in Great Driffield ,East Yorkshire. Bummed , released in 1988, came out prior to the outbreak of the "Madchester" rave scene but if anything sums up the vibe of the whole thing its this album.It has a swaggering devil may care hedonistic verve but one filtered through the working class estates of Manchester's suburbs rather any glitzy showbiz ephemera.
That the relatively vibrant tones was,nt necessarily matched by the lyrical themes- dealing with drug addiction , crime, and a song originally titled "Some C*** From Preston"-later changed to the "Country Song" is no great surprise considering then bands background .But the furiously funked up grooves and sheer danceable rhythms were .That said Sean Ryders lyrics-frequently described as street poetry - are an inspired mash-up of dextrous phraseology and converse imagery and are often very funny at that.
Happy Mondays at that time were memorably described as P.I.L. meets Parliament which as good a way to describe them as any though Joy Division on Prozac melding Can and Chic is another. What ever way you want to describe this music the bands unique council estate fusion of funk and rock allied to producers Martin Hannett,s astute production( The use of echo and reverb on the drums is especially distinctive) make Bummed a stand alone album in terms of sound .
What really makes Bummed essential though are the songs. Moving on from the rather chaotic bent of their debut album "Squirrel G Man" these were songs with tangible melodies , straight to the hips rhythms and with the odd song -sheer infectious pop sensibilities. " Do It Better" is a jollified knees up for a forgotten generation . "Lazyitis" filches the Beatles "Ticket To Ride" to it,s twanging chords. "Fat Lady Wrestlers" is propelled by an inexorable tumbling melody and "Moving In With"has steely guitar chords slicing through like a reprobate shark fin. Only the comparatively morose keyboard strains of "Brain Dead" interfere with the flow of the albums scuffed pop diffidence. The tour de-force is "Wrote For Luck" a quite magnificent track with a phalanx of blunt edged guitars allied to forceful percussion and a salient nod to the dance floor.
This collectors edition CD comes with a bonus disc featuring various remixes of songs off the album, some of which became staples of the burgeoning rave scene. Most significant is the "WFL" Vince Clarke remix and the Paul Oakenfold "WFL"(Think About The Future) remix. Oakenfold would go on to work on the bands more commercial follow up to Bummed -"PIlls Thrills & Bellyaches", an album that nearly bankrupted "Factory". There are three mixes of "Hallelujah" and the "Lazyitis" (One Armed Boxer Remix)" which bizarrely featured wholesome country legend John Denver.
One of the most important British albums of the 1980,s Bummed also harked back to the punk aesthetic that anyone could pick up instruments and form a band . Bummed took that principle and then subverted it slightly , eschewing much of the the middle class voyeuristic social commentary of that era and really giving us the sounds of the suburbs.Working class boys , telling us, in their own idiosyncratic way , what their lives were really like. It,s not pretty but its hugely entertaining and it heralded a movement that was soon going to have a massive cultural impact Whether you class it as "Cockey Lockey" , Goosey Loosey" or indeed "Turkey Lurkey" Bummed is essential....though whether this special edition is worth the extra money, considering how cheap the original album is, is open to debate.
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Initial post: 27 Feb 2008 11:41:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2008 11:43:12 GMT
Good review, but it was Karl Denver of 'Wimoweh' fame on the Lazyitis remix, not John Denver...
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2008 07:12:26 GMT
russell clarke says:
Would you beleive me if i told you i knew that and that this is case of me not concentrating fully while writing the review?.............Thought not.
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