“Corporate Chook” is the latest dish served up by
the legendary Mic Conway’s National Junk Band. This album has been baking for
over four years, and features seventeen delicious tracks dripping with
virtuosity, humour, social and political comment.
Mic Conway’s National Junk Band’s new CD, Corporate Chook, targets.mindless consumerism, amoral corporations and ageing hack musician's.
Mic Conway (Captain Matchbox) and his lunatic rhythmagicians combine jug band blues, political satire and musical mayhem into a new-Vaudevillian cabaret, featuring everything including a real kitchen sink. Juggling, magic, tap dancing, ventriloquism and some very funny songs for all ages.
Known by many for Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Circus Oz and from various film and TV appearances, Mic Conway has collected together some of Australia's finest oddball virtuosos, including Cazzbo Johns (The Kransky Sisters, The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra), Phil “Philthy Dunny Seat” Donnison (Jugalug), Jeremy “Junkyard” Cook (The Elton Jack Show, Black Hatz, Justine Clarke) and Marcus Holden (Fiddlers Feast).
Witness fire, illusion, passion, irreverent satire, singing saws, flying chooks and musical mayhem.
Since 1997, the National Junk Band has had toes tapping and jaws dropping at festivals and pubs, as well as on radio and TV. They have four death-defying albums to their credit. “Corporate Chook”
was released on 4 July 2008. Their DVD of live concert footage and interviews: “Everything You Never Wanted to Know” must also be seen to be believed.
Both are available in the TradandNow online shop.Like the band, this album defies categorisation. Sousaphone,
stroviol, musical saws, hooters, garbage bins, wash boards and all kinds of
strange noises have been folded together to create some stunning originals and “junked-up”
popular songs. This is a tasty offering with a difference
Review: Corporate Chook
Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Rouseabout Records RRR45
Here’s an opportunity to leave the ups and downs of present economic
conditions and for an hour or so enter the mad capped world of Mic
Conway’s National Junk Band. Phil Donnison, Jeremy Cook, Marcus Holden,
Cazzbo Jones ably assist their eccentric bandmaster Mic Conway as they
energetically perform a generous selection of mainly original songs.
The band members show their ample skills on a range of instruments that
would make the average garbage truck sag under the weight. If you are
partial to bells and whistles, along with other strange, musical gizmos
and gadgets, then Mic and his team are here to deliver.
If you like your love songs delivered in a weird and wacky way, then
songs like “Who Gave You a Licence to Drive Me Crazy?” and the country
inspired “Goodbye My Friend” will not disappoint. Clever puns, tired
jokes and embarrassing innuendo are extravagantly scattered throughout
these ditties with “Worn Saw Concerto” and “Race Call of Life to Death”
their pinnacles. “Thief of Old Bad Gags” is slipped in as a humorous,
totally tongue-in-cheek apology for the band’s shenanigans.
The band’s willingness to attack social issues head on is evidenced in
their song “Corporate World’ and the jaunty, opening offering “Consume”,
warning of the pitfalls of consumerism. Their cover of “Just Like That”
considers the compatibility of humans to get along together. While
talking of covers, they give their engaging, Junk Band treatment to Leon
Russell’s “Tightrope”, John Lennon’s “Crippled Inside” and Randy
Newman’s “Political Science”.
Some of the songs like “Allergic to My Girl” and “Rubbish Rap” are
obviously better suited to live performance; however listeners will not
be disappointed with just the audio versions.
Bowing to the traditions of music hall and vaudeville, Mic Conway’s
National Junk Band energise and push these genres in their pursuit of
entertainment and some social commentary. Produced by Marcus Holden,
recorded at Bloody Dog Studios and mastered at Blue Mountain Sound, this
CD is well worth a listen. It'll put a smile on your face.
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 11 August, 2008.