Haysi Fantayzee – “Battle Hymns for Singing Children”

The Sleeve:
105_5200 105_5201

The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
None.

Personal Review:
 So, to start, let me say I’ve never seen or heard this band before. I got it simply for the cover.

The A-Side opens with a track titled “Shiny Shiny” and well the female spoken intro “good times come to me now” is a little odd for me, but the rest of the song is pretty good. It’s quite catchy and it makes me want to dance. Oh hey, that was an electric guitar solo. I do quite enjoy the “shiny shiny, bad times behind me” – after that comes “I Lost My Dodi” – the songs kind of remind me of what you’d hear on a B52’s album, but it’s an alright song, nowhere near as good as the previous track, but it’s alright. After that comes the track “More Money” – it’s definitely one of those dance tracks, the lyrics are quite different than most of the bands I’ve done, but this album is more like chill music. Then comes “Jimmy Jive Jive” and it’s an okay track, can’t really complain, the musicianship is pretty nice. The A-Side ends with the song “Sabres of Paradise” – I’m finding a lot of the tracks are performed by just Kate Garner, but that’s not a bad thing, this song seems to be performed by Jeremiah Healy, who is a tremendous vocalist. It makes for a pretty good ending track to the A-Side. It’s a little slow, but it works.

The B-Side opens with the song “Sister Friction” which has Jeremiah on lead vocals again, and he is quite the singer – it’s a pretty solid track. Then comes the song “Shoofly Love” and it’s a pretty fast and catchy dance track, I definitely could dance to this song. Then comes the track “Chizoola” – and you know, reading the lyric sheet as the music plays really makes you wonder what the song is really about… and what does “I taste your taste, chizoola” mean? or even “beat beat banananananana”? I’m at a loss of words. But hey, this isn’t so bad. Oh hey, the song ends with Kate Garner moaning. I finally get what the song was about. “John Wayne is Big Leggy” comes next, and well, apparently it’s about John Wayne’s height. The album ends with the song “Here Comes the Beast” and it’s a pretty good way to end the album, no complaints here!

Interesting Facts:
None.

Track Listing:
A1 – Shiny Shiny
A2 – I Lost My Dodi
A3 – More Money
A4 – Jimmy Jive Jive
A5 – Sabres of Paradise

B1 – Sister Friction
B2 – Shoofly Love
B3 – Chizoola
B4 – John Wayne is Big Leggy
B5 – Here Comes the Beast

Label:
Regard Records

Catalog Number:
AFL1-4823

Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Words & Music – Paul Caplin, Jeremiah Healy & Kate Garner
Arrangements & Programming – Paul Caplin
Production – Paul Caplin, Steve Brown, Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley, Tony Visconti & Vic Coppersmith
Saxophone – Simon Henry
Bass Guitar – Alfie Agius & Big George
Guitar – Kevin Byrd, Tony Visconti, John Sherwood, Dick Simpson & Rob McIntosh
Percussion – Andy Duncan & Joao Bosco De Oliveira
Violin – Bobby Valentino
Backing Vocals – Afrodisia
Photography – Simon Fowler
Graphics – Graham Smith
Cartoons – David Thomas

Other Albums I Own by Haysi Fantayzee:
None.

Released:
1983

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