P356 Teletext 356 Dec11 23:11:42       ————————————————————————————  BUCKS FIZZ   Writing On The Wall (Spectrum) Just what you need for a jolly Christmas - Bucks Fizz! The drink obviously, not the band. Listening to this hi-energy Abba now, you do wonder what possessed us to adore 'em so much in the '80s. This 1986 semi-techno album announced their post-crash new beginning with Shelley Preston in for Jay Aston. Few hits then but marginal kitsch value. ——————————————————————————————————1/6—— by Colin Irwin POLYPHONIC RINGTONES SEE p679 Week's best reco Tours Cinema Kids
P356 Teletext 356 Dec11 23:16:18       ————————————————————————————  BO DIDDLEY   Drive By: Tales From The Funk Dimension 1970-73 (Raven) When you think Bo Diddley you think blinding riffs and rock'n'roll hooks, but this strange album recalls a time when he attempted to diversify. Clearly impressed by the racy soul funk of Sly & the Family Stone, ol' Bo headed boldly off into that gritty netherworld. Not a good idea. Frankly it just sounds silly. ——————————————————————————————————2/6—— Best records of the week 357 IS LOVE IN THE AIR FOR YOU? p348 Week's best reco Tours Cinema Kids
P356 Teletext 356 Dec11 23:16:36       ————————————————————————————  VARIOUS ARTISTS   Pop Goes Christmas (Music Club) You've seen the title, there can't be much more you need to know about this budget impulse purchase. The sort of impulse that'll turn you into Scrooge. Still, it might be a giggle after 19 sherries - Bob the Builder, Smurfs, Tweenies, Cheeky Girls, Macarena... and Spice Girls doing Sleigh Ride. Bizarrely it also includes Stevie Wonder's One Little Christmas Tree. ——————————————————————————————————3/6—— Beat the bamboozler 140 GET A BRAND NEW SEAT IBIZA FOR PENNIES? SEE p684 Week's best reco Tours Cinema Kids
P356 Teletext 356 Dec11 23:16:32       ————————————————————————————  THE POGUES   Rum, Sodomy & The Lash (Warner) As the blessed Shane and his chums go once more into the breach, an extensive Pogues reissue programme is launched. Produced by Elvis Costello in 1985 this second album is the best, a frantic, undisciplined barrage of punk Irish, yet tender and sentimental too. Brown Eyes, Sally MacLennane, Dirty Old Town, Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn, Jesse James, Every Day... classics all. ——————————————————————————————————4/6—— The games people play 375 CELEBRITY GOSSIP p617 Week's best reco Tours Cinema Kids
P356 Teletext 356 Dec11 23:17:48       ————————————————————————————  JERRY GARCIA BAND   After Midnight (Warner) After all those five-hour jams with Grateful Dead you wouldn't expect Garcia would have had time to do much else but he did have his own band too. On the evidence of this live recording from 1980 they weren't half bad either, often more accessible than the Dead. Inspired covers of Eleanor Rigby and Simple Twist Of Fate mingle happily with his own tireless jams. Not bad. ——————————————————————————————————5/6—— We are Ace for pop music 380 Had an accident? Need Advice? See ITV1 p386 Week's best reco Tours Cinema Kids
P356 Teletext 356 Dec11 23:12:25       ————————————————————————————  THE CURE   Three Imaginary Boys (Fiction) It's 25 years since the release of this Cure debut album? You jest Fiction, surely you jest. The stops have been pulled out for this second coming, with all the usually re- mastering stuff and an exotic packaging that includes a veritable army of unreleased live cuts and funny demos. The music has weathered well, meriting its reputation as a quirky masterpiece. ——————————————————————————————————6/6—— Total entertainment for all 300 BEAT THE BAMBOOZLER p140 Week's best reco Tours Cinema Kids