Spooky Men's Chorale,The - Stop Scratching it

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A richer, darker, more complex and some would say smellier concoction than the first Spooky Men's Chorlae, "Stop Scratching It" explores an ever-widening world of spooky antecedents, including the modern man as a glorious mythical hero tripping over Lego frist thing in the morning, a young man's tender empathy with a lightpole, the perils of leaving your nurse whilst at the zoo, the howling glory of marching 80,000 Visigoths across tundra, and the fact that our brains are like sieves...This album remarkably involved the death of no mastodons, but the Spooky Men will never be the same again.

CD REVIEW - by John Williams

Let me say right up front that no CD could ever hope to capture the full essence of the Spooky Men’s Chorale.

Their visual presentation and quirky humour should never be missed if they are performing at a festival near you.  (You will know this by the clever signs which appear at the venue).
All that having been said this CD is well worth listening to, especially if you can visualize the performers as you listen. 

The glorious anthem “Magnificent” is a highlight of the CD.
Oh that all members of the male side of the species were able to achieve this dream! 
“Lightpole” is an unusual tribute to an item we often take for granted.
After listening to this track I can guarantee you never will again.
“Lasgvash”, “Upon the My O My”, “Lile” and “The Fiddle and the Drum” are all tracks which show the fine voices of the Spooky Men to their best advantage.
“Sometimes I Forget Things” struck a chord with me, was it because I am getting older or just because I’m a bloke?

I know what my wife would say. 

“Jim” is a delightful rendition of the Hillaire Belloc cautionary tale.
Don’t play this to your children prior to a zoo trip!
“It’s Out There Somewhere, Doris” is a spooky song about a large feline predator, in this case the “Lithgow Panther”.
I believe! 

“Dancing Queen” was recorded in England and is a wonderful reminder of the responses the Spooky Men get whenever they perform live.

If Abba were dead they’d be turning in their graves.
“Glagolitica” is an interesting song created from old religious texts, sung in old church Slavonic language and meant to create the impression of eighty thousand Visigoths on the march.
The CD finishes with an arrangement of the first words of the Glagolitic Mass, “Gospodi Pomilu” or “Lord, have mercy upon us”.

There is a secret message about the war on terror (Track 13 which is not mentioned on the cover notes)

If you have ever seen the Spooky Men perform you will want to have this CD as a reminder.
If you haven’t then it should whet your appetite for one of the greatest festival performances you are ever likely to see.

About the artist: Based in the Blue Mountains and lead by Stephen Taberner, the Spooky Men's Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam-powered, black-clad behemoth capable of rendering audiences moist eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment. Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect sub woofer-rattling boofchord, the Spooky Men commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male, armed only with their voices, a sly collection of hats and a preoccupation with facial hair.

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 08 July, 2008.

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