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January 29, 2011

Whatevershebringswesing - Kevin Ayers [1971]


Lazy, lysergically charming Kevin Ayers. Underachiever par excellence but not today, not here. Deceptive opener comes on like a bass and orchestra driven out-take from Histoire de Melody Nelson: thrilling and unrepesentative. Did the moolah run out? Anyways, thereafter expect freaked out ditties, skew whiff music hall and nothing less than all round cracked pop genius. Much talk of getting high peaking with ridiculously catchy Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes (message: get greed-heads to spliff up; error of capitalist ways exposed; world better place).  Keen eye for the ladies too.

Oddi wrth y brawd


6 comments:

WOO DOPS said...

good writings! Also like the 'you might also like thingy...! Keep meaning to hear some Kevin Ayers, Cheers

Y Brawd said...

yer welcome. Joy of a Toy worth checking too.

Pastaman Vibration (ye-ah!) said...

As Y Brawd will know, I'm a big Ayers fan particulrly of his Harveste-era stuff. This one is perhaps his second best album, "Joy of a Toy" being numero uno hereabouts. His underachievement and none-too prolific output might have something to do with an overfondness of the fruit of the vine. His lack of ambition and general devil may care attitude, though, is endearing, and although he squandered many an opportunity his comparatively meagre oeuvre still leaves most of his contemporaries in the shade.

Still alive and well and living in France, still drinking his wine and rollin' his own.

All of which also reminds me of how influencial that original Soft Machine line-up (Ayers, Daevid Allen, Robert Wyatt)has been on my own musical education

Thank you...very...much

chocoa said...

can't wait to listen too---
weird bro is one of my fav blogs-
Just enough posts that bounce around
music styles.

Y Brawd said...

Cheers. Kind words. Just spreading the love.....

Roo Gatsby said...

Thanks for posting this! my introduction to K.Ayers came through BANANAMOUR...which is also an incredibly solid & playful record... i don't know much about him, but his voice is mesmerizing & i've been hunting for other recordings... lo and behold, there are many...

i'd also recommend recordings of Kevin Ayers and the Whole World performing live w/ Mike Oldfield on guitar...

cheers,
Roo