Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Frank Sumatra and the Mob (UK Weird Post-Punk?)

Frank Sumatra and the Mob - Te Dium
UK 1979
Small Wonder Records

Found this oddball release recently and ripped the vinyl today, below is what info I could find.

"One man, but with a million ideas, Alig Pearce’s Family Fodder collective garnered cult status in the early eighties with a string of lo-fi, schizophrenic releases, all in The Residents/ Flying Lizards/ kitchen sink tradition. however, unknown to many is the fact that within a month of releasing the first ever Family Fodder single, an Alig alter-ego appeared to put out this joyous EP.

Why Mr Pearce adopted a pseudonym for this release remains a mystery. the EP’s four tracks are typically eccentric and diverse. ‘Te Dium’ is a perfect slice of XTC guitar pop, with the added bonus of dreamy female backing vocals, jerky time signatures and the most mind-blowing distorted solo you’ve ever heard (but is it a guitar?). the EP’s other song ‘The Story So Far’, is another departure, and sees Alig adopt a convincing Russell Mael falsetto for a hyperactive chanson that recalls similar efforts by The Red Krayola or Peter Blegvad’s ‘Kew Rhone’ album. meanwhile, ‘The Blues’ and ‘Telstar’ (yes, that Telstar) are brief experimental, electronic excursions. humorous rather than haranguing."

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Frank Sumatra


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rich said...

"Story So Far", another classic Family Fodder track that wasn't on the Best Of! Good job

Jay said...

Wow - what a great post-punk neo-psych blast! I like this better than some of the earlier Family Fodder stuff. Thanks for unearthing this gem!