Single Of The Week 23/03/98

Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

This Is The Chrous
Morris Minor And The Majors
TEN 229

At the rate things are going, we can't be more than a few minutes away from a major Stock-Aitken-Waterman revival. The synth frenzy hitmakers, who managed to dominate the UK and (to a lesser extent) the US and Australian charts for the latter half of the 1980s, are increasingly being referred to in positive terms in the popular press. This in itself should not surprise us; everyone said that Motown's hit machine, Holland-Dozier-Holland, were cookie cutter garbage during the 1960s, but thirty years later they're revered. Eventually, there'll be a definitive boxed set, and I'll be rushing out to buy it.

In the meantime, it's worth reminding ourselves that the SAW frenzy had reached such a peak in 1988 (the year Kylie went into overdrive, Rick stayed in overdrive, Bananarama were in their heavy SAW phase, Sonia was topping the charts, Jason was about to hit the streets in a big way) that they inspired a parody record. The brains behind this were Morris Minor And The Majors, the band who scored their sole hit with 'Stutter Rap', a piss-funny ripoff of the Beastie Boys, who spent more time in those days being offensive than saving Tibet.

'This Is The Chorus' was the followup, and managed to surprise some people by completely failing to hit the charts at all. This was despite its production credit to 'Shlock, Aching and Wateringcan' and a surprisingly catchy chorus, as well as millions of jibes at the SAW house style.

I picked up my copy for just 10p in a London record store in early 1989, and it remains a treasured part of my collection. If anyone can find it on CD, they could even get a Gusworld bonus prize.

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