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Jammy Smears - Ivor Cutler

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Genre: Folk / Artist: Ivor Cutler / Audio CD released 2004-01-26 at Virgin

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      28.10.2008 01:55
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      Humourous and clever. And stupid.

      Ivor Cutler - Oblique Musical Philosopher.

      This is a cd full of surreal/quirky songs and poems with lots of nonsensical observations and exaggerated childhood memories.

      Ivor's Glasgow accent is an absolute joy to listen to as he tells his amusing tales. If you like oddball, offbeat humour, then you should like this. Between Ivor's tales there are some short and sweet poems by Phylis King.

      Highlights for me include Life in a Scotch Sitting Room, Vol. 2 (including a description of a favourite childhood game - "battering each other over the head with thistles while shaking hands" :-)), Rubber Toy, Wooden Tree and Phylis's monologue finale The Wasted Call. Pure genius.
      Some of the bizarre scenarios conjured up by Ivor's wicked imagination will have you grinning from ear to ear.

      The tracks on here include both spoken word and 'songs' with music (mostly piano) accompaniment. Some are very short and basically just deadpan jokes: "The earth meets the sky over the hill. I was told by a sparrow with a lump on it's head"

      I'm so glad I discovered Ivor Cutler and so I thought I would spread the word a little because there is some brilliant material to be found. This is one of my favourites of his albums.

      Some of his songs have made it onto Myspace so check them out there if you're curious.

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    • Product Details

      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Bicarbonate Of Chicken
      2 Filcombe Cottage Dorset
      3 Squeeze Bees
      4 Turn
      5 Life In A Scotch Sitting Room
      6 Linnet
      7 Jumping And Pecking
      8 Other Half
      9 Beautiful Cosmos
      10 Path
      11 Barabadabada
      12 Big Jim
      13 In The Chestnut Tree
      14 Dust
      15 Rubber Toy
      16 Unexpected Join
      17 Wooden Tree
      18 When I Stand On An Open Cart
      19 High Is The Wind
      20 Surly Buddy
      21 Pearly Winged Fly
      22 Garden Path At Filcombe
      23 Paddington Town
      24 Cage Of Small Birds
      25 Life In A Scotch Sitting Room
      26 IRK
      27 Lemon Flower
      28 Red Admiral
      29 Everybody Got
      30 Wasted Call