Marc Catley & The Flaming Methodists - No Tomorrow: A Progressive Rock Gospel Opera In One Act

Saturday 1st October 1994
Marc Catley & The Flaming Methodists - No Tomorrow: A Progressive Rock Gospel Opera In One Act

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Plankton PCN143
FORMAT: Cassette Album
RELEASE DATE: 1994-07-08

Reviewed by Sammy Horner

Saint Satire has graced us with his presence once again, but this time it's not just a collection of spoof 'worship' songs. Oh no, this time Catley comes complete with band and brings us the story of Cruel Milsorro (I wonder what Adrian Plass would make of that name?), the corrupt ruler of Eschatlogica, who seemingly embraces Christianity, but then goes on to corrupt even the good Christians who follow him. In some ways this isn't a funny album at all, but then in some ways it's not meant to be, still, I dare you not to fall off your seat at PDQ Rant, the rap star who belts out the funniest dance track ever. Check out "Dolphins Make Me Sick" and what about "God Lurves Country Music"! This album goes beyond Marc's other releases for a couple of reasons, first of all unlike albums like 'Make The Tea', which Catley played intentionally naff, we get some glimpses of the man's talented musicianship (usually only heard on his outings with the late Geoff Mann), secondly, some people saw Marc as simply a sarcastic and cynical menace, rather than the well read and intelligent commentator that this album reflects. Worthy of mention is the wonderful Marianne Velvart (as Marianne Derbyshire she was featured in CR4) who delivers some very funny stuff with complete sincerity! It's almost certain to offend someone, but Catley for me remains the best in his field. Check it out!

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