Sunday, October 23, 2016

Song of the day

"Theme From 'Mad Flies, Mad Flies'", by Laughing Clowns.

From golden days, when giants walked the earth (to crib from the name of an excellent Laughing Clowns compilation album), comes "Theme from 'Mad Flies, Mad Flies'", released in 1982 as a single (see archetypal DIY / post-punk cover design above) and also appearing on "Mr Uddich-Schmuddich Goes To Town", an album so rare that even Ed Kuepper himself once claimed to have only ever seen one copy of it, being the one that he owns. (I also have one. I paid a small fortune for it when I was young and single. And stupid.)

This song demonstrates the democratic nature of Laughing Clowns at their best. Yes, Ed wrote the song and sings the words. Yes, his guitar chimes along in the background. But really, the song is all about everybody else. To be precise: (a) Jeffrey Wegener's quicksilver drumming; (b) the literal thwack of Biff Millar's upright bass; and c) the horns (take a bow, Louise Elliott and Peter Doyle).

The version below is not the recorded one (which I couldn't find online) but it is the same lineup, recorded live a couple of months after the album came out, and it is largely faithful (although it doesn't quite catch the physical nature of that bass).