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Boomkat Product Review:
Jonny Trunk has really come up with the goods on his latest car boot sale trawl, bringing us a pristine reissue of It's Broken, Bob Chance's privately pressed 1980 masterpiece of "hairy forearm disco" (to quote famous fan DJ Shadow).The centrepiece and highlight of the album is undoubtedly the 9:37 title track, a work of ersatz psychedelic disco-funk that Trunk describes as having "a touch of Giorgio Moroder, a bit of the Beach Boys and a sprinkle of Glen Campbell as a serial killer" - and while we couldn't hope to put it better ourselves, we ought to add that it really is a belter, with some of the most thrilling, scuzzed-out synth and percussion lines you've ever heard, and fully deserving of its legendary status. Honestly, you've never heard anything like it. The rest of the album is a treat too - opening with the relatively conventional rock 'n roll of Brown Skinned Girl', we're led through the perfect pastel pop of 'Honey Lips' (which reminds us, weirdly enough, of Boyd Rice and Rose McDowell's Spell LP), the Village Green-era Kinks-esque 'I See Her' and the dizzyingly psychedelic closing jam 'Jungle Talk' (so raw and trippy that you could easily mistake it for a Nacho Patrol record!), all tied together by the warm, witty, Randy Newman-esque vocal delivery of Mr Chance. It's just a beautiful, insane and utterly unique record - a must for fans of inventively written and produced psychedelic pop/rock, disco-not-disco and everything in between.