This nice little slice of 80s DIY London madness wandered into our open arms last week by way of a stranger. Thank god he knew where to find us. Bing Selfish
hasn’t given a lot a lot away during his 30+ year career - he is a contemporary and collaborator of Amos & Sara et al and subscribes to their twisted school of obfuscation (but Bing
is worse). Selfish Works
might be one of those rare occasions where you feel you can sink your teeth into something he’s done - quite a feat with only five tracks to play with. It’s a psychedelic travelogue from back in 1983 by a man who probably hadn’t left the moth ridden mattress on the floor of his squat - a surreal dream diary that touches down in nearly every continent. On the ballad of ‘Spanish Dictator’ he pines: ‘In the forests of Peru /I was waiting for you / I was high on cocaine / I was out of my brain. You get the point. (On ‘Australia’ Mr. Selfish
is abandoned by his dog, no less, who leaves him for the ‘good life.’) The motley cast of characters credited on the back of this gorgeous cover - the same as from its original release from back in ‘83 - can be found playing on other store favourites like A&S's two pearlers and Manchester Mekon’s No Forgetting
. But as tweaked as the instrumentation and arrangement is, it never distracts from Bing
who, ironically, offers nothing but distraction and digression. Guaranteed you’ll take something new away every time you give it a listen. Completely serendipitous that this record strolled (back) into our view but its undeniable sideways brilliance pushed it into the mailer. As already mentioned BEEEE-AUTIFUL artwork and hand-numbered edition of 125.