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Up Murphy Street

by Up Murphy Street

Founded in the dark ages of the eighties, the Murphy Foundation has since materialised in many formations and a multitude of styles, whilst never straying far from that most basic tool of communication: the pop song. Comic and poetic, with a diversity tha
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2. Adam and Eve Street
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3. I Spoke to God...and She Said...
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4. Insurance Co. Man
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5. History Lesson
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6. The Hero Worker
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8. Bald Progress
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9. Sour Notes
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10. Weather Vane
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11. Interlude
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12. Deluge
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13. Sally Agua
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14. Waiting for the Lifeguards to Stop Flexing Their Muscles
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Founded in the dark ages of the eighties, Laboratoires Murphy has since materialised in many formations and a multitude of styles, whilst never straying far from that most basic tool of communication: the pop song. Comic and poetic, with a diversity that makes them difficult to categorise, Laboratoires Murphy are one outcome of the realisation that 'we can do anything'.

'truly eccentric and absolutely out of step with any known fashion, past or present, though obliquely familiar to many of them' - Chris Cutler

'runs against the grain and yet reiterates the possibilities of communication that the pop song embodies: music that speaks of a locale, we might even say (unfashionably) a community. Laboratoires Murphy provide useful ammunition for those whose faith in the marginal and the progressive is not entirely spent' - Wire Magazine

Selected discography: Working Stiffs - 'Metamurphosis',
Orchestre Murphy - 'Frankincense', Orchestre Murphy - 'Bogtrotting',
Orchestre Murphy - 'Smut', 'Miners of Banal', The Plain People of England - 'The Gab, Gift or Curse?'.

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Lenny


Robert Storey aka Rob Murphy aka Tito Pueblo is one of the most unique still unsung songwriters, singers of the past quarter century. His groups straddle the line between pop and more experimental styles, and always feature brilliant, clever and often hilariously pithy lyrics.

The newly reissued Up Murphy Street from 1986 is the first missive from this eccentric tunesmith. More than anything, Up Murphy Street recalls the spirit of the contemporary, still to be reissued recordings by Mick Hobb's Officer ensemble. Not too surprising when a glance at the credits shows Bill Gilonis, Mick Hobbs himself, and others from the Family Fodder / Woof records / Homosexuals extended family, including C.D. Grey, Amos, Felix Federowicz, Lepke Buchwater, etc.

As with Officer, and subsequent Murphy recordings, one can expect a myriad of wayward approaches to song craft. There appear to be less of the intentionally bad puns, double entendres and clever turns of phrase of his later work, but the basic approach is already in evidence.

I remember hearing about this record back in the day, and until now have never come across it. Recommended if you like eccentric and intelligent cabaret like approaches to song, like say those of Slapp Happy, or if you're a fan of Rob's later work with The Orchestre Murphy, Plain People of England and The Miners of Banal.
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