The Fish Needs A Bike – The Best of Blurt Volume 1

Salamander Records

Ok, if you are not in EXACTLY the right state of mind, this raspy voiced set of saxophone stranglers will drive you nuts. And I mean that in a bad way. It’s a “Best Of” album, and frankly, I’d hate to hear the stuff that didn’t make it onto this disc. Some stuff is instrumental, and some has a tortured vocal backing from Ted Milton, who, when not singing, is abusing a saxophone. There’s a guitar and drums, and either highly sophisticated sound distortion software, or a crappy Radio Shack mixing board bought at a yard sale.

We get the lyrics for some but not all of the songs. “Fish Needs A Bike” is sadly absent, but the foot fetish anthem “Cherry Blossom Polish” is included, albeit typed in a difficult to read style so popular with the arty set. I’m not wildly impressed; the closest thing to cleverness is the line, “I was not born tomorrow.” You heard it here, save yourself the pain of the rest of this disc.

For some reason, I thought this band came from San Francisco, but I’m happy to report they are Brits hailing from Hereford, so not all the weird records I got this week are left coast. Repeated listening to this record reveals diminishing returns. After three spins around the turntable, I’m happy to report that while this record may be for sale in your local indie store, I can’t recommend it unless you are trying to get a New Year’s Morning, post-bachelor party hangover without consuming intoxicants.

Salamander Records:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    So It Is (Legacy). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017
    From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017

    For the twelfth year, the South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) in Los Angeles showcased an impressive lineup of new features and shorts. Lily and Generoso Fierro provide a festival wrap up and their picks for the films that you cannot miss.

  • Justin Townes Earle
    Justin Townes Earle

    Kids In The Street (New West Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Christian Scott
    Christian Scott

    Rebel Ruler (Ropeadope / Stretch Music). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Kivanç Sezer
    Kivanç Sezer

    Turkish director Kivanç Sezer’s powerful debut feature, My Father’s Wings, puts the spotlight on the workplace safety crisis that is currently taking place in his homeland. Lily and Generoso Fierro spoke with Sezer at SEEFest 2017 about his film and his need to draw attention to this issue.

  • Temples

    Supporting their just-released sophomore record, UK synth-pop poster boys, Temples, attracted an SRO crowd to one of Orlando’s premier nightspots.

  • Rat Film
    Rat Film

    Baltimore. Rats. A match made in Maryland.

  • Bishop Briggs
    Bishop Briggs

    Bishop Briggs brings a stacked bill of up and comers to Orlando for a sold-out party at The Social. Jen Cray joins in the fun.

  • Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
    Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

    There’s more than black music influencing the evolution of Rock and Roll. Native American rhymes and ideas are every bit as significant, once you know to look for them.

  • Keith Morris
    Keith Morris

    Ink 19 slings a few questions to the punk rock pioneer Keith Morris on Trump, Calexit and looking back.

From the Archives