Interplanetary Class Classics
It’s not every day you encounter a lead singer with meaty cold cuts on his face and a bracelet carved from a loaf of bread around his wrist, but then Johnny Rocket is not your average frontman. A “dutiful masochist and world ranking narcissist”, Rocket is the deviant alter ego of Fat White Family’s Lias Saoudi; he’s also the eccentric, somewhat food-obsessed frontman (in one video he’s wearing a basque made from cling film and two strategically placed fried eggs) of The Moonlandingz, a semi-fictional band brought to life by members of experimental British electro outfit Eccentronic Research Council along with Saoudi and his filthy-punk bandmate Saul Adamczewski. Much more than a part-time side project, The Moonlandingz have created a punchy psychedelic glam-synth classic that sounds like it was born in a horror disco funfair in the distant future. With guest appearances by Yoko Ono, Phil Oakey and the cowboy from the Village People (yes, really), ICC bristles with Saoudi’s feral energy and contagious cosmic melodies that are the lewd antidote to a pop world dominated by the likes of Ed Sheeran.