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- Time Waits For Norman by Bronco Bullfrog
6/10 Mike Staff review, 16 April 2014
There's some more titles in from the ever-popular Fruits de Mer this week, and I picked up this one first because it's called 'Time Waits for Norman'. It must be good, right? Well, it contains three songs.
On side A we get the song about Norman. This is desperately English psychedelic pop which wants to sound like the last 50 years never happened, but it sails dangerously close to satire and is quite Thamesmen-esque, opening with some clumsy English cliches about going to the "corner shop" to get some "fizzy pop". Later we get the couplet "What a life, what a waste/All alone, with his chicken paste". In other respects it's quite well realised though, I really like the guitar tone and the Beatles/Kinks inspired harmonies are lovely, but gee, those lyrics.
Over on the other side 'Rocking Horse Mender' again sounds like satire. I can really imagine Serafinowicz and Popper doing a funny video for it. Both the self-penned songs on here really do remind me of on TV shows and things when they're trying to do something with as many '60s tropes as possible in a short space of time, but as far as I can tell this is deadly serious. The single's highlight is closer 'Listen to the Sky', originally by Sands, which delivers similar style '60s psych pop but less hackneyed and more rocking. Eh, I've heard worse, but I expected more from a record with "Norman" in its title. I'm heading off to the corner shop to get some fizzy pop now, see ya.
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