At one time, Kids On TV were less a band than a spectacle, a filthy-clever electro-punk backdrop for tiny dancer John Caffery's gravity-defying choreography. This release cements their status as a Proper Musical Act - and a good one at that. It's radical queer politics that want to make you shake it so hard you're dripping with sweat, a cheeky delivery of the counterculture of glory holes, anarchy and trade iconography that comes across like JD's and GB Jones drawings set to breathless beats and glitchy, squelchy synths. Admittedly, most of the Caffery-sung tracks follow the same template - faggy oratory about everything from hanky codes to the market value of whiteboy ass mixed high over top of urgent, percussive noise, but the content of his manic speak-singing is smarter and funnier than anything else you'll hear on a dance floor. And the covers here - of Roxy Music's In Every Dream Home A Heart Ache and Jermaine Stewart's cult 80s hit We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off - prove KOTV can do melody when they're in the mood.
KOTV kick off their residency at Buddies In Bad Times tonight (Thursday, May 24).