TIRK031 - CHAZ JANKEL - MY OCCUPATION1) To Woo Lady Kong
2) Glad To Know You
3) You're My Occupation
4) 3,000,000 Synths
5) Number One
6) Feel Alone
7) Reve De Chevres
8) Ai No Corrida
9) Get Myself Together
10) Pretty Thing
11) Without You
12) Am I Honest With Myself? (Ray Mang Edit)
13) Call Me (Bonus Dub)
Retrospective album charting the solo career of the legendary Chaz Jankel (The Blockheads). One of the most fertile talents in British pop music.
To many people he is largely known as Ian Duryís groovy sidekick in the Blockheads (an ongoing love affair). Jankel trod manfully into Duryís life during the collapse of Ian & The Kilburns and was at the Ian Dury & The Blockheads, acting as the mercurial Londonerís sidekick, songwriting partner and musical director. If Dury brought the rock and the roll to their music, then Jankel delivered the jazz and soul.
But there is another side to Jankel: that of songwriter and solo performer and thanks to cult club hits like 3,000,000 Synths and Glad To Know You underground dance hero. Working alongside studio wiz, Phlip Bagenal, who not only engineered many of his best works, and with whom he also founded Eastcote Studios, Jankel was responsible for some of best and most experimental dance records to come from these shores.
Jankelís first solo collaboration was with veteran songwriter Kenny Young (who co-wrote Under The Boardwalk) whose lyrics had been inspired by a recent and controversial Japanese movie called Ai No Corrida. It eventually ended up in the hands of Quincy Jones.
The Tracks Glad To Know You, co-written with Ian Dury (and later covered by Kitty Grant), was a huge club hit in the USA, spending 6 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100. One of his final efforts as a major label artist was Youíre My Occupation, featuring Brenda Jones on vocals, the best song on his fifth (and unreleased) album, finally getting a proper release after over 20 years.
It was often on the 12-inch releases where Jankel could really let loose and have some fun (not least with some of the wacky song titles) and from where many of the tracks for this compilation are drawn. RÍve de ChŤvre (Goat Dream) is a dubbed out version of Questionnaire, shorn of its melodic content, driven by a skeletal rhythm and plaintive piano figures, while the brilliant 3,000,000 Synths is an experiment in the unnecessary overuse of the Oberheim. To Woo Lady Kong is a jazzy reggae reading of Glad To Know You, with Chazís raucous organ added as a knowing lick on the fade out.
There is also a new song included on the album, Get Myself Together, which he only completed a matter of months ago. "That was totally recorded in my studio at home," enthuses Chaz. "I was quite excited after I recorded it. It was interesting hearing it back to back with the older recordings because it really fits. It was inspired by working with Yam Who and Toni Rossano and people like that, who live in clubs and thatís rubbed off on me."(C) 2009 Tirk Recordings
(P) 2009 Tirk Recordings