Family Fodder Ė Monkey Banana Kitchen (CD Staubgold)


Out of the ruins created and left behind by punk, UK bands like Deep Freeze Mice, Flying Lizards and Family Fodder rose and thrived for a short but memorable while. The latter sounding not unlike Allenís Gong, (so in that respect Punk maybe was not very successful in their intent to destroy the mellow, proggy and sleepy concept music), bringing the wit and weirdness back again. This CD on Staubgold comprises some of their EPís (Schizophrenia Party, Film Music and The Big Dig) and their first full length player Monkey Banana Kitchen from 1980. Debut Sunday Girls from í79 was an EP, it also was the one that made it to the infamous Nurse With Wound list. Charles Hayward and David Cunningham also took some part in making some of the songs, and indeed This Heat-ish inventive yet down-to-earth rock is never far away. Monkey Banana Kitchen also could be an incarnation of punks fun side, a more polished version of what Mark Perry was doing with Alternative TV and Good Missionaries. Peppered with that  typically British, black humor and sonic outsider avant-rock they were able to engage with this new wave to distract from early eighties politics and instead started whining about Savoir Faire, Philosophy and even Dinosaur Sex. Absurdist popmusic, all inspired and injected with dub influences, but always putting the artistic value and fun before music.     

Yet only in retrospect it becomes clear how much ahead of their time they were, in terms of developing new musical directions, connecting labor middle class aesthetics with a glamorous feel, unearthing a sound formed out of punk influences, dub and pop in theatrical form injected with humor into some mutated anarcho-pop. Thereís this critical note to society together with raw and primitive emotions, brought with the mealiness of a stand-up comedian. Somehow it could only exist in the early eighties, steeped in that period's misery, unemployment and anger, yet in a strange way it is also able to transcend itself from that zeitgeist. And on top of this, if Sleaford Mods can be relevant today, than I as well see why this re-release of these dub-improvisors is worth a listen. PvdG.