AMIDST the self-conscious Brit-Pop excesses of the nineties, the NME Reader’s Best Live Act awards placed the jaunty band Corduroy in its top five.
The funk band returned to Gilles Peterson’s iconic Acid Jazz Records label last year and are now all set for a concert at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis.
Corduroy arrived on the Acid Jazz scene in early 1992. Self-styled as the Fabric Four, they cut a striking presence with their soundtrack for the beatific generation, dressed in black turtle-neck sweaters with goatee beards.
Behind the flummery though, there was music that captured hearts and minds; three albums, ‘Dad Man Cat’, ‘High Havoc’ and ‘Out Of Here’ for Acid Jazz that drew on their unifying love of 60s and 70s TV themes and film soundtracks, then two, ‘The New You’ and ‘Clik’, for Big Cat.
The Acid Jazz trilogy will be reissued later this year; the later through Well Suspect Records.
Their influence stretched even further; a favourite of Blur, they’d play their early records on their tour bus as they were formulating their ideas for the ‘Parklife’ album and ‘British Image #1’ – Corduroy’s imprint is writ large over Britpop’s foundations.
Blur showed their appreciation, inviting Corduroy to play at their 1994 Alexandra Palace extravaganza alongside Supergrass and Pulp. They put on an amazing show, explaining why they reached number two in the Melody Maker 1994 end-of-year Live Poll.
At their Lyme Regis concert on Saturday, August 17, they will be supported by DJ Heavy Stylus, an explosive amalgamation of Acid Jazz, funk, hip hop beats, heavy soul breaks and blaxploitation ghetto-funk.
The bar will open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets cost £17.50 in advance or £20 on the door, with 10% discount for theatre members. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com