It’s time for the fourth instalment of Box Set Go – the podcast series in which myself and Ben Baker (check out his blog here) take a look at some of the albums that never get a look in when they have one of those ‘three classic tracks from a classic album in a classic row’ things on 6Music. Except maybe in the ‘Featured Album’ slot on Stuart Maconie’s Freakzone. Hmm, these introductions need a bit more thought, really.
So far, if you’ve missed them, we’ve discussed Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings, Take A New Look At The Beatles by The London Jazz Four, and BBC Detective Themes by – who else - ’Various Artists’, and this time it’s the turn of I Will Cure You, the oft-forgotten in-character album released by Vic Reeves in 1991, back when he was still essentially little more than a cult late-night comedian whose fame was getting out of hand and had somehow scored a couple of surprise hit singles. If you’ve never heard it, it wasn’t exactly what anyone was expecting.
In a spirited discussion of the album and its relative merits we find out why Student Grant from Viz wasn’t a proper Big Night Out fan, disagree strongly about the moment at which Vic Reeves stopped being any good, ponder on whether ’Parker’ should have packed it in, and try and fail to remember the names of some early nineties pyschedelic rappers. Not prepared to let it lie? Then download it here!
You can also subscribe to Box Set Go via iTunes and get the next one automatically, which you’ll need a safari jacket and some golfing trousers for but that’s another story…