Cockney Rebel – Tumbling Down (1975)

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It was glam rock, but not as others were doing it. Listening to The Psychomodo is an unusual experience to say the least. Unlike the 1970s music hall of The Kinks, Steve Harley’s Cockney Rebel were never able to convert their variety show Englishness into overseas success. I skip the more celebrated goofiness (‘Mr Soft’), decadence (‘Ritz’), prog (‘Cavaliers’) and carnival (title track) to pull out the album’s relieving and closing ballad ‘Tumbling Down’. The ‘song’ goes to show how unimportant lyrics can be – “Me, I regard it a tortuous hardship that smoulders/like a peppermint eaten away/will I fight, will i swagger or sway?” The Beasties would have liked that one.

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