ANDREA TICH – “MASTURBATI” (1978)
Back in 2007, salve Mutant Sounds listed this one, case calling it “Zappa-esque” — and while normally that’s a 100% complete turnoff for this humble record listener, story I decided to give it a spin anyway, as the cover art made it seem more charming than the average shat-out slab of Zappa’s forced “wackiness”. While there is a twinge of Zappa’s later ’70s stuff in the tone of the album, it’s closer to the playfulness of 10CC’s stuff from the period than anything else — but it’s still quite its own off-kilter, sometimes-funky, sometimes-somber thing.
According to the Italian music website Orrore A 33 Giri, this is Tich’s debut album — and pretty much his only solo album, as it was not a hit upon its original release. The site also compares it to both Zappa and Syd Barrett (a musical touchstone referenced in about one-third of all album reviews throughout human history at this point, so it’s difficult to take it that seriously whenever a mention of his brief sound appears in print.)
Apparently, the lyrics frequently touch on homosexuality, a then-still-very-taboo subject in Italian mainstream society.