Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Second Hand Furniture - Because

Apologies for the awful pun! I've written about one of the unluckiest bands ever Furniture here Following that post Phil who often leaves comments wrote about the fact that one of the songwriters and singers went on to record one lp as part of a duo under the name Because. Phil recently sent me a couple of compilation cds one of which included the following track from the Because lp.

Well this spurred me into action and I finally bought a copy of the lp that had been released on The Bible's label haven records I'll quote what the label's website has to say about the band.

'Mad Scared Dumb and Gorgeous' is the sole album by BECAUSE, who are Jim Irvin (vocals) and Chris Ingham (keyboards, guitar). This album, recorded during the autumn months of 1992 for Haven, was the first collaboration between Chris and Jim, whose friendship over many years had crystallised into a sublime songwriting partnership. Jim's previous career is better documented as the singer for the sorely missed band Furniture, who are best remembered for the hit single 'Brilliant Mind' as well as the critically acclaimed albums for Stiff and Arista. He also now operates as a music journalist. Chris, whose roots lie in the jazz clubs of East Anglia, has a career that has spanned both rhythm'n'blues and modern jazz bands over the years, and even once included a band with Eddi Reader purely for Rowan Atkinson's wedding reception. He also now freelances as a music journalist. This album, recorded at a home studio for a budget that would hardly cover some studios' coffee bills, is primarily a songwriting project. This is a collection of ten superbly crafted songs, whose singular melodic structures and lyrical resonances can leave you breathless. This album will have you including the names of Ingham and Irvin in your lists of classic songwriters of today. BECAUSE are songsmiths - craftsmen in a sadly neglected art.

The word jazz would normally have me running for the hills however this is one great lp. It feels like a more chilled and relaxed Furniture. I've been kicking myself for waiting so long to get it. Both band members now work as music journalists (Jim Irvin I think mainly writes for Word) which is a real shame as I'd love to hear a follow up.

The lp is deleted but the label does have some stock left you can get details by contacting Derek at

If you like melodic pop music , have enjoyed the recent re-release of Wrong People or loved Furniture the first time around then I'd really recommend you get a copy it is a lost gem of an lp.

The cds Phil sent were so good that they've prompted their own mini series of posts starting next week which will be imaginatively titled stuff on Phil's cd

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