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3.94 | 4 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1988

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Living It Down
2. In The Green
3. Roll The Bodies Over
4. Bone
5. Eager Bereaver (U.K. only track)
5. Buffalo (U.S. only track)**
6. Chaos
7. Alcohol
8. Charlton Heston*
9. Heartache
10. Doctor (A Visit To The)
11. A Fierce Pancake
12. Boggy Home

Line-up / Musicians

- Mick Lynch / vocals
- Kev Hopper / bass
- Chris Salmon / guitar
- Rob McKahey / drums

Releases information

1988 Ensign Records Limited
LP U.S. BFV41641
CD U.K. CCD 1641
CD U.S. VK 41641 / DIDX 3007

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STUMP A Fierce Pancake ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars When bassist Kev Hopper joined up with guitarist Chris Salmon to form Stump, he was looking to create something unconventional. In his words: "I originally had in mind a band that would play a cross between 'Suction Prints' by Captain Beefheart and 'DMZ' by Brand X ? splintered structures and dissonant harmonics - combined with a post-punk flavour a singer might bring."

I think he succeeded.

Structurally, the songs are fairly simple. The time signatures stay almost exclusively in 4/4, and the song format is very close to the standard pop verse/chorus/break standard. But Hopper's bass, very similar to Percy Jones' style, with a lot of mandolin-style fast plucking, and McKahey's angular, dissonant guitar licks elevate them to art-rock status.

Lyrically they are interesting as well, tackling themes from the power of money, alcoholism, and even big bottoms with delightfully ascerbic sarcasm.

Highlights are Chaos, a jolly sea chanty, Charlton Heston, which is filled with wordplay relating to one of the man's most famous movie roles, and Doctor (A Visit To The), with cool stream of consciousness lyrics.

Unfortunately, pressure to change their style to something more commercial caused this fine group to disband after only one full lenght album.

Oh well.

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4 stars I came across a pristine vinyl copy of A Fierce Pancake by Stump at an antique shop in New Ulm Minnesota. How did it get there? Who bought it in 1988, listened to it once and decided 25 years later they didn't like it? It's been out of print since the '80's. It's still in the plastic! My first ... (read more)

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