I dunno if it was the head trauma I suffered during my recent much publicised car accident, but I've found myself listening to The Cardiac's a lot,and actually liking them. Previously, I found them tiresomely over-clever,trying too hard to be quirky,and more than a tad irritating.Post brain injury, I now love them!? But, above all, I love the Cardiacs when they were called Cardiac Arrest.
I had a Brain scan, and they told me that despite my memory loss,my brain appeared 'Normal', contrary to previous observations from other, unqualified, sources. They (the 'experts'),never warned me that I would have an insatiable desire to listen to The Cardiac's,but I do?!
Some cheeky chappies have referred to this music as "Pronk"(a melange of Punk and Prog!),as an attempt to elevate this group to a 'special' place inhabited by the quirky undefinable's like Sun Ra and The Residents etc.....this is pure shite of course. This is no more progressive than the whole of the post-punk scene,which was in fact nothing more than a prog revival in short song format,without the solo's or sparkling capes.(I never understood what was actually wrong with a good sparkling cape?)
If the Cardiac's were the only band that appeared to mix prog and punk together, then what was XTC,Magazine, Talking Heads, and countless other 'Pronk' bands?......Post-punk will do nicely thank you.
Yes it's all very 'clever',and complex,in a herky-jerky kind of way.
This era of the bands progression showcases a jagged edge that later incarnations hid away too much.
I'll keep taking the pills,and maybe one day i'll hate them again?...but for now.......
"The Obvious Identity" Tracklist:
|A1||The Obvious Identity||2:11|
|A3||Pip As Uncle Dick But Peter Spoilt It||4:35|
|A4||To Go Off And Things||2:25|
|A5||Rock Around The Clock||1:53|
|B1||A Game For Bertie's Party||7:02|
|B5||Let Alone My Plastic Doll||4:06|
|B6||A Balloon For Bertie's Party||8:02|
|A||A Bus For A Bus On The Bus||4:33|
|B1||A Cake For Bertie's Party||3:10|
|B2||Food On The Wall|
DOWNLOAD this heartily arresting early incarnation HERE!