Go-Kart Mozart (Felt / Denim) – LIVE
It’s taken a while, given that he is 56 and yet to break out of cult stardom, but the time of Lawrence is finally arriving. This Birmingham iconoclast set the template for tasteful indie pop with the dreamlike, serious-minded band Felt, who released an album a year throughout the 80s. Then he took something of a U-turn and embraced 1970s pop kitsch with Denim, who almost had a hit in 1997 with the single Summer Smash until Princess Diana died in a car crash and the label melted all remaining copies. Go-Kart Mozart was Lawrence’s response to such terrible luck; a “B-side band”, in his words, who abandoned all hope of commercial success with chirpy songs about poverty, drug addiction and despair. After all these years, however, Lawrence’s originality and humour is finally connecting.