Review: Peaches And Crime – Do Bad Things

Posted on: Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015

Peaches And Crime – Do Bad Things

(Peaches And Crime Records)

Did your mother warn you against running away to go on stage? If so, she’d probably heard of these guys. Out of upstate New York – without doubt some kind of disreputable dance hall – circa 1935, they describe their approach on the back sleeve of this CD as “Vaudeville Variety Show”, which conveys rather less than the half of it.

Don’t be fooled for an instant! I doubt they know how to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Why, even the piano player is called Mikey The Fist and I’m pretty sure that’s not the name on his NYPD record. They’re pretty twisted – they sing like angels but I can’t shake the suspicion that they might even dare to try to corrupt The Andrews Sisters.

They do things like jailhouse work songs, warped klezmer, crazy polkas, Cab Calloway styled jazz and some hokum-ish vaudeville blues, interspersed with spoken comic skits, just like the real thing (not that I would know, of course, I’ve just been told about it). Chances are you’d enjoy this, but don’t let your mother catch you listening to it – she probably wouldn’t be happy. I’m off to confession right now…

Norman “Guardian Of Morality” Darwen

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