Peter Cook (with help from Not the Nine O’Clock News writer and BritComedy kingpin John Lloyd) produced this album in 1979, a look into the astoundingly lurid trial of Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe. For non-UK readers, here’s a primer. A powerful politician! An old gay lover! Threats! Recrimination! Blackmail! An antique gun dealer! A disused mine shaft! A dead dog! And possibly the most egregiously biased summing-up from a judge in the history of funny wigs. It’s very topical, but the standout bits, “Entirely a Matter for You” and “Rad Job”, will stay timely forever. (Note: the last track on the album, “Rad Job”, which takes the form of a taped phone call, ends with a fast tape-wind. I slowed down that tape-wind to regular speed, and include it here as a bonus track.)
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