I was droning on the other day about how I had finally tracked down a copy of Lord Melody's "Salt 'n Pepper" album after twenty years or more of searching. I had been looking for almost as long for a replacement to my long defunct copy of "Nearly A Sin", the 1984 album by One The Juggler. Well, you'll never guess what has happened...
There are plenty of groups who sound better on paper than they do in reality, but with the Jugglers it was the other way round. They looked ridiculous, as the photo shows; they gave themselves names like Rocco and Lushi; and, as you will already have spotted, they were called One The Juggler. They probably had a "manifesto" as well. It was the sort of things glammed up pretend gypsies did in those days.
And yet somehow it worked. Listening to "Nearly A Sin" all the way through for the first time in many a year was not the disappointment I had feared it would be. Yes, the influences are all too clear - Bowie mostly - and occasionally it is a little bit derivative. But fundamentally it is a bloody good record.
"Passion Killer" - One The Juggler
"Blind Old Senator" - One The Juggler