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Ready For This - Tim Minchin
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Ready For This - Tim Minchin
Advantages: Some of the funniest songs you'll ever hear.
Disadvantages: Language can be a bit fruity.
Closely resembling a 1980's pop god, with Robert Smith's messy hair and Nick Rhodes' guyliner, Tim Minchin is a bit of an enigma. Originally from Australia, Tim first emerged onto the comedy scene in 2005 at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with his show "Dark Side".
I first saw him on television a few years later when he performed at the Secret Policeman's Ball on Channel 4. The gorgeous long tousled hair and cheeky grin of this talented wordsmith caught my eye immediately. (Oddly I find men with long hair and completely bald men equally attractive. Don't know what that says about me)!
Not only was he easy on the eye, he was clearly a gifted musician too. But what really made him stand out from the other comedians was his ability to write and perform wonderfully wicked and hilariously funny songs. I had thought that no-one could match the witty lyrics and human warmth of Victoria Woods, until I heard Tim performing "If I didn't have you", complete with his now trademark self conscious dance moves.
In 2009 I was lucky enough to see Mr Minchin live in my home town during his "Ready for This?" tour. It was a brilliant night and a few days later I downloaded this live album from itunes because I loved the songs so much. Whenever I have my itunes on shuffle, and one of Tims songs come on I have to stop whatever I'm doing and just listen because the lyrics make me laugh out loud. If I have my ear phones on and I'm in a public place at the time, people actually think I'm mad!
We start with the title song, which showcases Tim's unique musical talents, and his devilish sense of humour.
Track 2 is called Prejudice and is a thought-provoking ballad about the trials of being a redhead, and how only fellow reds can ever use the "G" word.
The third track is a tongue-in-cheek rant about religion, in which Tim encourages audience participation and it should really be offensive, but just ends up being absurdly funny because of his refusal to be intimidated by the audiences' British reserve. Never one to shy away from controversy, Tim's music is always on the fringe of bad taste, yet you just can't help being genuinely impressed and amused by the clever lyrics.
Other highlights include the aforementioned "If I didn't have you", written for Tim's wife, in which he confesses candidly that if they had never met he would probably be with someone else, and speculates on how different his life would be if he had settled with another woman. It's an affectionate ode to the love of this life, with a sartorial nod to fate and the role it plays in all our lives.
My favourite is the epic poem "Storm", a cuttingly sarcastic account of a dinner party where Tim is introduced to a young, attractive, tattooed new-age hippy, full of spiritual claptrap, and his unsuccessful attempts to reign in his drunken ego as she argues with him across the table.
It is a truly impressive piece of work which gives an insight into the mind of Tim Minchin, a man who appears to have an angel perched on one shoulder and a devil on the other.
The album ends with an emotional ballad about Tim's family back in Oz and how they spend Christmas together. In complete contrast to the other tracks, this one tugs at the heart strings and brings a lump to your throat. It is a stripped-back, honest account of what he holds most dear and is a fitting finale to this enthralling and entertaining live album.
Catch him live if you can, you won't regret it. Unless you are easily offended, in which case, you might!
Summary: A right good giggle!