Graham Parsnip Liquidiser Torture Think-tank (Revival) – Business Ducks
Confused By Geese Records
Primarily an astounding barrage of nonsensical whimsy, the GPLTT(R) are a particular favourite of mine as a live act. They’ve managed to get themselves into a studio and recorded an album chock full of tongue in cheek… actually tongue in cheek is a wrongness, I have a feeling that songs like ‘Tractor Love’ are earnestly serious recollections of a joyous experience in the country with a David Brown. I can relate.
Business Ducks is a true celebration of the normality of living in Birmingham. When I say normality, I don’t mean the mundane, wet weather, shaven headed yobs, being approached by tramps for nine pence and a fag butt normality that affects us all on a daily basis. I’m referring to the fact that life is filled with moments that we fail to recognise as worthwhile or noteworthy. The Parsnips have done exactly that. Or is it the opposite. Anyway, largely Birmingham centric with tales of the Sealife Centre, happenings in Victoria Square and major geo-movements in Rowley Regis, mixed with instructional musing on matters such as trout and household cleaning, the Graham Parsnip Liquidiser Torture Think-Tank (Revival) have updated the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band’s template with a distinct West Midlands slant.
If I have one criticism, it’s that the recorded Parsnip does not have the tasty crunch of the live Parsnip. But, it’s a small issue. This album is still highly entertaining and a lot of fun. And any band that includes the lyric “I’m gonna do me some dark disaster, I’m gonna wear all your socks” can only get a massive clip art tick in the Stuka spreadsheet.