Kingmaker’s second EP and a real scorcher. The opening track When Lucy’s Down was played consistently at the local indie disco every Saturday from it’s release until 1995. It is a classic tune and it would be in my top ten tracks to get dancing to. I first heard the song at the indie disco and had no idea it was Kingmaker. In the days before Shazam and the Internet if you did not know what the song was you had to ask the DJ, which I did. So looking seriously uncool I asked, “Who’s this?”
High as a Kite is one of Kingmaker’s longer songs at just over 6 minutes. It goes through may phases and ultimately builds up to a crescendo at the end. With Loz Hardy’s signature cathartic vocals, really add to gritty urgency of the song.
The rest of the EP utilises Loz’s energetic vocal style and sounds not too unlike the Wonderstuff. They did tour with the Stuffies and Miles Hunt did provide the backing vocals on Really Scrape the Sky. One last fact, when I saw Kingmaker in 1991 at the Joiners, Southampton. Drummer John Andrew was sporting a mohawk haircut, this was really rare in the nineties.
When Lucy’s Down
High As A Kite
Where You Stand
Join The Human Race