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Thread #143067 Message #3302000
Posted By: Phil Edwards
04-Feb-12 - 09:29 AM
Thread Name: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
There's nothing funny about LRRHHTR, or for that matter the rest of that very strange but very wonderful album. If you were trying to explain the difference between 'whimsical' and 'funny' Rock Bottom would be exhibit A.
The only time I saw IC - a reading with Phyllis April King - I remember finding the audience reaction distracting and eventually downright annoying; a lot of it was a rather easy laughter, of the "look at the funny man saying silly things" type, that IC clearly hadn't sought out or wanted. An evening of IC songs punctuated by gales of laughter, or even with big laughs between the songs, would be deeply wrong. Nevertheless, some of the songs do have the structure - and the compression - of a really good joke. I think raising a laugh from a folk club audience with ...Grass - and raising helpless laughter in particular - is a reasonable kind of homage to the song.