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EGON – All Theory and No Action (Has Anyone Ever Told You, MR11)

Posted: June 5th, 2005, by Crayola

Egon’s All Theory and No Action is very clever indeed. Those of you who know me will know of my intense dislike, bordering on hatred, of Nirvana. They have a lot to answer for. Like helping mundane MOR rock get lauded as “legendary” or “classic” simply by playing quietly on verses and then LOUDLY on choruses.
Egon use this same tactic, but, and it’s a big but, there’s something about the construction of the songs that pleases me. Is it the organs draped all over the mix? Is it the Central American accent singing in hushed tones? It’s certainly not the songs per se. There’s nothing particularly new or inventive there. But the way the songs are carried off is startling. Hidden away somewhere in the mix is the out-funk of Liquid Liquid or The Contortions. Not that this is a funky record, quite the opposite, but the soul of the Neo York Disco scene bubbles away underneath and simply lifts this record out of the rock mire and into the “you really ought to listen to this” category.


Crayola's musical heritage stretches way back to having one of the most impressive record collections in Telford. Always on the outer limits of the most independent of independent music, he now co-runs Kabukikore Records and releases more records and CDRs than you can shake an obscure stick a t. And they have some nice packaging, too.

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