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Reviewed on 9th May 2004.

 
 

The Big Laugh Happy Happy Joy Joy Album

By Bonsai Kittens

It sounds just like the cover: cuddly, playful, pert, sharp clawed and perfectly miniaturised. That's all you need to know about this six-tracked litter tray of feline droppings from the Bonsai Kittens. I won't mention the 4 second Satanic message at the beginning.

But I'll waffle on for a bit longer so you feel as though you've got your money's worth.

"Stop Whinging And Play Your Guitar" slaps your head with a crisp drum beat intro and shoves you into the bushes with a Pinky and Perky keyboard tune of Joe Meek wonderfulness. While you catch your breath, two smart Alec female voices insinuate chopped bollocks, PMT and arseholes into an otherwise mild mannered dig to the ribs of the two humourless pre-post-feminist musicians left on the planet. "I'm so oppressed I want to die" Yeh, satire! But it is funny. And the two part harmony is most engaging. There's a wonderfully neat instrumental episode too.

"Poor Johnny" is, and abuses, pop classical. Semi-spoken girlie vocals a la Shangri Las decorate that tune that got to number six in the Canadian charts for Pat Boone in July 1962 - the fabulous "Speedy Gonzales". It's about special offers and (probably) sex in the aisles, symbolically represented by Johnny getting "crushed". But I was laughing and jiggling about too much to listen carefully. A towering achievement.

"Let's All Go to Wakefield" is probably pushing things a bit. Children might be listening, for chrissake. There are some nifty guitar chords that I would like to learn, though. Something about cheese too. Edam I think.

"Consumed By Evil" manages to make a simple keyboard sound very scary and very funny at the same time. The seriously good bass line works a treat and there's a fabulous double lead guitar break that tinkles. It does. It tinkles. Maybe the voices take their subject matter a bit seriously? (It's something to do with death metal not necessarily making you want to kill your parents - obviously a contentious point of view among those of us who live in the suburbs with 14 year old sons.)

"Her Next Door" is about a bad person who lives next door. The singing has a Jennifer Saunders flatness about it. "Thanks for coming round to complain" it burbles. There's a certain insincerity that I can't quite put my finger on "We do appreciate your patience, or lack of it" they croon, sub melodically. Musical inventiveness surges through it and continues into the fabulous "Trev's Advice" in groovy groovy groovy John (Bad Boy) Shuttleworth territory This tune outdoes even JS's meisterwerk "Pigeons in Flight". Taking a stab at genre spotting, I'd say it was upbeat Bossa Nova/Perv Metal fusion.

And it ends on really great sounding wooden block whacks.

Who says two inventive, intelligent, funny women with access to computerised recording equipment and a deep love of pop music can't make bloody marvellous records? Ha! Not me. If Everett True discovers this stuff he's going to become unmanageable.

 

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On 9th May 2004 at 09:07 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Yay! Kittens rock ! Meeeeeowwwww!

 

On 14th May 2004 at 18:59 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

i downloaded one of their tracks. Thought it was pretty cack. what do i know though

 

On 14th May 2004 at 21:32 Anonymous 13 wrote...

Well I guess you know what you thought of it - and you thought it was cack. Fair dos. Any music that's s a bit out there is going to have some devoted fans and some who are just not interested. I mostly thought it was wonderfully funny (words and music). Kind of like Little England or something funny ... not everybody'e saucer of milk. And you probably wouldn't put it main stage at Leeds Fest. Go back again sometime and listen to all the tracks - it starts to get to you.

 

On 14th May 2004 at 21:45 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

Maybe I will one day Sam. Wow kinda sounds like lord of the rings.

 

On 14th May 2004 at 22:07 Anonymous 13 wrote...

chuckles at the thought

 

On 20th May 2004 at 08:23 Anonymous 1928 wrote...

From "Bloody marvellous" to "pretty cack" - we must be the musical equivalent of marmite! Cheers for taking the time to download one of our tunes though - each one does have its own personality so you might enjoy a different one more....or of course you might just hate em all!

As for marmite, I'm a 'hate it' kinda gal, just in case anyone was wondering...

 

On 20th May 2004 at 10:37 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Girls hate everything don't they?

 

On 20th May 2004 at 15:18 Anonymous 30 wrote...

