Flash & The Pan Import
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Flash and the Pan
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Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, August 14, 2012
|Audio CD, Import, June 30, 1998||
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The majority of music here is ideal for disco nights - cheerful and danceable (Hey St. Peter, Man In The Middle, Lady Killer, Hole In The Middle). The method which Flash uses to deliver the lyrics is also engaging. Vanda and Young sing-speak into an antiquated radio microphone. The effect is archaic and unearthly. Contrasting the hip danceable music, the lyrics are a far cry from "Let's get down and boogie." The character standing at the gates of Heaven (Hey, St. Peter) pleads with St. Peter that he has already spent his time in hell (New York City). `The African Shuffle' appears to be a blatant racist insult of Black (Donna Summer) disco music. More precisely, the song condemns the entire "turn-off your brain and just dance" doctrine. Again in `Lady Killer,' Flash belittles the male Caucasian elitist patrons of clubs such as Studio 54. Captain Black (see James `Blood' Ulmer - Tales Of Captain Black) accidentally destroys `California' with a misdirected ballistic missile. Filled with secrecy are the haunting `Walking In The Rain' (exploring sexual ambiguity) and `Down Among The Dead Men' (an irreverent tale of the Titanic).
In the final cut (First And Last), Vanda and Young's world of selfishness and materialism is reborn with compassion and enlightenment. Flash and the Pan is unprecedented: a biting social commentary fabricated from the very music which it finds deploring.
This, their debut album, is perhaps the album that clearly confirms my postulate. The album is innovative, does not sound like something you've heard before, it is characterized by fine catchy tunes and intelligent lyrics that gives the listener food for thought.
The album includes the group's (duo) debut single, "Hey, St. Peter," which should have been a much bigger hit than it was for. A top 5 position in Australia and a top 100 in the U.S.. The fine sequel "Down Among the Dead Men", which also is from this album, performed at roughly the same level, and reached a place at number 54 in Great Britain.
As mentioned, the album marked by very fine songs written by the duo of George Young and Harry Vanda, who together had a history of the Easybeats. No numbers fall through and the album can only be recommended at the highest level.
Besides the two hits I'll highlight "Walking in the Rain," "California" and "First and Last".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had the LP and just got around to replacing it. Love it. Been a long time since I heard these classics.Published on August 28, 2013 by jrbw3
Had to buy this on Vinyl, this is an absolute
fearless classic, everyone who I play this for,
is drawn to these songs, on some level. Read more
When this album first came out, it was something fresh. The songs were a neat little package of a tight hook inside of thought-provoking lyrics with dance-able music wrapped... Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by Ty Hendrix
It is probably more nostalgia, but I remember this as a clever, witty, and well-crafted album. Glad I downloaded it.Published on May 12, 2013 by prcauch