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Josef K \ It's Kinda Funny [TWI 022]

Crépuscule presents It's Kinda Funny by Josef K - the Sound of Young Scotland on 45, rounded up on 33.

As well as their three legendary 45s on Postcard Records (Radio Drill Time, It's Kinda Funny and Chance Meeting), the album also includes both Crépuscule singles (Sorry For Laughing, Missionary) as well as the original Absolute version of Chance Meeting from 1979. B-side tracks are also included, plus a digital download.

Cover art by Jean-François Octave. Inner bag with liner notes and archive photography by Simon Clegg. Outer sleeve printed on matt reverse board.

LP tracklist:

A1. Romance
A2. Radio Drill Time
A3. It's Kinda Funny
A4. Sorry For Laughing
A5. Chance Meeting
A6. Missionary
B1. Heaven Sent
B2. Revelation
B3. Crazy to Exist
B4. The Angle
B5. Pictures (of Cindy)
B6. Final Request
B7. Chance Meeting (Absolute)

Available as a vinyl album with digital download. Free ICA Rock Week 1980 poster with mailorder copies while stocks last. To order LP please select correct shipping option and click on Add To Cart button, or else contact LDDC by email.

It's Kinda Funny [TWI 022]
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Reviews:

"Josef K were The Sound of Young Scotland, together with Orange Juice, whose guitars were also radiant and brittle, whose rhythms were also scrubbed and blunt, whose vocals were also proud and serious, but who sounded like another group entirely" (Paul Morley)

"Josef K was about the heroic Outsider suavely surfing across the fraught surface of their albino funk fracas. Haig sounds high on anxiety, finding an odd, giddy euphoria in doubt" (Simon Reynolds)

"Josef K specialised in cerebral, nerve-jangling funk, like disco played by Franz Kafka (or Franz Ferdinand). They also had some of the best, most insidious guitar riffs ever, notably The Missionary and Revelation, although they could do mordant: see It's Kinda Funny. What's no laughing matter is this music's dour brilliance" (Classic Pop, 03/2016)

"Between 1979 amd 1981 Josef K were the spiky, austere counterpoint to fellow Postcard label luminaries Orange Juice, named after Kafka's anti-hero, and at heart as much Mittel-Europa as they were Edinburgh. Their Postcard debut, Radio Drill Time, was indebted to Gang of Four's pale, itchy funk before a prowling It's Kinda Funny became the first A-side to sound quintessentially theirs. Likewise the original, delicious Chance Meeting was radically made-over - tauter, faster, laced with brass - for their final Postcard outing. Two Crepuscule singles of the era underline just how Josef K chopped and changed, from Sorry For Laughing's almost Orange Juice-influenced jollity to the frantic heaviness of The Missionary. 4/5 stars (Mojo, 05/2016)

"Josef K created the blueprint for the UK indie scene that followed. This singles collection represents the group at their best: literate, terse with an edge to thir snappy, melodic songs. Scottish post-punk at its finest. 9/10" (Louder Than War, 05/2016)

"Postcard Records had a knack of finding the best of the outsiders in Scottish post-punk. Josef K were probably the band with the least commercial success, but whose music has aged the best. Arch where Orange Juice were twee, otherworldly where Aztec Camera were gauche, Paul Haig and his band took elements from Subway Sect and the Velvets and married them to scratchy, skeletal funk. It's the singles that sees them best remembered. Chance Meeting has an almost Motown bliss added to its austerity, and It's Kinda Funny is a startling record for a band of such relative youth. Adding a much needed literacy and refinement to the glitter of 80s pop, Josef K are sorely missed. 9/10" (Vive le Rock, 04/2016)

"Josef K were Postcard's cutting edge - spiky, insouciant, sardonic, existentially loaded and debonair. And throughout, their melodies remained pop at heart. Now post-punk punk-funk is the current alt rock flavour, the Edinburgh band sound more prescient still" (Mojo, 08/2004)

"For all their slightly delirious talk of fun, laughter and craziness, Josef K were among the most austere and monochromatic of post-punksters. Never mind - 20 years on, the furious, scrabbling textures of these songs are a savage pleasure in their own right" (Uncut, 04/2002)