Would-Be-Goods - Marden Hill
THE COOL MIKADO
In the '80s, Mike Alway's él records were a beacon of intelligent perversity, elegantly absurd and non-commercial. How bizarre, then, that the record label came to have such an enormous impact in other countries, kickstarting the Japanese j-pop scene and spawning copycat labels including the likes of Siesta, Apricot and Sarah.
The Camera Loves Me is a surreal, quintessentially English album of posh-totty girlie pop in a style later taken down-market by Shampoo.
Cadaquez is an explosive collision of spaghetti western themes, beat music and creamy orch-pop, happily now available on CD for the first time.
The Cool Mikado kicks off a program of long-deleted original soundtrack reissues. Michael Winner's 1962 Gilbert & Sullivan film parody starred Frankie Howerd and Tommy Cooper, and the album has contributions from Mr Howerd and lauded composer John Barry.
A tantalising glimpse of él's future.
Rating: 3 / 10