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Take a collection of classics by musical behemoths The Beatles, Kate Bush, The Sex Pistols, The Righteous Brothers, Brotherhood Of Man and suchlike, and perform them in a style as diametrically opposite to the original as one can imagine… Therein lies the manifesto that brought the world the wonderfully twisted take on pop music that is “Hybrid Kids”.
RE-PRESS: CD ORIGINALLY RELEASED IN 2008.
BEFORE “MINIATURES”, THERE WAS HYBRID KIDS…
· Take a collection of classics by musical behemoths The Beatles, Kate Bush, The Sex Pistols, The Righteous Brothers, Brotherhood Of Man and suchlike, and perform them in a style as diametrically opposite to the original as one can imagine… Therein lies the manifesto that brought the world the wonderfully twisted take on pop music that is “Hybrid Kids”.
· Being the first album recorded in Fisher’s own Pipe Studios (actually his Notting Hill bedsit, fact fans), “Hybrid Kids” was conceived as a compilation album featuring a variety of spoof ‘bands’ hailing from the very real but somewhat obscure Peabody (a town in Kansas, USA) – each would perform their own take on a well-known number, with wildly unpredictable results. Equally predictably, when the self-styled “Collection Of Classic Mutants” was announced and discussed in the press, a large number of hipsters and music buffs believed every word and eagerly anticipated its release… Phrases such as “terrifying work of genius”, “downright creepy” and “nearly obscene” were commonplace in reviews of the record, and it quickly passed into folklore as a work of unique originality and the kind of sonic experimentation rarely applied to such mainstream material. A true classic!
· So, having caused something of a stir with a warped compilation of material performed by non-existent acts from a far off town nobody had ever heard of, where does one go next ? The answer, in retrospect, seems obvious – the tried and tested Christmas album, performed by the self-same Hybrid Kids…
· “Claws” (released a year after its predecessor), saw Morgan tackle such Xmas favourites as ‘Deck The Halls’, ‘Good King Wenceslas’ and ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ in his own inimitable style, with equally unorthodox results. Perhaps not one to play when Granny drops by for her pre Xmas lunch glass of sherry, but definitely something any discerning audio adventurer should find a few moments for amongst their festive celebrations.
DISC ONE HYBRID KIDS (A COLLECTION OF CLASSIC MUTANTS)
1. MACARTHUR PARK – The Burtons
2. GOD SAVE THE LEAN + PRETTY BACON – Punky And Porky
3. WUTHERING HEIGHTS – Jah Wurzel
4. CATCH A F-FALLING STAR – Rififi
5. FEVER – Malcolm Galaxy
6. SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME – Kapital Punischment
7. D’YA THINK I’M SEXY? – British Standard Unit
8. ENLIGHTMENT – Combo Sartori
9. GET BACK – U.S. Nerds
10. SOMETHING BETTER CHANGE – The Incestors
11. YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING – R.W. Atom
12. TAKE ME I’M YOURS – The Cage / ALL THE YOUNG DUDES 78 – The Pipettes
13. D’YA THINK I’M SEXY? – British Standard Unit (SINGLE VERSION)
14. EMERGENCY – 666
15. MACARTHUR PARK (FIRST ATTEMPT) – The Creator
CLAWS (THE HYBRID KIDS CHRISTMAS ALBUM)
1. WE THREE KINGS
2. O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL
3. DECK THE HALLS / GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
5. HOLLY AND IVY
6. NO ST. BERNARD
7. LISTEN, THE SNOW IS FALLING
8. DEAD DUCKS
9. GOOD KING WENCESLAS
10. HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) BONUS TRACKS
11. COVENTRY (BACKING TRACK)
12. HOLLY AND IVY (REMIX)
13. WE THREE KINGS (REMIX)
14. O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL (REMIX)