Editor's note: a late 80s band that had some success in the UK but almost none in the US. Which speaks to why I have never heard of these guys despite their being a pretty good outfit. Side 1 is the pathos of the album whereas side 2 is the bathos and the record goes from pretty good to very average with the flip of the disc.
Editor's note: shysters, all of them! Except for maybe JFK who took a bullet because he wanted to limit the Federal Reserve and restore some hard backing to the currency. Other than that he was most likely part of the shadow government as well. It doesn't really matter though since he could give a damn decent speech here and there and that's what this is all about.
Editor's note: I apologize for the few skips on both sides but the record is laden with scratches and scuffs. This record was well before my time but it's still nice to hear two original and complete radio broadcasts. It's odd to think that radio was the television and computer of its time but it was. Odder to think that cowboys and indians were still a hot topic in the early quarter of last century.
Editor's note: I hope that somebody out there likes piano because I have about 10 of these records from the Euphonic's Piano Series and have just begun to crack them open and shall do so once a week or so. The good part besides the music is that most are in very nice shape and have only been played lightly. I'm liking what I'm hearing so far.
Editor's note: some storyline on the first side but mostly the songs from the cartoon which many who watched remember. I just didn't remember W.T.P. being a dunce although I guess I recall he was obsessed with honey and often got lost in that endeavor. A nice record for the keeeeeds.
Editor's note: you may not like the style of dance but you cannot easily dispose of the very excellent piano playing and scoring by John Childs which steals the whole show. I expected something very different than this and almost passed on this quarter record for that very exact expectation. It's a good thing that I didn't because it's a seriously beautiful record.
Editor's note: man, I'm coming to realize that many of the bands from the 1980s which didn't make it big all kind of sounded like The Fixx! Which makes sense since The Fixx didn't make it as big as they should have considering how many classic songs they put out. Other than that they are pretty much a power pop group which comes off a little too lite for my tastes.
Editor's note: as is the case with all of these Environment records you either like them for what they aren't doing or hate them for what they are. A lot of people only want records to play music but I'm not one of those. I like them because they are non-traditional and aren't music. I actually prefer spoken word records the best but limiting myself to just that would make for a fairly boring record blog now wouldn't it?
Editor's note: I'm sure that in 1976 that this was funny to a growing legion of Howard Stern types but for myself it's pretty craptacular! Yeah, I love Howard Stern but the two things about his show that always made me turn the dial were the farting shows and interviews with porn stars. I really hate porn stars! Not that I haven't watched some porn in my time but I just hate their stupidity levels and their "great business sense". Uhhh...yeah. Anyhow, farting contests also are just submoronic if taken beyond a one minute sketch or so. This is old school comedy so I won't be so harsh on it plus I like the name Lord Windesphere for some odd reason.
Editor's note: didn't Nietzsche say that the only thing more boring than an Englishman is another Englishman? If not, he should have. This record is so dreary in parts that I almost forgot that I am sweating through a hot Michigan summer and not living near a moat in the foggy cool English countryside. I'm not a big fan of folk music because I mostly hate story poem songs but this guy is good at what he does. Saying that I don't like it is no crime.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!