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Who is Vinny Peculiar?

Vinny PeculiarVINNY PECULIAR aka Alan Wilkes is a Manchester based singer-songwriter and poet. He’s released nine albums of lyrical art-pop music to considerable critical acclaim, created SOUP ART with Bill Drummond [KLF, The 17], collaborated with Luke Haines [The Auteurs] and opened for Edwyn Collins, British Sea Power and The Killers. His various bands have included ex members of The Smiths, The Fall, Aztec Camera & OASIS. His recent project PARLOUR FLAMES is collaboration with ex OASIS guitarist Bonehead, their eponymously titled Cherry Red debut album was released May 2013.

NEW ALBUM RELEASE Feb 2014
Title ‘THE ROOT MULL AFFECT’
CHERRY RED RECORDS

A new VINNY PECULIAR 15 track retrospective album ‘THE ROOT MULL AFFECT’, will be released by Cherry Red in Feb 2014. The album is a wonderful introduction to the back catalogue, with remixes and bonus tracks. The new album proper is due in summer [2014].

Rolling Stone Magazine said…

‘Vinny’s kitchen sink confessional style of writing is often described as quintessentially English – ‘homespun tunesmithery in the Robyn Hitchcock/Martin Newell vain –wry nostalgia, witty wordplay’

This Edinburgh festival 2010 review sums things up nicely…

‘With his flat cap, florid blouse and fidgety nervous energy pitched somewhere between Andy Warhol and Jarvis Cocker, there’s an anarchic elegance to Vinny Peculiar which is both at once both thrilling and faintly unsettling. Storming through a set of oblique, tortured punk poetry, he wins over an initially skeptical crowd with his animated delivery and taut, frenetic pop hooks. Channeling all that eccentricity and barbed wit into something strangely compelling Vinny Peculiar is the sort of unlikely, heroic pop star they just don’t seem to make anymore’. *****

‘If Tony Hancock had made pop records they would have sounded like this’ UNCUT MAGAZINE

‘Imagine a surreal episode of My Two Dads where said fathers are Jarvis Cocker and David Bowie, who bully their child into liking them and everything they like, like glam stomp, kitchen sink vignettes, mordantly witty lyrics, nostalgia, dreams and a sneer, and you‘re ready for Vinny Peculiar, Manchester’s premier forward thinking backward looking song smith’ W&H

Sounding like Vic Chessnut tooled up for an armed robbery’ Irish Times

‘A treasure trove of timeless pop brilliance’ The Big issue

‘Honest, witty, incomparably savvy about pop culture, Vinny’s songs make you smile and for the duration of three minutes plus, they manage to make the world a better place.’ City Life

‘Vinny Peculiar is all about the words. Looking (and singing a bit) like Elvis Costello in wig and baseball cap, it’s hard to work out what’s more entertaining – the story-cum-songs or the preceding self-deprecating monologues. Clutching his guitar, he gyrates and jack-knifes round the stage like a busker desperate for 20p to get into the tube station toilets. Endearing and irreverent’ MEN LIVE reviews

‘Vinny’s songs, a beautiful blend of Americana, indie-pop and busker-punk, create an almost George Formby-like world of oddity and human frailty, and the self-deprecating veracity of his lyrics never fails to hit the intended spot’ True Love MAGAZINE ***

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