Tiger Lillies @ Comedy Store, Manchester
The world of The Tiger Lillies is a blasphemous, Brechtian nightmare of a place, mostly peopled by drunkards, prostitutes and deviants. Review in Manchester Evening News.
Tiger Lillies @ Comedy Store
by Kevin Bourke 22/11/04
THE world of The Tiger Lillies is a blasphemous, Brechtian nightmare of
a place, mostly peopled by drunkards, prostitutes and deviants.
But there's a delicious dark humour and, often, a strange beauty to the
carryings-on here too, with their live shows somewhere between theatre,
gig and twenties Berlin cabaret.
It's a unique experience and, let's face it, where else might you hear
a jaunty little tune about sexual misbehaviour with hamsters followed
by a straight take on Sondheim's Send In The Clowns?
The three-piece is fronted by Martin Jacques, a trained opera singer
whose songs are, he says, inspired by the years he spent living in a
squat above a Soho brothel.
Jacques, who also plays accordion, piano and ukulele, is aided and
abetted by drummer Adrian Huge, who radically redefines drum solos by
beating his mini-kit to death and sawing the leg off his drum stool
before, apparently, suffering his own demise, along with double-bass
man Adrian Stout, who also does a neat line in musical saw playing.
It's weird, it's disturbing, it's moving and it's really rather wonderful.