Especially men making generalised comments about their sex! Oh doh!

 

On 20th May 2004 at 16:02 Anonymous 1928 wrote...

Nah - just marmite and irritating drummers...

 

On 20th May 2004 at 16:03 Anonymous 1928 wrote...

 

On 20th May 2004 at 16:04 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Ah it's only Nik, she won't mind!!

Look, I bet she doesn't duff me up even if I say girls can't throw, chop wood with an axe or explain the offside rule to a Dutch policeman in Grimsby.

 

On 21st May 2004 at 08:15 Anonymous 1928 wrote...

We're playing in Grimsby again in July so I will have occasion to disprove your theory Quarry me lad...

 

On 21st May 2004 at 11:09 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Brilliant, you're on. If you find a Dutch policeman in Grimsby and explain the offside rule to him I will buy you lunch for the rest of the year my big bad sis !

 

On 21st May 2004 at 13:50 Anonymous 1928 wrote...

Less of the 'big', I told you already!!

 

On 26th May 2004 at 20:32 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

Ok well i downloaded another song. i'm still not getting. This is either cack music or its so good thats it way above me

 

On 27th May 2004 at 08:31 Anonymous 1928 wrote...

But that's cool, cause some people really do like it. I don't think I've ever been in a band before which has attracted such opposing reactions, and that's reassuring cause it does prove that folks out there have different tastes rather than just swallowing all the same stuff (despite the fact that the record companies try to feed us exactly that). Luckily for us this is also purely a hobby, so we can embrace the differing opinions without seeing any negative ones as a threat to our plans of world domination

 

On 27th May 2004 at 10:00 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Aww, you're the nicest gal in rock! I for one am just glad to see that bass back in your hand. Twas a sad year in Leeds without your rockness. Good to see Si though that at least you've given something a try before you've dismissed it, and in fact tried it again I don't think bands can ask for any more than that. No one is gonna like everything.

 

On 27th May 2004 at 15:14 Anonymous 1928 wrote...

Cheers Mikey (ya geet big softie)! But yes, was a strange year - just say no to work taking over your life kids! And Sig - ta for giving us a 2nd chance (now you know for sure!), It's purely down to individual taste - when someone says 'that's cack' or 'that's ace', they can only be saying 'I think that's cack' or 'I think that's ace' cause they can't possible represent the views of everyone. Although some people seem to think they can, see the live review of us & Bosseye on the site for instance! (sorry, couldn't resist ) Anyway, this is all a bit too serious for me - hope I'm getting it out of my system in time for gig tonight! See ya there Mikey boy.

 

On 27th May 2004 at 17:46 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

Yes you r both right. I am great. Even though i m' not a fan of your music you are still better then the Darkness

 

On 28th May 2004 at 08:39 Anonymous 1928 wrote...

Now that is a quote and a half!

 

On 30th May 2004 at 22:45 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

damn i think your music might be growing on me. damn you evil women

 

On 31st May 2004 at 23:51 Anonymous 2648 wrote...

*mwahahahahaaaaaaaaa!!*

Glad to hear it Si... having music grow on you is better than having mould grow on you at least. Or something.

 

On 2nd June 2004 at 19:10 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

Damn you again

 

On 6th June 2004 at 11:40 Anonymous 2671 wrote...

Yep, i'm liking it to. Can't explain why though

 

On 6th June 2004 at 12:06 Anonymous 2671 wrote...

Kind of like those chocolate covered pretzels that came out about 4 years ago. They tasted like crap but i just couldn't get enough of them. "Bonzai Kittens, the chocolate pretzels of the music world"

 

On 6th June 2004 at 15:20 Anonymous 2648 wrote...

I think that quote is going to find its way onto one of our fliers quite soon...

 

On 7th June 2004 at 08:20 Anonymous 1928 wrote...

Sarah - you do the best written evil laugh I've ever read. I'm sure everyone will be most delighted to hear that we will we recording our 2nd opus next weekend so there will soon be more tunes to annoy yet infiltrate you...

 

On 7th June 2004 at 08:29 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

I'm not sure whether I should be scared or excited

 

On 10th June 2004 at 18:21 Anonymous 2648 wrote...

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

 

On 11th June 2004 at 10:41 Anonymous 1928 wrote...

I am.

 
 
 

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