The Fun Lovin' Criminals - Koko, 20th January 2014 6

The Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Koko, 20th January 2014



Huey Morgan may spend more time working with the BBC  these days, but in true gangster fashion the boys have got back together for one more job.

Blasting off with ‘Bear hug’, and ‘The King of New York’ their trademark blend of Hip Hop, rock and old school influences are still very much in working order. ‘Bombing the L’ blends a tale of tagging the subway to an incessant Deep Purple like riff. They break the uptempo numbers with more laid back jams, like ‘Come find yourself’ and ‘Back on the Block’, with multi instrumentalist Brian ‘Fast’ Leiser providing plenty of 70s keyboard and horn textures.




‘Scooby snacks’ their breakthrough hit from ’96 may be a highlight, but the set evenly works it’s way through their back catalogue, ‘Big Night out’ is still a load of fun, with it’s cheeky chorus and classic rock outro, and ‘Love Unlimited’ is well, lovely, enhanced on the night but Koko’s giant disco ball which turns a Monday night in Camden into a proper old school Big hair n gangsters New York Nightclub. The New York Huey’s selling is the one from the movies, ie the one we want to hear about. As he rightly sums up at the end “Some bands play to the crowd, and some bands play for the crowd’.

The F.L.C have carved their own place, and everybody there seemed more than happy with that.




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