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Sniffing around the likes of 'Love Is The Law', 'Whatever Happened To' and 'Happy Town' you get the feeling that Harvey's Rabbit are thoroughly enjoying their role as mature miserable buggers, but would never admit to it in public. Equally, just as Babybird once declared himself to be too handsome to be homeless, you get the not-so-sneaking suspicion that, fundamentally, Harvey's Rabbit are way too amiable to ever be famous.
And then they launch into the nine-and-half-minute distressed melodrama of 'Blue Cat Cafi', the majority of which appears to consist of a decidedly amorous America-mungous axe solo which heaves like so much Carry On cleavage. And you think, 'Oh, so they are big flashypants show-offs after all, then'...
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