Noel McKay, A Date With Noel McKay (1967)
When I started collecting records I was curious about, well, curios – odd covers, weird names, those records that make lists now – of worst title or cover or whatever – I want to hear those records! I’ve had this in my collection for years without hearing it – it was a hand-me-down (I still have a stack of about 50-80 of them that I’m slowly working through, a lot of garbage but some genuine finds also. I have the time – from time to time – to work through them…) I didn’t know much about Noel McKay until I read Chris Bourke’s excellent Audioculture piece (click that link to check it out). He was a female impersonator in New Zealand in the 60s and 70s – a drag act. (Here’s a bit more about him, written by Carmen).The album cover warns: Sophisticated Adult Humour – when there’s of course really no such thing. Not here at least. But there is some wonderful jazz playing – night-club performers with a sympathetic ear. McKay was clever – on some level. And a wonderful grotesque of sorts. And though I won’t be rushing back to play this over and over it was a weird and (sorta) wonderful thing to eventually get to. And yes, it’s on at least one of those “awful album cover” lists.
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