Deep Purple Bananas (EMI) Even Spinal Tap had the taste to put the suggestive edibles down their pants. Deep Purple prefer their saucy symbols on the album cover, piled into a mountain, highlighting the awesome sexuality of a 35-year-old outfit that has sold more than 100 million albums. Singer Ian Gillan, 58, told the Deep Purple Appreciation Society that the cover image of Vietnamese men had inspired him call the album Bananas. 'It makes you think about all kinds of things to do with ... how much this guy got paid - I don't know, maybe one penny or so and everybody's making a profit off him. It's a Third World thing and bananas also means 'crazy'. Then there's this GM issue, which is coming up. Genetically modified ... It opens so many avenues. It's just one word.' Quite. Perhaps he should just let his art do the explaining. 'It's a matter of distinction, a real fine line, between an orgy of destruction and a wonderful time,' he sings on Razzle Dazzle. Or perhaps we should stick to the music. This is the third album in the age of guitarist and former airline pilot Steve Morse. The deepest of purple prose might also call it the dawn of a new area, with the addition of keyboardist Don Airey. It's doubtful either new boy was charged with finding a fresh direction for DP. The band's best asset is their trend-defiant devotion to heavy rock. You might dislike its monotony, but you can't deny they had a hand in creating the template. As Gillan offers on Walk On: 'If you don't like what you see/ If you can do better than me/ Walk on'.