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Boomkat Product Review:
Manchester resident Vinny Peculiar (aka Alan Wilkes) has friends in high places. The Smiths' Mike Joyce and Oasis' former rhythm guitarist Paul 'Bonehead Arthurs have both been known to step into his live band. Neither are present for these recordings, but Wilkes nonetheless manages a decent approximation of '70s rock, with a clear Bowie influence. If there is a complaint to be lodged against the album it's likely to be down to the overcooked production, which spends too much time trying out flashy effects when it hasn't quite nailed down the basics. Tracks like 'Kiss Me (I'm A Social Worker)' are the kind of comedy jaunts that have had local publications like the estimable Manchester Evening News declaring him the Tony Hancock of pop. An entirely unjustified tag, but you can probably hear what they're getting at on 'Lazy bohemians' when he dons his misanthrope hat and whinges: 'Lazy bohemians/Good for nothing swine/Can't get up in the morning/Can't be arsed to go out at night."