BY RON HART
Family Fodder is one of the great lost treasures of the English post-punk scene from the earliest of the ‘80s.
An ethnic stew of friends and acquaintances, the band took everything they learned from The Specials, The Clash, Gang of Four and The Ruts and deconstructed it in a way that was a hair above the minimalism of their American counterparts Young Marble Giants with a dash of Monty Python-esque humor to throw off the critics.
This expanded version of their influential 1980 debut Monkey Banana Kitchen from Staubgold is the most comprehensive yet. In addition to containing a completely remastered edition of the LP Wire once hailed as one of the “100 Albums that Set the World on Fire (While No One was Listening)”, this tasty set also features the entirety of material culled from the band’s 1982 12” EP Schizophrenia Party as well as their ultra-rare pair of 7-inches Film Music from 1981 and ‘82’s The Big Dig.
Any fan of punk’s adventurous trysts with dub, jazz and new wave would be might wise to come on in this Kitchen if they haven’t done so already.
DOWNLOAD: “Cold Wars”, “Organ Grinder”, “Film Music”, “Plant Life”