So you thought the histrionic hijinks of the Darkness were hilarious? Wait'll you hear the synth-tweaked new wave parody by the Diff'rent Darkness . Cleverly named Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Darkness (Guided Missile), the three-song 7-inch EP includes a snazzy revision of Get Your Hands Off My Woman and the Orff Orchestra 's twisted take on Love On The Rocks With No Ice. But the clear highlight is the deliciously Deutsche-sounding I Believe In A Thing Called Love, coldly intoned by Katrin Geilhausen . A stroke of barmy Brit genius.
Another week, another new faux subsidiary label of the French Soul Patrol reissue factory, releasing a 7-inch-sized double dose of rare vintage dance-floor funk. This time it's the Sex Machine Funky Soul Records imprint, bearing the sensationally sleazy Royal Tone ripper The Gigolo by Gene "Voodoo" Anderson and the sick Keb Darge spin on Hank Johnson 's You Lost Your Thing. As they say in Memphis, "Somebody ca-a-a-ll the po-lice!"
Looks great, sounds better
The "swank package of the month" honours went to Elliott Brood last week for their stylish paper-bag-covered family album package, but I Can Put My Arm Back On, You Can't deserve a special nod for releasing their disc in a generic-looking grey inter-office envelope with their name stamped off-register. Swell, sure, but better still, these fabulously named fools actually rock. Fans of Drive Like Jehu 's angular blasts who've been disappointed with the studio chicanery of Mark Trombino (see Less Than Jake ) should be delighted.
In the process of digging for new discoveries, there's always a threat of succumbing to the lure of the obscure at the expense of brilliant work by popular artists. James Brown is often taken for granted by funk collecters who might tend to flip right past the familiar JB floating 'fro logo. But don't let the Funk Lord Chapter I and II (Polydor) 12-inch EPs slip through your fingers - both contain uncut master class killers. Check the devastating eight- minute-long Can I Get Some Help workout on Chapter I and the aptly titled Funk Bomb on Chapter II. You need 'em both.