Dimitri Mugianis, who was (is?) the group's leader, was the singer and, along with Glenn Johnson, drummer, organist and lead vocalist in two of the 20 tracks, the co-composer of all the songs.
The recordings cover the period 1979-1994. The sound and aesthetic are predominantly punk, with snatches of new wave, some scattered soul snippets here and there, a bit of jazz, plenty of serious fun and quite a few lyrics that mean business. The recordings involve around 30 instrumentalists, playing, among several things, trumpets, violins and guitars. There are various excellent songs here: "Thing Called Love" [sic], the maladjusted "Zac", the incredible "I Love you More", a saxophone-featuring punk song of schizophrenic love (!?), the true-to-its-title "Weekend Punk" recorded in '79, the almost jazz ballad "Sorry I Made You Cry", the catchy "It's All True", the baffling "Jesus" and the unsurpassable blues/jazz of the 10-minute-long "Ready to Receive".
Put together the (English) Astronauts, the Ex, the Dead Kennedys, the Clash, the Deep Freeze Mice, Frank Zappa, add a bit of jazz, stir with extremely exciting lyrics and there's your ticket for the worlds of Leisure Class!
A real find!
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