Recorded at Pipe Studios London July/August 79. Looks like a sampler of different artists who are playing covers of punk/pop songs and evergreens, but in fact all the covers are played by Morgan Fisher.
Cover triptych << 3 studies for figures at the base of a crucification >> by francis bacon, reproduced by kind permission of the tate gallery, london.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): KEV A RED 5 A MADE IN FRANCE
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): KEV A RED 5 B MADE IN FRANCE
Morgan Fisher is one of the most bizarre characters of the British post-punk scene. Ex-member of 'Mott The Hoople', Fisher launched his own label, 'Pipe Records', and he has produced some obscure gems including the 'Hybrid Kids'. 'Classic Mutant' looks like a compilation but all the bands are in fact composed of Fisher with musician friends that include Jah Wobble from PIL.
It starts with 'Mc Arthur park', a weird ska. Then we have a Chipmunk-esque version of 'God Save the Queen'. The contrast between John Lydon’s lyrics and the frenzied tone tells us that we are in total derision. 'Catch a falling star' is a post-punk version of a song from Perry Como who would turn over in his grave hearing this. After that, Fisher does a version of the 1950’s classic 'Fever', adding to it a slight touch of acid. The song is enough of a travesty to make it cool. The song 'Save your kisses for me' won the Eurovision contest in 1976. Fisher adds a magnificient track of electric guitar and some bavarian singing on it. This is done in such a way that it reveals the scale of his musical skills. Rod Stewart’s classic, 'D’ya think I’m sexy', is turned into a very convincing industrial piece. We then have a collage version of the Beatles’ song, 'Get Back'. The songs is seasoned with extracts from the radio that gives it an existential dimension. 'Something better change' is a cover of the Stranglers but with a voice lacking the virility of the original version. The piece is larded with TV sounds and ends up in ambient form! Fisher also pokes fun of 'You’ve lost that loving feeling', a classic of the 1960’s. Using echo, video game textures and even a violin, he gives it a punk dimension. 'Take me I’m yours' is a cover of the British band Squeeze. Seasoned with strange radio sounds, this long song slowly agonizes into an ambient and tragic sonic environment. The record ends up with a loop, the sound being recorded in central groove (UK edition).
Morgan Fisher did two other records in the same musical range, including Hybrid kids 'Claws', a brilliant deconstruction on the Christmas theme and also the fabulous 'Miniatures' compilation.