After making a full recovery from a fatal attack of Chinese bird flu, composer/bassist/producer Martin Gordon continues his adventures in pop wonderland with his third solo offering in as many years. A former member of US band Sparks, he later formed Jet and Radio Stars before embarking on a long period as record producer and sideman to an endless array of stars, non-entities and idiots (which includes the Rolling Stones, George Michael, Kylie Minogue, the Tiger Lillies, Blur, Sezen Aksu, Primal Scream and Asha Bhosle). But enough of that…He decided recently, and began to concentrate upon his own creations once more.
The follow-up to The Baboon in the Basement (2003) and The Joy of More Hogwash (2004), who knows what the fates have in store for this, the corybantic third part of the so-called Mammal Trilogy? Not he.
Assisted by singer Pelle Almgren from Stockholm, Chris Townson on drums and boy wonder Enrico Antico making his debut on guitar on guitar and terminal vowels, it’s service as normal for our happy-go-lucky purveyors of why-oh-why-must-we-fling-this-filth-at-our-pop-kids. During a consideration of the enduring oddities of life in this topsy-turvy world, Gordon touches upon foreign holidays and cargo cults who worship Queen Elizabeth’s consort Prince Phillip as a god, warns against relaxation of the thinking laws in the UK; he considers age as a cricketing metaphor, he obfuscates the delicate matter of gay smoking, he marvels at miracle babies from Ghana and he scarfs down fast food whilst scoffing at fat people and muses over the lack of interest currently shown by God in anything at all. There are also two covers, one of the evergreen ‘Captain of the Pinafore’, from Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta HMS Pinafore; the other is Paul McCartney’s treatise on moles, ‘Too Many People’.