Liverpool’s post-punk experimentalists return after a 7 year absence, with an album named after a dreadful 1970s ‘comedy’ show compered by the notoriously unfunny Bernard Manning.
The Great Britain that Clinic are evoking is not that ancient, bucolic past of village green cricket, half a mild and hanky-waving Morris Dancers that many seem so determined that the country should return to, but a rather more sleazy past. Clinic’s reverie is for a time when Blackpool was the pleasure capital of the kingdom and the public was kept entertained by travelling circuses and the dirty glamour of the funfair; tacky end of the pier merriment and enforced fun at Butlins; when bell-ringing town criers bellowed their nonsensical broadsides into the ether.
1. Laughing Cavalier
3. Rubber Bullets
5. Ferryboat Of The Mind
8. Flying Fish
9. Be Yourself/Year Of The Sadist
12. New Equations At The Copacabana