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DUFFO (Buy CDs by this artist)
Duffo (UK Beggars Banquet) 1979
The Disappearing Boy (UK PVK) 1980
Bob the Birdman (UK PVK) 1981

Australian oddball Duffo — a wan-looking androgynous waif — relocated to the UK before finding a record company that would sign him. A good move, since he proved to be a witty writer/singer (if a bit smutty at times), poking impish fun at the music industry and other targets. His eponymous first album, which bears the legend "Maybe god's a genius too!," has hints of the Bonzos, Bowie (in his guise as Anthony Newley), Tubes and Kinks. Duffo sings well and invests the entire disc with a self-deprecating sense of absurdity. A facile backing quartet follows him neatly into a variety of musical styles to support the diverse songs.

[Ira Robbins]