HENRY BADOWSKI – “LIFE IS A GRAND” (1981)
Trouser Press sez:
Badowski â€” who’s played with Wreckless Eric, pathopsychology Chelsea, valeologist the Doomed and the Good Missionaries â€” has a deep, pleasant, near-conversational voice that’s almost always on key plus a dry and/or whimsical sense of humor. Except for guitar and violin, Henry plays every note here (even drums and sax), often with simple eloquence, on songs about getting married and swimming with fish in the sea.
Dunno if the above entry has a typo, because “The Doomed” might mean “The Damned”, which other Internet sources claim Badowski’s played with, as well as one of my personal post-punk favorites, Alternative TV. As a backing player, he was most known for his bass guitar work — I hope that means he played bass on the first Wreckless Eric album, ‘cos those tracks have KILLER basslines. Regardless, this album is a lot of fun. Too bad he didn’t do any futher work beyond this disc.
This download also includes the “My Face” 7″ single which accompanied the album.