REVIEW: Corduroy – Winky Wagon

Winky Wagon is a compilation of rare fruits of Corduroys labours following their 3 legendary albums released via Acid Jazz records. This new collection, released via Well Suspect records, is an ever so slight diversion from the usual well versed 60’s / 70’s soundtrack compositions. With a subtitle of ‘the best of the Psy-Fi years’ I’d imagine the band performing these tracks in a studio kitted out in E.T. type costumes with red glowing fingers hoping to catch a flying BMX.

The material found here is as infectious as the bands previous well known output. Mini, The Frighteners and Ponytail all have equal rivals here. The jovial title track has a Ready Steady Go feel, dancefloor worthy organ, with Dave Clarke Five quick fire drums and guitar licks to rival Grant Green, something I’m certain Cathy McGowan would be proud.

(I Know) Where The Good Times (Have Gone) would go down well via a Sesame Street pinball machine, with a likeable lyric ‘I walk with a zombie’ this track might well leave you in a mesmerized hazy whirlwind. Data 70 would fit in well in any Keith Mansfield KPM product from the 70’s, a clash of beautiful harmonies mixed with The Sweeny type opening sequence instrumentation leads perfectly into The Hand That Rocks The Cradle another track not for the faint hearted, delectable 70’s police series guitar with 70’s synth is a match made in Harry Palmer heaven.

With these cool cats touring hard across the British Isles at present it is impossible to escape this groove machine whilst they lap up the cream contently in their never ending quest to get the hips of the nation following their musical patterns of purr-fection.

Winky Wagon can be purchased from the Well Suspect Records website