Lord Bishop Rocks: Peace Action 69

Peace, love and... er, German sex rock.

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It’s the spirit of ’69, baby, and for one album only this trio is fronted by the black Austin Powers mixed with George Clinton – or Superfly-in-waiting.

The terrible tag ‘sex rock from Germany’ screeches ‘bin it’, but let’s see what they’re about. Peace Action 69 is actually quite hilarious, and for many good reasons.

This hard-touring Eurobiker party troupe know they’re hamming it up like Mattesons on steroids, and their psychedelic rock-funk is often a whole lotta fun and a muso palate-cleanser (see: Bla Bla Bla, Death Is Democratic). But the cheesy Hendrix, Zep and Chillis influences overwhelm, albeit tempered by some not-unwelcome sardonicism à la Danko Jones.

Even if this is a political concept album, LBR could pay a little more attention to songcraft over showboating, and not rely on styles they can ape but not matching. We get the humour, but do they only want to be cartoons?

Jo Kendall

Jo is a journalist, podcaster, event host and music industry lecturer with 23 years in music magazines since joining Kerrang! as office manager in 1999. But before that Jo had 10 years as a London-based gig promoter and DJ, also working in various vintage record shops and for the UK arm of the Sub Pop label as a warehouse and press assistant. Jo's had tea with Robert Fripp, touched Ian Anderson's favourite flute (!), asked Suzi Quatro what one wears under a leather catsuit, and invented several ridiculous editorial ideas such as the regular celebrity cooking column for Prog, Supper's Ready. After being Deputy Editor for Prog for five years and Managing Editor of Classic Rock for three, Jo is now Associate Editor of Prog, where she's been since its inception in 2009, and a regular contributor to Classic Rock. She continues to spread the experimental and psychedelic music-based word amid unsuspecting students at BIMM Institute London, hoping to inspire the next gen of rock, metal, prog and indie creators and appreciators.