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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.

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Tiger Lillies @ Comedy Store


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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.


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