Pinky Beecroft and the White Russians – ‘Fabulous Driving’
If you think you knew Pinky Beecroft, it might be time to re-evaluate your preconceptions. For better or worse, his new material sounds nothing like Machine Gun Fellatio – free from the constraints of the ‘quirky’ pop image to which he was once forced to pander, Beecroft has moved to produce the most affecting and beautiful music of his career.
His debut album with the White Russians retains his dry sense of humour but appropriates it to more mature compositions and lyrical narratives.
‘Fabulous Driving’ is a piano-driven ballad that reminds listeners what a great voice Beecroft always had beneath the spandex and ridiculous glasses. It’ simple, fragile, and the bare arrangement is fleshed out by an understated, sombre tone.
The only thing as good as discovering an artist with this king of talent is rediscovering an artist who you never knew had it in them. (Then again, he is credited as co-writer on ‘No Aphrodisiac’ – though the merit therein is almost as subjective as his involvement with MGF).