We Are The Best: The Best Of The Chap
The Chap, an enigma within an enigma, a band like no other, a musical riddle, a legend in their own lunchbox.
For years we’ve worked with these musical mavericks, these purveyors of high class esoteric pop music and still they won’t quit.
The Chap keep on keeping on, proving the rest of the world wrong, creating a universe that’s all their own, This timely reminder collects together many of their finest moments and what’s startling about it is, they were right all along, they are the best!
From the motorik, melodius ‘Auto Where To’, the perceptive, poignant ‘We Work In Bars’ to the thunderous ‘(I Am) Oozing Emotion’, all this music is 100% The Chap. Sure there are echoes of other music you’ve heard but ultimately all is trampled underfoot, engulfed, swallowed whole, distilled and re born.
Covering all periods of their gestation, it’s great to hear once again those first faltering steps….’I Got Flattened By A Pig Farmer’ still sounds like nothing else, with it’s disco strings, minimal beats and
warped vocals, ‘Remember Elvis Rex’ is irresistible and surreal in equal measures. Another early classic ‘Le Theme’ is given a makeover and sounds even more insane and anthemic than previously, like a Warm Jets period Eno in agony. ‘Ethnic Instrument’
is beyond bizarre and ‘Carlos Walter Wendy Stanley’ is like Peter Pan on acid, but there’s so much more on offer, 15 tracks of undiluted Chapness including the previously unreleased ‘Campaign Trail’.
Fans are legion and include the late great John Peel, the bang up to date Kissy Sell Out, Rob Da Bank, Stereolab, Joakim and Kylie Minogue.
If Vic Reeves was a pop star he would dream of making this music, if Elvis Presley was still alive this might be the music of his nightmares, if Salvador Dali was a biscuit then The Chap would be the cheese. If you don’t know it makes sense by now then surely it’s about time you did. We heartily suggest you make them your ‘best band’ now.
The Chap - We Are The Best: The Best Of The Chap
In support of this view here are a couple of quotes from people who surely know their onions:
“ I find it hard to think of a more compelling, uplifting and joyous live band than The Chap and I have no hesitation in recommending them for the post.” Rhodri Marsden, Journalist
“I feel strongly about The Chap and about their future, and I want to try to make you feel the same way. I have no reservations in strongly recommending the Chap as a future professional partner. I rate them as the tops” Dr. Jennifer Walshe
“The Chap are both gear and fab” John Peel