Christopher Milk

Some People Will Drink Anything

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The album packaging of Some People Will Drink Anything is justly famed as a classic of embarrassingly bad hype. Christopher Milk was a lightweight novelty pop act that was occasionally redeemed by decent playing and the stray good lyric. In 1972, not many bands were writing lyrics like "I knew I was destined to die in the outback when my agent stopped taking my calls." Unfortunately, that line and the rest of the very good song "Smart Alex" are lost in the unintelligible slurred growl of Ralph Oswald's voice. Unfortunately, the band gives some of the best performances to the worst material, a bizarre decision that was probably as much the fault of producer Chris Thomas as anybody. There are moments of intelligent and amusing pop on this album, but not enough to make it worth seeking out for listening purposes. It has become a collector's item because of the subsequent career of John Mendelsohn, who went on to become a rock critic for Rolling Stone and Creem. Mendelsohn professes to be thoroughly embarrassed by this album, and justifiably one might add.

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