KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND 3
Goin’ Back To Wurstville (Dirty Water)
Runners-up? Runners-up, really? When last year the London rhythm’n’punk band appeared on the BBC as part of its search for Britain’s Best Part Time Band they should have been a shoo-in to win. Alas, terrible ska band Bombskare won. Which, on reflection, is probably for the best, because the band should first and foremost be known for the music and the shows, not winning some quickly thought-up show to fill the TV schedule of BBC Two. The band are a constant inspiration to all who come across them, working tirelessly to entertain us kick-seeking fools via many recordings and countless tours.
This, their third album, starts with a little bit of show-business razzmatazz, as sax-playing singer [and musical fellow traveller] Colonel Spencer of MFC Chicken fame gives them an MC-style intro. It sets the scene just like the live show, and the first track that follows is classic Salami: ‘Pineapple Mama’ being the twitchy, butt-shaking bastard offspring of Dr. Feelgood and The Sonics. The sound remains the same. Why improve on perfection?
There’s not much need to discuss individual tracks, for the template is clear throughout. Lashings and lashings of demented R&B played with skill and abandon by a well-versed combo. King Salami himself and his sandpaper-rough voice lead the way via entertaining stories about women, dancing, and, occasionally, meat products. 2016 single ‘Tiger In My Tank’ is mercifully included here, as it’s smoking. The intensity never lets up, the quality never drops below first-rate, and if you like your tityshakin’, rockin’ garage ‘Wild’ and ‘Swinging’ then you’ve come to the right place. Now you’re here pull up a chair and never leave.
The title for Britain’s Most Entertaining Band has a clear weiner. [best leave it there, in case I think up any more meat-based puns to make you groan].
Goin’ Back To Wurstville is out now on LP, CD, and DL via Dirty Water
BY PHIL ISTINE
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