Review: Mr K and his Gang on tour and on video

Posted Nov 11, 2012 by Alexander Baron
The artist with the unspeakable name is currently on tour in the UK. For reasons that will soon become clear, you won't have heard his songs on the radio.
Mr K and his Gang on tour
Mr K and his Gang on tour
YouTube screengrab
No, his name will not be spelt out here, visit his website to learn that; it is pronounced just how it is spelt. The great Noël Coward claimed to have been the first person to use the word bloody on the radio, in his classic but oft' misunderstood song Don't Let's Be Beastly To The Germans, way back in 1943. In its proper context of course, bloody is not a swear word, and today even when used as such it is considered so extremely weak that probably even primary school teachers don't give it a second thought.
It would be a long time before the dreaded F word would be broadcast, 1965; the man responsible for that was critic Kenneth Tynan, in a live TV programme. Tynan's use of the word was considered so shocking that it was actually raised in Parliament.
That word has now long since lost its power to shock, and indeed has appeared in not one but two number one singles. There is though still one word that is taboo, and which will not appear on UK radio, at least not on the BBC. And that is a long-winded way to introduce Mr K.
As you will see from his website, he is currently on tour, and has also been around for sometime. Some of his songs do seem gratuitously obscene, but both The Barry George Song and his recent tribute to the late and increasingly unlamented Jimmy Savile are fine efforts.
He is of course far from the first to take this route; Ivor Biggun is still around, though Judge Dread is not, and of course Frank Zappa and many others on both sides of the Atlantic have used occasional or frequent obscenity to great or no effect for a long time before that.
Though buying or downloading Mr K's music may entertain you, there is a slight chance even in today's filth obsessed Britain that wearing one of his T-Shirts may get you arrested, so caveat emptor.