Tuesday, March 08, 2005

V/A Bubblepop: 20 UK Pop Oddities CD (RPM)

The UK of the title is not a nation but a label, that of mad pop svengali Jonathan King. These singles, issued between 1972 and 1976, are an eclectic and sometimes stunning set of glam goofs and novelties, inspired, unpredictable and wonderfully silly. But a record buyer with a conscience might want to weigh the moral consequences of sending royalties King's way, considering his child molestation bust, which inevitably colors interpretation of kinderpop artists like Big Pig with Little Porker (giggling hysterically through “Baby Reggae”) and the luminous faux-Osmond Ricky Wilde, represented here by several fascinating tracks. -Kim Cooper

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