Jammy Smears

Jammy Smears

by Ivor Cutler
     
 
Ivor Cutler's final album for Virgin Records, 1976's Jammy Smears, is one of the best releases of his career. Kicking off with the jazzy piano tune "Bicarbonate of Chicken," a funny and bizarre dialogue with a waiter, the album runs through 31 brief songs, poems, and surreal short stories like the hilarious "Big Jim." About evenly split between recitations and

Overview

Ivor Cutler's final album for Virgin Records, 1976's Jammy Smears, is one of the best releases of his career. Kicking off with the jazzy piano tune "Bicarbonate of Chicken," a funny and bizarre dialogue with a waiter, the album runs through 31 brief songs, poems, and surreal short stories like the hilarious "Big Jim." About evenly split between recitations and songs like the catchy shaggy dog story "Barabadabada" and the oddly philosophical "Everybody Got," Jammy Smears features more of Cutler's piano playing than any of his albums other than 1967's jazz trio album Ludo. His trademark droning harmonium makes only a small handful of appearances. As on its predecessor, 1975's Velvet Donkey, Cutler's friend Phyllis April King reads five of her own poems and a short story, "The Wasted Call," on Jammy Smears, all of them based on life in and around a cottage in Dorset. Because most of Cutler's pieces this time out share the rural theme, with an episode of his ongoing Life in a Scotch Sitting Room, Volume Two centered around a family walk in the country and several poems and stories about birds, bugs, and other wildlife, King's contributions are much more smoothly integrated with the whole than they had been on Velvet Donkey. Cutler's usual morbid obsessions crop up infrequently, making Jammy Smears one of his sunniest and most playful albums.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/06/2004
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
0077778716129
catalogNumber:
787161
Rank:
128962

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Tracks

  1. Bicarbonate of Chicken
  2. Filcombe Cottage, Dorset
  3. Squeeze Bees
  4. The Turn
  5. Life in a Scotch Sitting Room, Volume Two, Episode Eleven
  6. A Linnett
  7. Jumping and Pecking
  8. The Other Half
  9. Beautiful Cosmos
  10. The Path
  11. Barabadabada
  12. Big Jim
  13. In the Chestnut Tree
  14. Dust
  15. Rubber Toy
  16. Unexpected Join
  17. A Wooden Tree
  18. When I Stand on an Open Cart
  19. High Is the Wind
  20. The Surly Buddy
  21. Pearly-Winged Fly
  22. Garden Path at Filcombe
  23. Paddington Town
  24. Cage of Small Birds
  25. Life in a Scotch Sitting Room, Vol. 2 EP.6
  26. Irk
  27. Lemon Flower
  28. Red Admiral
  29. Everybody Got
  30. The Wasted Call
  31. Wasted Call

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ivor Cutler   Primary Artist,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Ivor Cutler   Composer

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