Monday, July 25, 2005

Can’t find it now, but somewhere I saw a tepid review of Madness’ The Dangermen Sessions, Vol. 1. I haven’t followed The Nutty Boys (I’m really pleased that I remembered that) recently, but I gather the current line-up now sometimes plays all-classic-ska-cover gigs as “The Dangermen,”and this is the studio equivalent. Picked up the single, “Shame and Scandal (in the Family),” which has charted here in France. Don’t know the original (and can’t fake it offline), but it’s a weird little incest-themed number credited to Lord/Pinard, seems pretty marginal, and this version isn’t up to much except a good trombone solo, even w/ Dennis Bovell prod. B-side is Marley’s “So Much Trouble in the World,” well-intentioned but middling.

#1 ‘round these parts, though, is our old friend Crazy Frog; I was reminded of his global dominance when the kid behind me in the hypermarché was buying a copy. But in the modest record shop across the street from the church in Rodez, there was only an empty spindle in the top spot on the singles wall.

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