It's Like Everything Else

Kaleidoscope Sound KSLP004 September 1987 (LP)

  1. Trevor Barker
  2. A Pop Fan's Dream
  3. My Baby's Got Jetlag
  4. Three English Football Grounds
  5. Preposterous Tales
  6. Fabulous
  7. Ludicrous
  8. Are You Turning Round And Telling Me

What the papers say:

New Musical Express - 17 October 1987
  "MY NAME is Kennedy ... Ludicrous Kennedy." Disposable pop is all very fine but surely the ultimate disposable records are humerous ones. Ted Chippington's great, sure, but I've never bought any of his records.
  In step I, Ludicrous, two self-confessed followers of the Mark E Smith deadpan comedy routine, with this eight track long player. And a right old mixed bag it is too. 'Are You Turning Round And Telling Me' - I mean how many times could you listen to a Chas and Dave parody and still find it amusing? Ahem.
  No, but to be fair we have 'A Pop Fan's Dream', with the dream being an evening with the Geldofs. The conversation? "Bob talks about there being no snow in Africa," this is set against a gruesome cocktail lounge backing, all quite charming really.
  Then there's 'Three English Football Grounds', the humour of which (and it works) is that it's about three English football grounds. The 'Preposterous Tales' include "Palace scoring four away from home", not quite so preposteous in the wake of the Birmingham thrashing, eh pals.
  The Marquis influence becomes pastiche on 'Ludicrous', every word is a-this and a-that-a. Elsewhere, Will Hung's voice sounds more like Neil Tennant's spoken bit on 'What Have I Done To Deserve This'. The tunes don't always support the banter, dragging their feet more than a little on 'Trevor Barker' and 'Fabulous' in particular.
  But is it funny? Oh yes, and it's also not half as disposable as The Fall's recent output. What's more, it's a funny record that grows on you, a pretty rare breed. Ludicrous but loveable.

Bob Stanley

All Music Guide

Armed with little more than a guitar, drum machine, four-track, and a smirk, the group's debut rode on the local popularity of "Preposterous Tales," then got airplay on John Peel's radio show and elsewhere. The songs are simple chord progressions over which lead singer Will Hung tries his best to sound like an undergrad Mark E. Smith, just more coherent (they even sound like the Fall on "Fabulous" and steal a riff for "Ludicrous"). Some of the satirical targets are dated by now (Bob Geldof in "A Pop Fan's Dream," the references in "Ludicrous") if not obscure to anyone not listening in 1987. But fans of droll, deadpan delivery will find much to like in "Three English Football Grounds" (with a hook they've yet to top), "Preposterous Tales," and "Are You Turning Round and Telling Me?" Despite their parody of pub singers Chas and Dave, this is English humor well-soaked in pints of light and bitter. - Ted Mills

Sounds - November 1987

  I, LUDICROUS is an anagram of "ridiculous", and they're sublime. They want to make a film dedicated to all those who never made it, in which every time someone gets shot the screen goes blank for five minutes. They sound so much like early Fall that it's irrelevant, and take their cloudy ashtray poetry up the fire escape to Jupiter, where they swap muddy football boots for winged heels. I, Ludicrous shout about Scottish goalkeepers and politics and boring women and pop's hierarchy and taking a shower with two American girls at the same time and seeing Palace score four goals away from home, and make it all very funny and bitter and difficult to ignore. They wait outside courtrooms to cheer convicted baby killers and write to local newspapers suggesting new one-way traffic systems. I shouldn't think they'll ever play The Hippodrome, unless it merges with The Den. I, Ludicrous come along late, kick all the tables over, and say "Hit the bloody thing." I, Ludicrous know how pointless they are and this makes them the opposite of Chas 'n' Dave but also the opposite of Chopin.
  "A Pop Fan's Dream" is the story of dinner with Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, in which our hero hopes they will find him interesting and nods earnestly when Bob starts on about third world famine. Paula "looks lovely with her hair up in a bun while Bob opts for a more hedonistic cut". "My Baby's Got Jetlag" is a whining post-love song, while "Three English Football Grounds" is full of useful information like admission prices and beer temperatures. William Hung is the narrator, more Ted Chippington than Nick Carraway, John S. Procter the antidote to Vince Clarke.
  "Preposterous Tales" introduces us to barroom bard Ken McKenzie, a streotype with an ego to match his Access card. "Fabulous" includes the immortal line "what a ridiculous band we are!" The staggering "Ludicrous" comes over all feedbacky while the history and growth of this burgeoning adjective is traced though Pompeii to Grandstand. "Ludicrous is an up-and-coming word, the dictionary's yuppie." Finally, "Are You Turning Round And Telling Me?" is a horror story set in Cockney publand, where rabbits are rife and the facts are, as ever, abhorrant. Play it "once before work and once after sex."
  I, Ludicrous have hacked up one of the most entertaining records of the silly season. Gobbling up the crumbs of Half Man Half Biscuit and spitting them out with new improved fury and bumper-size chuckles, they could get up your nose so far your eyes water. Lewder than Icarus. Visionaries, yes. Genuflect.

Chris Roberts

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