The Claypool Lennon Delirium - The Monolith Of Phobos album review

Primus man takes Sean on a trip.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium The Monolith Of Phobos album cover

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Almost as many American musicians seem to have played in bands with Sean Lennon as have ‘jammed with Flea from the Chili Peppers’ (© all newspapers) in celebrity-fronted supergroups at LA ‘nite spots’. And as a way of showing he’s more than just a surname, it works, thanks in this case to an engagingly loopy clutch of lysergic psych-pop oddities created with Primus frontman Les Claypool.

Sure, they’re keenly aware of their own wackiness, but if that didn’t put you off Primus, it probably won’t bother you here either. And despite the odd cooing Lennon harmonies, we’re a long way from Strawberry Fields.

The proggy Boomerang Baby lollops dizzily into your consciousness like a punch-drunk shoegazer, then Captain Lariat resembles a nursery rhyme turned faintly terrifying with help from a looping bass and a toytown-trippy tempo. Oxycontin Girl recounts the tail of an overdose as a blackly comic Kinksian romp replete with wriggling organ riff. And if more bands wrote songs called Breath Of A Salesman and There’s No Underwear In Space, the world would surely be a better place.

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock