Pukka Orchestra

Pukka Orchestra

by The Pukka OrchestraThe Pukka Orchestra


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The Pukka Orchestra's first album shows them to be a band with plenty of new wave pop smarts in the style of, say, Graham Parker or Tom Robinson; in fact, the hit off Pukka Orchestra was a cover of Robinson's "Listen to the Radio," here given a somewhat cheerier reading than the more doom-laden original version (when it was known as "Atmospherics"). The Pukka Orchestra stay true to the spirit of Robinson's song, however, and as a result come up with a uniquely winning pop record about the drudgery of life in a communist country. Elsewhere, the band offers up a few original songs that are just as good as "Radio," including the literate, lovelorn lament "Might As Well Be on Mars"; the memorable "Cherry Beach Express," a scathing attack on the Toronto police force; and "Rubber Girl," an accordion-laced ballad directed to a blow-up love doll. Beyond these songs (all of which were released as singles), things get a little spotty, however, as the selections range from good, straightforward new wave rockers ("Power Cut") to filler ("The Deserter," a recitation) to at least one outright misfire (the abrasive "Flies," which seems to have wandered in from another record). Still, there are enough worthwhile moments on this release to recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the hit single or to anyone with an interest in '80s alternative pop in general. It's just a shame The Pukka Orchestra weren't able to consolidate their strengths and come up with a top-to-bottom winner. [Pukka Orchestra was re-released on CD by Koch in 2000.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2010
Label: Solid Gold Records
UPC: 0696774102226
catalogNumber: 797882
Rank: 96686

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pukka Orchestra   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Howard Ayee   Bass
David Norris Elye   Saxophone
Bohdan Hluszko   Percussion,Drums
Gordon Phillips   Percussion
Steve Webster   Bass
Todd Booth   Keyboards
David McMorrow   Keyboards
Neil Chapman   Keyboards,Vocals
Graeme Williamson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Trudy Artman   Background Vocals
Norman W. Corbett   Background Vocals
Larry Brown   Bass
Linda Manzer   Background Vocals
Ann Lederman   Mandolin,Violin
David Norris   Drums
John Andersen   Drums
Denis Akiyama   Trumpet
Arlo Kempf   Background Vocals
Andrea Woods   Background Vocals
Jeremy Schneider   Background Vocals
Sharon McQueen   Background Vocals
Rockin' Randy Kempf   Bass
Peter Jakobsen   Background Vocals
Theresa Schneider   Background Vocals
Stee Braunstein   Contrabassoon

Technical Credits

Alice Cooper   Composer
Desmond Child   Composer
Danny Greenspoon   Producer,Engineer
Peter Mann   Engineer
Tom Rogers   Engineer
Dick Wagner   Composer
Pukka Orchestra   Producer
Neil Chapman   Arranger,Composer
Tony Duggan-Smith   Arranger,Composer
Graeme Williamson   Arranger,Composer
Rodney Bowes   CD Package Design
Euguene Martynec   Producer
Peter Willis   Producer,Engineer
Trudy Artman   Producer
Norman W. Corbett   Executive Producer
Hugh Ferguson   Engineer
Barbara Klunder   Illustrations

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