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Under a currently painfully ironic title, Britxotica Goes East! finds Jonny Trunk and Martin Green indulging their love of ersatz belly-dance music and byzantine themes, compiling a canny good handful of ‘50s music hall performers and early english experimenters.
“Since the early part of the 20th century the British public were fascinated by eastern culture which they thought of as exotic, erotic and sometimes comic. Schoolboys adored the sun-drenched adventures of The Arabian Knights, Lawrence of Arabia and Tutankhamen's tomb raider Howard Carter. Mid-century middle-aged men became rather hot under the tab collar when exposed to the middle-eastern mid-riffs of hip-shaking belly-dancers, while London Palladium audiences would howl with laughter at the fez wearing, knobbly knee, sand-dancing antics of the highly popular comedy trio Wilson, Kepple and Betty.
The advent of the Beatles and their stoned love of fashionable Indian styles, caused interest in Middle Eastern music to wane, with songwriters only occasionally exploring the genre. The Rolling Stones used up-tempo Arabian rhythms on 'Paint it Black' while Led Zeppelin went slow, dark and deep on 'Kashmir'. However, British audiences still preferred their Eastern exotica to be far less serious. Lads loved jumping around as Madness sang 'Night Boat to Cairo', students would forever 'Rock The Casbah' and girls, like the Beverly Sisters 30 years before, couldn't resist the urge to get in a line, turn sideways and 'Walk like an Egyptian'.Martin Green. Camden Casbah. 2016.”