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"Fred's third LP for the US label Ralph Records, back in 1983, was a collection of gloriously direct pop songs, recorded on a four-track home studio system. Fred played almost all of the instruments: guitar, six string bass, Casio 101 keyboard, violin, xylophone, and home mades. There are some great production ideas, with intrusive samples (Ronald Reagan appears in a memorable moment), and guitars snaking, bending and sliding around the mix. It's quite extraordinary, given the sound quality and the vibrancy of the production ideas, that this was recorded on a four-track recorder. There are influences from European café music (the inspired electronic doodling of ZNR springs to mind), and Frank Zappa, East European traditional music, Cajun, and....er...Sting and the novelty singles of The Flying Lizards all make themselves felt. Fred is joined for cameos on bass by Bill Laswell and Tina Curren, and Hans Bruinnsson provides some great drum samples. The album caused ripples in the 'progressive music snob' circuit at the time, for its apparent simplicity. With the benefit of hindsight, Fred really captured something with his popularisation of sometimes excessively elitist po-faced avant-garde music."