Monthly Archives: April 2016

Kim and Buran – Kosmos for Children – 2004 -Solnze Records

What we have here is a perfect piece of Soviet science fiction picked up for under £4 from Normans Records in Leeds. Brainchild of Russian Slava Zavylov and helped out by his mate Igor Cvetkov, Kim and Buran use melodies only previously available on er…Barry Gray soundtracks.

All fully instrumental these jaunty tunes bring into mind comic book adventures of interplanetary travel. They are said to be influenced heavily by 1950’s Russian science fiction literature and what ever is going on in your head with that concept is exactly what you have here. Chock full of full of fully mature cheese each tune screams out to be loved and you cannot fail to have a massive smile on your face for the whole album. Even my wife liked it for goodness sake! Ridiculously toe tapping and with theremin cream filling this record also has great titles all staring in wonder to the skies.

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That’s right, you get the idea

My First Cosmic Love, Shepochkins Journey, Happy New Year Martians, Electromagnetic Secrets of Slave Transistor and Tania and Vania (how convenient to have rhyming names) are Flying to the Moon give you a pretty good idea about the various Cosmonautical activities that K&R are clearly obsessed with. They are also in love with fifties novelty (Secrets of Two Captains) sixties surf rock (Rock’n’Robot), seventies disco funk (Happy New Year Martians), nineties lounge (Dancing Cosmognomes) but mostly they are just so in love with cheesy tunes just like our Barry.

Buy this now because a. It’s ridiculously cheap and b. anything could happen in the next half hour.

Betty and the Werewolves – Teatime Favourites -2010 – Damaged Goods Records

This is the way it is, no argument. Three girls, one guy. One guitar, one bass, one casio keyboard one drummer.  14 2-3 minute pop songs in c86 style. Plenty of good tunes. Every song sounds similar. One is in French. One is about David Cassidy. They all kind of look quite cute. They all love a cup of tea and a bit of cake. They love their mums and dads.  The CD is one whole pound in my local library. Perfect. Listen in.