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QUANDO QUANGO (Buy CDs by this artist)
Pigs + Battleships (Factory) 1985

A masterful assortment of big-beat grooves helped make this Anglo-Dutch quartet popular on dancefloors (if not record stores) on both sides of the Atlantic. Latin and jazz-tinged funk shares the spotlight with reggaefied disco; orchestration is primarily busy percussion beneath bass, keyboards and horns, with mostly tuneless, chanted vocals of lyrics that aren't exactly poetry. Playing and production are uniformly sharp, but Quando Quango was best served by 12-inch dance mixes; an entire LP's worth becomes redundant and forgettable.

[David Sheridan]