Manchester based 67 Kung-Fu Eskimos’ latest EP Return of the Magnificent 67 …. Back From Hells Igloo is the follow up to their debut EP Suitable for Microwaves which was released over twenty years ago, you can read about why it’s taken them so long to record their second offering here.
The opening track Passing of Time consists of the tick-tock, ticking of a clock and I counted twenty tick-tocks so this possibly represents the years the band these Eskimos lay frozen in their igloo in the deep dark depths of South East Manchester! From the tick tocking we go straight into some radio interference, religious chanting and what sounded like Terry Christian (although it may well have been lead vocalist Paul Cash) telling us that ‘When one person suffers from a delusion it’s classed as insanity, when thousands suffer from delusions it’s called Religion‘ leading into No Salvation with a country vibe. Then Now’s The Time time to read Fifty Shades of Grey? With a chugging beat, some Hawaiian style riffs and including the lyrics ‘Tie me up and force me, it’s time for me to kneel, if you beg I’ll let you hurt me’ before ending with the line ‘I’m your wicked bondage mule’ and donkeys lead us into monkeys with the mellower Mad Crazy Ape which, had me thinking of Big Audio Dynamite and would make nice relaxing lounge music, unless you start to ponder on the lyrics, because you whoever wrote them is frankly a bit insane and getting madder by the minute hence Victor!!!! A song about Victor or was it Victor – argh or Victor/Victoria? which reminded me musically of the Anti-Nowhere League until half way through it suddenly slows down and the narrated lyrics tell us that in ‘room 1205 she said she was alive but she was dead, Victor!!!!’ Who is Victor? I dread to think because it would give me nightmares. He wears a dress and kinky underwear! I can only think of one Victor and I won’t think of Victor Meldrew in the same light again! To quote said Victor all I can say is I don’t believe it!
For fans of the weird, wonderful and frankly absurd! If you are mentally insane, high on your drug of choice, or just want to listen to something a little different, and you’ve got twelve minutes to spare then give 67 Kung-Fu Eskimos a spin. For fans of bands like Primus, The Cravats, The Claypool Lennon Delirium and Sheep On Drugs – Fifteen Minutes of Fame? In the case of this EP make that twelve!
1: Passing of Time
2: No Salvation
3: Now’s The Time
4: Mad Crazy Ape
Paul Cash – Vocals & Drums
Phil ‘Hendrix’ May – Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
Chris Williams – Bass Guitar
Neil Meadowcroft – Harmonica / Lucas May – Backing Vocals on Victor!!!!