Des De Moor And Russell Churney – Darkness And Disgrace

Self-styled English chansonnier tears through 21 of David Bowie's finest

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Russell Churney, those of you with long memories and nothing better to do will remember, was once known as “the lovely Russell” and tickled the ivories for Julian Clary. If you’re thinking that’s a signpost to the (intentional?) campery of this tribute, you’d be right. A healthy appreciation of camp is obviously a prerequisite for any Bowie fan but, really, Des de Moor sounds like a particularly hoarse queen in a piano bar. You have to admire the duo’s brave attempts to include material from Outside in the canon, and for some self-aware acolytes of the Dame, Darkness And Disgrace will provide at least an hour of rib-tickling fun. Still, Moor, Churney and Barb Jungr (another former Clary alumnus turned torch singer) sound like they’re having a ball, which is probably most of the point.


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