- I'm a Rooker (2:09)
- Budgie and the Jets (3:58)
- Country and Western Town (3:40)
- Ballad of and MCP (2:20)
- Father's Son (3:01)
- White Cortina (3:28)
- Bakgat Boogie (2:24)
- Cowboy (2:10)
- Suburban Dream (3:20)
- Barman (Turn up the News) (5:58)
- Oh Carol (2:25)
- Hekke van Paradise (5:10)
All lyrics and music by David Kramer, except 'Oh Carol' by Neil Sedaka
Produced by Paddy Lee Thorp and David Kramer
Engineered by Jerry Barnard at B&S Studios, Cape Town
- The Main Breker: David Kramer
- The Jollers:Phil Smiedt, Brian Sepel, Malcolm Cassisa, Rob Bevan
- The Jivers:Paul Greef, Murray Stewart, Jerry Barnard, Marc Maingardt, Jonathan Hopper, Marc Wallis, Dezi Ray, Eileen Butler
1982, Mountain Records (MOULP (L)15)
Review:After the runaway success of "Hak Hom Blokkies" where was the Boland Bopperto go? Why back to the dorps of 50's South Africa where jollers and jiverscruised the streets in their Ford Cortinas. Where Ruk 'n Pluk (Rock 'nRoll) was king. For those of you who were put off by the Boere-musiek styleof "Blokkies" you'll be pleased to know that there's not an accordian insight on this record.
It is a record steeped in nostalgia, at times bordering on melancholic depression. However there are enough uplifting songs to offset the more sombre ones. There is pure Rock 'n Roll ("Budgie & the Jets" and "BakgatBoogie"), some Country and Western ("Country & Western Town" & "Barman")and some pure pop ditties ("Ballad of an MCP" and "Suburban Dream").There's even a take on the high octane rock of Meatloaf with "Father's Son".
As always with Kramer, the lyrics are astute. He probably had to have histongue surgically removed from his cheek after lines like "a woman if she'smarried should never wear the pants/ her duty's to her husband and pickingup his skants" from "Ballad of an MCP". However my favourite rhymingcouplet comes from "Suburban Dream" is which he describes part of his housein Marais Road, Panorama with the line "The guttering is painted blue/ Andround the back there's a braaivleis plek/ for the girl there's a separateloo".
There's even space for a bit of kwela on "Cowboy" which pre-dates Mango Groove for the use of a penny whistle on a non-Irish "white" album.
The only throwaway song is a cover of Neil Sedaka's "Oh Carol" (Oh KÍrel?)sung in the veldskoened one's best Seth Efrikun eksent, and doesn't addanything to the album.
He may never regain the dizzy commercial heights he reached with "Hak HomBlokkies" but he has certainly supassed it, musically with this blast fromthe past serving of pure Boere Bop. So put aside any Blokkies tainted viewof Kramer and listen to him at his best.
(John Samson - SA Rockdigest #85, November 2000)
Webpage: David Kramer
All info supplied by John Samson, April 2002.
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