STYLE: Comedy RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 7869-7630 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
It’s not every day you get a CD which recounts the fictitious biography of prog rockers The Purple Tripe Collective or blues legends Smiling Jack Ramsden & The Irwell Delta Boys. Or a talking squid who dreams of a brighter tomorrow. Or a commercial for Dr Crankshaft’s Original Prune Juice. Or a sculptor who works with custard and plaster of paris. Such is the CD debut of British Christendom’s first stand up comedian. Occasionally the proceedings raise a belly laugh, though as Marc Catley conclusively proved years ago, playing intentionally badly (as here on “Blues In Eee”) is often more painful than hilarious. But Rich has a nice feel for the surreal – try the truly silly “Focus On The Arts”. After all the mayhem there are two musical tracks, tacked rather incongruously on the end. They show Rich is a pretty good heavy rock man of the old school.
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