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Album Review: Ivor Cutler – A Flat Man

Terry Lane - Thursday 20.03.08, 09:25am

Ivor Cutler - A Flat ManAlbum Review: Ivor Cutler – A Flat Man (Hoorgi House Records)

Ivor Cutler’s poetry and music is wonderfully original and amusing. It brings a smile to my face and makes me feel happy. I played this album to my children who are 12 and 9 years old, and they loved it too.

This week sees the re-release of Ivor Cutler’s brilliant album, A Flat Man.

Originally released on Alan McGee’s Creation Records in 1998, it has been unavailable and sought-after since 1999.

A Flat Man includes 48 tracks including What?, Living Donkey, Knocking At My Door, and a personal family favourite, Jam.

What’s your favourite jam? Traffic jam.
What’s wrong with raspberry, what’s wrong with plum?
How’s about a blob of elderberry on a scone
What’s your favourite jam? Traffic jam.
It’s the jam for a man.

The album marks the launch of Hoorgi House Records, a new label set up by Cutler’s family to release more of Ivor Cutler’s recordings.

I was introduced to Ivor Cutler in the early 1980’s by John Peel and a performance on BBCtv’s music show The Whistle Test. He also appeared in The Beatles’ Magical Mystery film, recorded 21 John Peel Sessions and was the inspiration for Franz Ferdinand’s song Jacqueline.

A Flat Man – Tracklisting:

  1. “Bubble Or Two”
  2. “Flat Man”
  3. “Jam”
  4. “Alone”
  5. “What Have You Got”
  6. “What”
  7. “Out With The Light”
  8. “I Ate A Lady’s Bun”
  9. “One At A Time”
  10. “Living Donkey”
  11. “And So Do I”
  12. “Excitement”
  13. “Questionnaire”
  14. “Bleeding Shoes”
  15. “Ball In A Barrel”
  16. “Blind”
  17. “My Next Album”
  18. “Aquarium”
  19. “Flies”
  20. “Dichotomy of Love”
  21. “Lemonade”
  22. “Birdswing”
  23. “Turn To The Right”
  24. “Empty Road At Little Bedwyn”
  25. “I Built A House”
  26. “Dumb Dames”
  27. “Jackfish”
  28. “Bowling Green”
  29. “Between Two Walls”
  30. “Patronage”
  31. “One of the Best”
  32. “Search For Grace”
  33. “Romantic Man”
  34. “True Courage”
  35. “Knocking At My Door”
  36. “Moist Flier”
  37. “Old Boots”
  38. “Long Way”
  39. “Your Smell”
  40. “Fish”
  41. “Shoes”
  42. “Deductive Lepidopteron”
  43. “Stubborn Vassals”
  44. “Filcombe Cottage Brook”
  45. “Gorbals 1930″
  46. “British Museum”
  47. “Smack”
  48. “Ep.1. Doing The Bathroom”
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  • 1 curtis tappenden // May 11, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Ivor was a one-off. Words serenaded by the harmonium produced a unique voice, at times eloquent, at times profound, at times profoundly serious, at other times profoundly silly or just plain silly.

  • 2 peter c // Sep 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    probably not the place to ask but I heard an IC song about people killing donkeys and piling up the bodies; is it on an album and where can I find it?

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