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Music : Are you Experienced?; THE CLINT BOON EXPERIENCE.

Clint Boon, the godfather of Madchester, gave Noel Gallagher his first job (roadie for The Inspiral Carpets), made bovines cool (those cow T-shirts) and took the world on some truly joyous musical trips (Caravan, Draggin' Me Down).

He has enjoyed a perversely eclectic career ever since, mixing DJ'ing, a spot of telly presenting and now fronting the Clint Boon Experience.

The current CBX album, The Compact Guide To Pop Music & Space Travel, is full of anthemic, silly-smile-on-the-face ditties which deserves a much bigger audience.

"I wrote the songs over the last few years and there's a recurring theme which is triumph over adversity," says Boon. "I'm proud of them."

Best of the new bunch of tunes include Comet Theme Number One and the perfectly entitled Can't Keep A Good Man Down. And live the CBX is part rock 'n' roll show, part comedy routine, ensuring our man's place in pop's very British pantheon of oddballs.

But beware of the new moose head Cooler Than F*** T-shirts - a recent punter got his confiscated by the Plod for being offensive. Very rock 'n' roll.

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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Wallace, Richard
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 11, 2000
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