A compilation double CD album featuring a range of tracks from The Cravats in Toytown, The Colossal Tunes Out, singles and live gigs.
“The big men in black amble up on stage. A rumble starts and develops into a roar over a thudding bastard rockabilly beat and this crazed gang in beaten up dinner suits whip up a be-bop gone mad, jazz-punk storm, a colossal midnight black and blue confection of Louis Jordan, Eddie Cochran and Buddy Rich having a wild dream about the punk-rock future. But it is the smallest of the four who makes the biggest racket. Hunched over a saxophone wired to several smashed up noise-making boxes, Svor Naan cajoles, urges and beats huge sonic waves out of the contraptions, sliding from doo-wop sweetness to super-dub soundscapes to barmy toy-town tunes. Behind him, Uncle David Bennett, a young man trapped in an old man’s body, smashes the drum skins as one possessed. I prepare to duck, mindful of Uncle Dave’s penchant for hurling equipment into the audience at times of crisis.
At the front, on either side of the stage, like giant nightmare bookends, stand The Shend and RR Dallaway, alternately wailing with punk abrasion and with Karl Denver latino rockabilly yodelling, twanging and strumming matching black bass and guitar. The lyrics are full of black humour and a sense of the absurd. Big men. Big, black surreal ideas."