King Salami And The Cumberland 3 : Can Your Monkey Do The Wurst
In the beginning, rock’n’roll’s celebration of the gyrating and thrusting desires of the adolescent population had conservative interests proclaiming this deviant musical form as the devil’s music. By the '70s, rock’n’roll had become as mainstream as sliced bread and processed meat. The offensive dross that clutters up the Top 40 charts suggests the devil has returned to fray, this time using turgid shite to numb the minds of a once vibrant population.
Enter King Salami And The Cumberland 3 to save the world from this insipid attack on its senses. King Salami And The Cumberland 3 is as much a revelatory concept as it is a rock’n’roll band. At its most fundamental, King Salami is a celebration of social excitement, whether it’s in its dancing form – Do The Wurst, Do The Climb, Funky Walk, Pawnee Stomp, The Birdog – or a manic assault on dominant social and political paradigms (Ma Juju Girl, Wigs, Wigs, Wigs, Black Santa, Trubble, Trubble).
But it’s more than subtle messaging that’s on offer here. Ma Juju Girl wreaks havoc with Willie And The Hand Jive’s time-honoured formula, Bloody Mary pulls out the longboard and shrieks its way into your consciousness with ne’er a care, Hang Off jumps on the running board of your wood-panelled station wagon and whisks you off to a place Jan and Dean could only ever dream of and Do The Climb offers a perspective on life you’ll never forget. Do The Wurst is as slick as a used car salesman offloading a shiny red sports car to a businessman having a mid-life crisis, Funky Walk shoves Rufus Thomas, James Brown and Mick Collins into a cocktail shaker and creates a concoction of unfathomable excellence and Trubble, Trubble is as dangerous as a night on the sauce with Chuck Berry.
King Salami And The Cumberland 3 aren’t on a quest to change the world, but they’re certainly not hanging around waiting for something to happen. If apathy is a disease of the soul, King Salami is the cure.
BY PATRICK EMERY
Best Track: Do The Wurst
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