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Maverick Spetz - not his real name, his real name's Alvin (ha!) - has released two albums as Full English Breakfast - 'a highly eccentric but thoroughly engaging electronic pop debut that aligns him with the Fall and Frank Zappa' (Uncut) - and another as TWBL on Scratchy Records and has been compared to everyone from Yello to Frank Zappa and Stereolab. Play That Funky Music is an inspired and outlandish Year Zero reimagining of that 1970s disco classic that firmly places itself alongside The Fall's unorthodox cover of Sister Sledge's Lost In Music - but with added cuckoo clocks.
Alvin Spetz (aka That Will Be Lunch) has already been compared to the likes of The Fall, Edwyn Collins, Devo and Wire (by the Sunday Times) and with the release of the superb art-pop cover of Wild Cherry's Play That Funky Music' he's likely to add both The Residents and (an albeit dancified) Denim to that illustrious list. Released together with B-side Discarded Things (which was presumably too weirdly contemporary to release on NME's C86 cassette compilation), the single will be made available on 7'green vinyl on Scratchy Records on Record Store Day, Saturday 29th August and then from Friday 4th September in the digiverse for download / streaming.
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Third helping from One-man art-pop prankster'Alvin Spetz. Alvin Spetz is also the maverick singer-songwiter responsible for two of the most eccentric and original albums of the last 6 or 7 years.
Released under the moniker of Full English Breakfast, his self-titled debut and follow up Candy In Weightlessness'earned rave reviews from broadsheets to blogs. Now album No.3 The Mixtape of Things'is ready and Spetz likewise is moving on up through the daily nutritional cycle and this time will be known as That Will Be Lunch'.
Alvin's new mixtape is full of songs, some only just scraping past 30 seconds, that one moment remind you of children's TV theme tunes and the next sound like they might be playing in an industrial discotheque from the future. In this unsettling but always playful landscape you're almost half-expecting the whimsical paen to the snacks marketing division at Waitrose when it arrives in the shape of The Campaign for Plain Nuts'.
Nestled amongst all the strangeness is an inspired cover of Talking Heads classic One in a Lifetime'. Spetz has delved deep into the DNA of this ground-breaking track and extracted what can only be described as previously unseen footage'. Like an inquisitive kid he's taken the engine apart without a hope in hell of ever putting it back together again in the correct order. But this hasn't stopped him re-assembling it.
Spetz discovered music while studying at Aberdeen university in the 80s. Inspired by the fledgling indie sounds of Edwyn Collins, The Fall, Josef K and The Pop Group, he embarked on a journey that's included nascent recordings with members of The Shamen, dabbling with Sufism and the tabloids hounding him as a result, burning everything he's ever recorded (several times) and playing one gig. Ever. In Belgium.