Townshend - Far In
debut album from dapper drummer Fuzz Townshend is, well, a
bit of a fuzzy issue. As a first effort, it is better than
most, but lacks overall direction and sadly falls into a hazy
middle ground somewhere between dance, reggae and nostalgia.
In has strong high points that will leave you sweating
heavily and shouting for more, but the low points inbetween
them nullify your racing heart and leave you skipping track
after boring track. The most noticeable high points come in
the form of grooovy tributes to 1970s disco anthems, and if
this was the theme for the album it would surely be a classic.
The upbeat start of "Test Card" is followed by "Smash
It" and "Boogie Too," and could easily form
the soundtrack for the next Austin Powers movie. More
delightful tracks ensue with the single "Get Yerself"
and the incredibly great, cool and soothing "Summertime,"
which will surely be a future hit.
ex-Pop Will Eat Itself drummer lets the whole thing down with
an insistance to indulge in rap and funk and other obssessions
that leave Far In neither here nor there. "Original
Boom," "My Day" and "Outside Wide"
are all victims of this crassness that alters the pattern
of the CD and leaves you wondering just what it is all about.
is Fuzz Townshend? The answer is not to be found on Far
In, unless the answer actually is a misty Fuzz. This is
a man whose past incluldes stunt performances, romance writing
and an obssession with public transport. His music is as equally
varied and, although he may be able to conjure up outstanding
singles, the album is not solid enough to cut the cheese.
used to get told off at school for drumming on the desk and,
after school, he used to get attacked by crazed dogs while
doing the paper round. As a result, Fuzz no longer does the
paper round. He still does the drumming, though. In fact,
he's made a career out of it... apart from a few years as
a bus doctor in the black country. Teachers never do get it
right, do they?
already scored a hit with his debut solo release, Hello
Darlin. He pressed 1,000 records with financial backing
from Backs Records in Norwich. An engagingly smile-inducing
record, it caused an A&R scramble. He signed to Echo records,
who unleashed it on a more-than-willing public. Fuzz then
sent dancefloors across the land into delirium with the rattling
drums of his "Smash It" single.
are perfectly formed. Some of the tunes on Far In will
both get you out of bed in a morning, and get you up onto
the dancefloor in an evening. There are some cracking anthems
from perhaps the very first person to make the transition
from drummer to decidedly cool frontman. Music for pleasure,