by Andrew Lewis
When an album appears on the scene and it reflects society perfectly, it freaks me out. The Lovely Eggs have done just that with an absolute cracker of a record – I Am Moron. But the irony is that they recorded this well before the half-arsed lockdown we are currently all suffering, proving that their fingers were on the pulse well before the birth of this current Orwellian disaster.
They do nothing conventional. They’re a duo for a start – and they’re married. They’re vitriolic and amusing in everything they speak about. Standout, You Can Go Now, is a master class in lyrical simplicity covering Anthea Turner, microwave meals and football fixtures – proving they’re probably the best social commentators in the country who continue to operate beneath the radar. But those who know – ‘know’! Which is why Piccadilly Records in Manchester filled their entire front window with copies of this LP this week.
Opener, Long Stem Carnations, is a freaky cross-genre trip – single note bass lines, repetitive overdubs and wonderfully bendy melodies is the perfect set up for the collection. You’ve Got The Balls is a concoction of The Beta Band and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, while The Mothership is a rather cute anti-love song that could have been on Blur’s eponymous record – and it’s the only let up throughout.
Do yourself a massive favour and stick it on now. You’re stuck at home – you really have no excuse. The Lancaster pair were making psychedelic punk music well before it was cool to do so, and they’ll be making it for a long time after. I Am Moron is going straight in to my Top Five of 2020 and I can guarantee that it will stay.
Secret Meeting score: 92
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