let’s Talk about Me...

NZ Today - - TALKBACK -

I’m much more in­ter­est­ing than you, goes the open­ing track on Hot Club Sand­wich’s sem­i­nal al­bum Café Ma­trix. If you like driv­ing around New Zealand and you don’t yet have this CD, or­der one this in­stant and it will en­ter­tain you for hours. I played it at least 20 times on this is­sue’s trip to Ro­torua. Even my nine-year-old knows all the words and loves singing, “I hear you’re do­ing fa­mously at what­ever it is you do”.

Gui­tarist and com­poser An­drew Lon­don has much fun putting life’s ir­ri­ta­tions to mu­sic. What makes it work is that he and his band are so ac­com­plished mu­si­cally, that even if you aren’t in­ter­ested in why we only ever get one choco­late fish at a café, you will be able to ap­pre­ci­ate the jazz chords that ac­com­pany it.

My favourite track is the first, Let’s talk about me. We all have a friend like this one. The per­son who is so much more suc­cess­ful that we are, talks about all his or her ac­com­plish­ments and con­tacts ad nau­seam, but never once asks what we are do­ing. The best line in the song is:

Me? I’m just fan­tas­tic; well the Prozac helps talk­ing… Shall we talk about me?! Other favourites in­clude the Cof­fee Song, “Why do they put my latte in a glass?”, the Wed­ding Song about be­ing a wed­ding band, “It’s a spe­cial day for you, for us I think it’s num­ber 802” and Ap­pli­ances about a cou­ple’s ef­fort to spice up their re­la­tion­ship (and no not that type of ap­pli­ance be­fore you get too ex­cited) “We buy ap­pli­ances, they’re so shiny when they’re new”.

I con­tacted An­drew to see if Café Ma­trix is still avail­able and good news, it is. He sent me th­ese de­tails about how to or­der it.

Cafe Ma­trix is avail­able dig­i­tally from CDbaby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ hot­clubs6

or from the NZ Am­pli­fier site http://www. am­pli­fier.co.nz/re­lease/28910/cafe-ma­trix. html

or email Terry at cray­fish@ac­trix.co.nz for a hard copy.

An­drew also told me that he is play­ing now with the An­drew Lon­don Trio pre­dom­i­nantly and they have just put out their de­but al­bum which in­cludes some new songs and some Hot Club Sand­wich re­works. He reck­ons I’ll ap­pre­ci­ate, I’d Never Let My Daugh­ter Out With Frank Si­na­tra. Happy lis­ten­ing.

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