I, Ludicrous

It's Like Everything Else

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Armed with little more than a guitar, drum machine, four-track, and a smirk, the group's debut rode on the local popularity of "Preposterous Tales," then got airplay on John Peel's radio show and elsewhere. The songs are simple chord progressions over which lead singer Will Hung tries his best to sound like an undergrad Mark E. Smith, just more coherent (they even sound like the Fall on "Fabulous" and steal a riff for "Ludicrous"). Some of the satirical targets are dated by now (Bob Geldof in "A Pop Fan's Dream," the references in "Ludicrous") if not obscure to anyone not listening in 1987. But fans of droll, deadpan delivery will find much to like in "Three English Football Grounds" (with a hook they've yet to top), "Preposterous Tales," and "Are You Turning Round and Telling Me?" Despite their parody of pub singers Chas and Dave, this is English humor well-soaked in pints of light and bitter.

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