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Oedipus Schmoedipus

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  • Audio CD (29 July 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000026ZHE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Former member of Magazine, Visage & the Bad Seeds Barry Adamson set out on a solo path in the late 1980s, releasing some great soundtrack based work ('Delusion', 'Moss Side Story') as well as producing the underrated Anita Lane (the cover of 'Lost in Music' is fantastic) Adamson had sharpened up by the mid-1990s and with 'Oedipus Schmoedipus' delivered a perfectly eclectic (& eclectically perfect...)album. This record was a critical success, but now seems a little forgotten.
Opening with 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Pelvis' Adamson teams up with Jarvis Cocker, who drifts between Woody Allen irony & Serge Gainsbourg filthiness dealing with his Britpop idol self (the next step would be Pulp's bleak, greatest work 'This is Hardcore')- lyrically the only person since to have discussed this world is Mike Skinner on the new Streets single. "I enter a room and all the girls say C'mon Jarv can I be the first?"- it's helped by using that drumbeat originally found on Sly & the Family Stone's 'Dance to the Music' (&continued on Magazine's 'The Light Pours Out of Me', The Stone Roses' 'I am the Resurrection', Primal Scream's 'Rocks' & Sebadoh's 'Flame'), Audrey Riley's string arrangements & a gospel choir intoning "SAVE ME FROM MY OWN HAND!"...'Something Wicked This Way Comes'fits wonderfully alongside the so-called trip hop work of Massive Attack & Portishead and like those two can be seen to set the tone for things like Goldfrapp & Gorillaz. This would feature in David Lynch's underrated 'Lost Highway', along with some new compositions Adamson made for the Trent Reznor-compiled soundtrack (Adamson previously finding his work on Reznor's soundtrack for 'Natural Born Killers').'Something...
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Simply a wonderful album. A truly eclectic mix of sounds and styles from Mr Adamson. From the wonderful collaboration with Jarvis (Pulp) Cocker, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis, to the big jazz band style of The Big Bamboozle, this album captivates you from start to finish - buy it, even if it's only for The Big Bamboozle.
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Oct. 2011
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Barry made a few phone calls to friends then crafted this piece of sonic sculptural perfection. Pulp Cocker, Nick Cave and Billy McKenzie along with some sumptously vice female luminariess have all lent their larynxes to his superb scored wah wah funk noir vistas of urban surrealism. The result is a piece of sublime music where images are naturally recreated in the head. Tough villains, and hard spymasters run through the tunnels within the a pulsing grey mass. Meanhile martinis are clinked and love games banged against headboards. Barry captured something from the big screen of his adolescence and then writ it larger than life in these 4D soundscapes. The intonations, the jazz lounge swirls are all high notes of perfection. This album works blasted in the car or turned down low as a night time lava lamp enticement to the worlds of swingers and late night whistlers.

Full of soft sweet maladies holding a steel malice. Barry creates a day glo land of technicolour Pearl and Dean snow coloured candy ice canapes. Cool, whilst never being frozen, this creates the soundtrack for a perfect Saturday night spent making hot shapes to cooler moves where only two are company and three are a good night in.

Slip in between the satin sheets of the mondo lounge bar and swirl those Tiki lips around the rim to draw in the sweetness, then blow the night away whilst Barry lulls you into his tracks.
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I remember buying this purely from a good review in The Guardian and am so glad I did. I didn't know a thing about Adamson aside from he was a Bad Seed - seeing as I like Nick Cave, I thought it was a good bet.
Boy what a mindbender. There are big band blast-outs, weird little lounge jazz numbers, semi nursery rhyme/moral stories. you name it, it figures on Oedipus Schmoedipus. If you like your music to be of basically one genre, then forget this album. If however, you like to me challenged musically, then give this a go. It's not an album you'll forget in a hurry.
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