A trio of wonderful albums from Momus – all from his initial years on Creation, presented with bonus tracks too! First up is Poison Boyfriend, the first album that Momus recorded for Creation Records – a label that provided him with a much stronger springboard than before – which was perfect for the way the singer blended very offbeat lyrics with compelling mainstream songcraft! Momus was always very different than most of the Brit 80s scene in which he worked – influenced strongly by the French work of singer/
songwriters like George Brassens, Jacques Brel, and Serge Gainsbourg – but graced with a very British wit, which made for an especially biting style that worked well with the themes of his songs. Momus has a vocal style that's maybe somewhere in Donovan territory, but sharper – and he draws from a variety of European song modes, fitted to the situation of each individual songs – as you'll hear on classics like "Situation Comedy Blues", "Three Wars", "The Gatecrasher", "Flame Into Being", and the Serge Gainsbourg-like "Closer To You". Next is Tender Pervert – one of the most biting albums ever recorded by UK singer/
songwriter Momus – a set of songs that comes off sounding like sweet pop tunes, but which deals with topics like closeted homosexuality, misguided Marxist politics, pedophilia, and general seediness overall! There's a really striking mismatch of styles here that makes the whole thing work – with elements of tighter mid 80s pop creeping into Momus' musical styles, as the lyrics themselves take an even darker turn than on any of his previous records. The titles alone should give a good picture of the work – and tunes include "In The Sanatorium", "A Complete History Of Sexual Jealousy Parts 17-24", "The Angels Are Voyeurs", "The Homosexual", and "I Was A Maoist Intellectual". Don't Stop The Night is a record that's maybe the most pop-oriented album that Momus ever recorded – at least in the catchiness of the tunes – but one that's also got some of the darkest subject matter too! Consider the songs – which include a posh Brit pimping out his sister to politicians, a love affair between a young girl and her guitar teacher, and a JG Ballard-like tie between an auto accident and sexuality – all stuff that hardly matches the beats, samples, and keyboards used by Momus – which make the songs as tuneful as they are sinister! Yet that approach is also very much in keeping with his mission – inspired by George Brassens and Serge Gainsbourg – which is to find a way to challenge the listener, but within a mainstream pop format – definitely the case with this late 80s classic. Titles include "How Do You Find My Sister", "Hairstyle Of The Devil", "Amongst Women Only", "The Guitar Lesson", "Shaftesbury Avenue", "Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous", and "Trust Me I'm A Doctor". 3CD set features 10 bonus tracks – including "Ballad Of The Barrel Organist", "Hotel Marquis De Sade", "Third Party Fire & Theft", "Morality Is Vanity", "Gilda", "Monsters Of Love", "Eleven Executioners", "What Will Death Be Like", "Murderers The Hope Of Women", and "Righthand Heart (acoustic)".