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Go-Kart Mozart are on the Hot Dog Streets is the second album by Go-Kart Mozart, an odd little band that I've only just come across. The act is led by "Lawrence" former singer, songwriter and guitarist of Felt and Denim. I'm fairly new to all three bands but what I've heard, I like, perhaps a bit unexpectedly as it's not at all like the types of music I usually listen to.
Vocally, Lawrence sounds a bit like Mike Skinner, frontman of The Streets, unsurprisingly perhaps as both are from the West Midlands, emphasised by the song "West Brom Blues", there's also a slight cool punky sneer to his voice though, that is reminiscent of Joe Strummer.
Musically, it's really quite playful and like nothing you've probably heard before. Electro-synth pop, often in a silly manner, it sounds like tetris on acid but unlike similar acts like Kunt & The Gang, Lawrence is a great wordsmith, bringing working class thoughts to his listeners by painting images of chav filled beaches, market places and football. Unexpectedly, this is also an album that you can find songs of love and heartbreak as The Sun, As Long As You Come Home Tonight and Retro-Glancing. The subject turns to politics and history in a much calmer, electro guitar rock ballad Blowing in a Secular Breeze.
I'm not entirely sure how you would dance to this type of music, the electronic aspects of it sound like one of those dancing christmas trees has gone to a rave and is probably too much on the novelty side to get too much radio air play. The calm continues with Mickie Made The Most which interestingly mentions Gary Shaw, the promising young Villa attacker whose career petered out after an injury.
After that two catchy tracks follow, both with strong nods to the eighties with really catchy choruses - White Stilletos in the Sand and I Talk With Robot Voice, next up is Synth Wizard, nice enough but tends to drift a bit. Then comes, the oddly named Spunky Axe which is equally as entertaining as the tracks that came before Synth Wizard, the lyrics are a tad nutty and the track is rather fast-paced, seemingly overly boistrous at first but it's good once you get into it. Like the album in general, it might take several listens to warm to.
Ollie Ollie Get Your Collie is a kitsch track about a market trader who sells cauliflowers, this is Pigeon Street meets The Archers in a continental disco. Some nifty bass lines and guitar riffs. Later, there's a 30 minute blast of rock in the form of Robot Rock which precedes an electronic come Gary Glitter anthem in the form of Electrosex. This is followed up by a glam rock track complete with sleazy lyrics in the form of Queen of the Scene. This enjoyable release comes to an end with the slow, smoochy Men Look at Women.
This album should have been topping the charts but it's either too odd for the mainstream or didn't get the right type of promotion. Eccentric, it is but it's a worthy addition to anyone's record collection, despite being a bit dearer than a lot of more succesful albums.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Lawrence Takes Over
2 West Brom Blues
3 The Sun
5 Cum On You Lot
6 Blowin In A Secular Breeze
7 Mickie Made The Most
8 White Stillettoes In The Sand
9 I Talk With Robot Voice
10 Synth Wizard
11 Spunky Axe
12 Ollie Ollie Get Your Collie
13 As Long As You Come Home Tonight
14 Robot Rock
16 Queen Of The Scene
17 Men Look At Women