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This review is from: Word Salad (Audio CD)
I got to know Fischer Z's first three albums almost as they came out, courtesy of a friend who bought them all. Their first, 'Word Salad', remains my favourite. Like other late seventies' newcomers such as XTC, they traded on the tidal wave created by punk rock while going all arty with snappy tunes and sharp, punning lyrics. John Watts played scratchy guitar, wrote all the material, sang a gloomy falsetto and had a penchant for reggae-tinged rhythms.
'Word Salad' is full of good tracks, mostly short. 'The Worker' got them on Top of the Pops and should have been a bigger hit (Steve Skolnik's keyboard playing on this is exquisite) but its pessimism probably did for it ('Bought a 69 Capri/Failed the MOT/What a waste of time'). If you like thoughtful, late seventies pop in the mould of early XTC, Police or Costello, you may like this.