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On The Other Hand There's A Fist

Jona Lewie

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First brought to fame as a member of the idiosyncratically named Terry Dactyl & the Dinosaurs, U.K. hitmakers in the early '70s, Jona Lewie proved that band's oddball output was no fluke when he materialized within the Stiff Records roster at the end of the decade. An unlikely attraction on the label's second package tours, rubbing shoulders with acts as disparate as Detroit art goddess Lene Lovich and the inestimable Wreckless Eric, Lewie then scored a minor cult hit with the insistent "The Baby, She's on the Street," before unleashing his debut album in 1980. "The Baby" remains one of the easiest entries into On the Other Hand There's a Fist, a set that otherwise plays out like a nouveau-cabaret act, tight and cohesive, infused with good humor and the light pattered songs that Lewie did best -- the menacing title certainly belies the content. Leaping into the fray with the catchy pop of his U.K. Top 20 "(You'll Always Find Me in The) Kitchen at Parties," which features Kirsty MacColl in the backing chorus (and again on "A Bit Higher"), it's only a matter of time before he reaches the sweet, old-time love song "God Bless Whoever Made You," a marriage of '60s innocence with blistered guitar that ultimately emerges a Stiff trademark -- interesting quirk. Elsewhere, he hits streets with "On the Road" and the bluesy piss-fest "I'll Get by in Pittsburgh," which just leaves one of the album's few sour moments, "Feelin' Stupid" -- which ultimately sounds stupid too. Plying his wonderful voice like another instrument in his band, Lewie adds his own uniquely styled verve to an already eccentric generation of vocalists. Although probably unknown in the United States, Lewie is a voice to be sought out, and reckoned with.
© Amy Hanson /TiVo

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1
You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties
00:03:05

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1980 Stiff Records Ltd.

2
The Baby, She's On The Street
00:02:20

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Big Shot Momentarily
00:02:55

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
A Bit Higher
00:03:04

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Vous et moi
00:02:10

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
God Bless Whoever Made You
00:03:32

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Hallelujah Europa
00:04:03

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Feeling Stupid
00:03:35

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
On The Road
00:02:40

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
I'll Get By In Pittsburgh
00:01:44

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Laughing Tonight
00:02:05

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

12
Bang-A-Lang-A-Boom-Er-Rang-Man
00:03:02

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

13
The Fairground Ride
00:03:27

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

14
Bureaucrats
00:02:44

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

15
Police Trap
00:02:57

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

16
The Last Supper At The Masquerade
00:04:06

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

17
Denny Laine's Valet
00:02:50

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

18
Be Stiff
00:01:46

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

First brought to fame as a member of the idiosyncratically named Terry Dactyl & the Dinosaurs, U.K. hitmakers in the early '70s, Jona Lewie proved that band's oddball output was no fluke when he materialized within the Stiff Records roster at the end of the decade. An unlikely attraction on the label's second package tours, rubbing shoulders with acts as disparate as Detroit art goddess Lene Lovich and the inestimable Wreckless Eric, Lewie then scored a minor cult hit with the insistent "The Baby, She's on the Street," before unleashing his debut album in 1980. "The Baby" remains one of the easiest entries into On the Other Hand There's a Fist, a set that otherwise plays out like a nouveau-cabaret act, tight and cohesive, infused with good humor and the light pattered songs that Lewie did best -- the menacing title certainly belies the content. Leaping into the fray with the catchy pop of his U.K. Top 20 "(You'll Always Find Me in The) Kitchen at Parties," which features Kirsty MacColl in the backing chorus (and again on "A Bit Higher"), it's only a matter of time before he reaches the sweet, old-time love song "God Bless Whoever Made You," a marriage of '60s innocence with blistered guitar that ultimately emerges a Stiff trademark -- interesting quirk. Elsewhere, he hits streets with "On the Road" and the bluesy piss-fest "I'll Get by in Pittsburgh," which just leaves one of the album's few sour moments, "Feelin' Stupid" -- which ultimately sounds stupid too. Plying his wonderful voice like another instrument in his band, Lewie adds his own uniquely styled verve to an already eccentric generation of vocalists. Although probably unknown in the United States, Lewie is a voice to be sought out, and reckoned with.
© Amy Hanson /TiVo

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