THE LANCASHIRE HOTPOTS- Criminal Record
I have to admit that my heart sank when I saw this bands name.
But it turns out that The Lancashire Hotpots are to more traditional
music what Goldie Lookin Chain were to their certain brand of hiphop.
Fresh from supporting Patrick McGuinness and with an appearance on GMTV
under their belts, this Northwest gang of slightly grumpy, slightly
old men are here to reflect on the state of their world today with the
sort of harmless comedy that has also gained them fans in the likes
of Chris Evans and Colin Murray.
As sing-a-long as the wonderful Ade Edmonson and his Bad
Shepherds- and despite not taking themselves particularly seriously
either, just as accomplished as musicians- Criminal Record
is eight tracks cheerfully covering the subjects of identity fraud,
stealing a neighbours broadband and features a sea shanty about
smuggling sweets into the cinema (Cinema smugglers), Johnny
B Goode riffs about vegetarianism (Hardcore quornography)
alongside Landlord, lock the door in which we participate
in a lock-in with the likes of Kylie and Limahl.
Though not particularly witty, it is this sort of silly humour that
makes TLH great, with an innocence, unpretentiousness and clear love
of what they do that will guarantee them broad appeal. I could quote
all manner of lyrics but you really need to hear it for yourselves.
Oh, OK; one. In Released without charge- a song pondering
why celebrities always get away with crimes that the rest of us have
to answer for they muse: If youve been on Loose
Women a couple of times/ Or on Saturday Kitchen, frying
up a bit of seabass/ you might as well have a Get out of jail
free card. Arthur Smith says theyre the sexiest
band in the world. Though not as old, but probably as grumpy,
I was also humming along long after the CD stopped.
Released 26th April, 2010.