Friday, September 4, 2009

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Clive Pig and the Hopeful Chinamen, "A Sense of the Size of the World" (1987)

Clive Piggott has never had a long and stubborn path that could make a hole underground and British sniper, or the luck to stumble on the road with a set of bells (the case of Martin Newell with Andy Partridge) for at least fatten his resume and the database of very small legion of fans and interested, so there remains in limbo by the eternally vindications of pop emerged after the breaths of the punk and new wave. It was in those days when you start your career, thanks to a glorious single 1979 with "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" ( as track star, a reggae-pop brand in vogue in those days, caught by the effervescent spirit of the moment. As "Our Movement" was not going to lag, we can say that this is one of the most unjustly neglected simple yet outstanding of his generation, without much justification.

The Talented Mr. Pig to count and sing delightful scenes of everyday life and surreal pop, pop in the best tradition of the Islands, will be distilling and sparingly throughout the eighties, so that only two albums will all his baggage over the years. Of course, escorted by numerous models and home videos as charming, and you can enjoy the second-in-your personal page,

"A Sense Of The Size Of The World" (Hopewell Records) is the second of those deliveries official after the 1983 self-titled album, which came to be published from the most strict editorial independence. "Looking for a Character", the theme that starts the album, misleads, since both in pronunciation and sound Magazine refers both to the last time ("Magic, murder and the weather") and that Howard Devoto that time flying solo ("Jerky Versions of the Dream"). Debt is such that we risk forget that this is an infectious track that inevitably sticks to the subconscious with indomitable power. But Piggott is not a mere cup-bearer of the legacy of the author of "Because You're Frightened". Already in "The Seaside is the Place by Which I Want to Die", the following registry change: a drama port halfway between Ray Davies and Shane MacGowan. The rest of the album lies on a capella pieces ("One Night in Greece", in the spirit of The Bonzo Dog Band floating in the air) and surprisingly diverse and inspired jingles key folk-pop ("The Demon of Perpetual Doubt "Stuck in Her Modern World" or "At the Church Outside the Village") dreamy theatrical pieces ("The Sun in Autumn") minstrel ("It's a Secret") or memories of the fiercest times of those waves ("My Room in a House with No Room"). Developments and tools as those used at the time Vic Godard and the leader of Cleaners From Venus.
But if a song stands out among so ragweed low fidelity is undoubtedly the perfect song for camp, "As Soon As She's Gone", with an impetus in the purest style of the first Elvis Costello, and serve to accompany a mythical single with with Trixie's Big Red Motorbike, at the time of the indie canon, meetings exclusive and completely outside the hype.

After a decade of endearing ramblings and crazy occurrences, it took a long time for Clive Pig Getting back to recording activity, that strange and elusive girlfriend, finally focusing on the role that more is going to our little hero: the storyteller (now preferably small ones) that does not neglect, as much as usual with him, the beautiful and delicious melodies, always governed by the British sarcasm fireproof and unmistakable.


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