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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.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Bicarbonate Of Chicken
2 Filcombe Cottage Dorset
3 Squeeze Bees
5 Life In A Scotch Sitting Room
7 Jumping And Pecking
8 Other Half
9 Beautiful Cosmos
12 Big Jim
13 In The Chestnut Tree
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
27 Lemon Flower
28 Red Admiral
29 Everybody Got
30 Wasted Call