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King Rocker

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  • Music

Summary

Comedian Stewart Lee and director Michael Cumming investigate how Prefects and Nightingales frontman Robert Lloyd has survived under the musical radar for more than four decades. Featuring contributions from John Peel, Frank Skinner, Nigel Slater, Robin Askwith, Samira Ahmed, Gina Birch, Marc Riley, John Taylor, Paul Morley and Kevin Eldon.

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Review

Well played Sky Arts for showing this low-budget music doc about post-punk/indie veteran Robert Lloyd. Back in the 80s, Lloyd’s band the Nightingales were darlings of the John Peel show. They’re still going, with Marc Riley now carrying their torch on 6 Music. At their best, the band (described by John Robb as “the misfits’ misfits”) are at once languid and angular, with a tension that sounds like they’re being pulled apart and pushed together simultaneously. 

Niche, it may be, but the film’s contributor list throws up some surprises — see if you can spot Nigel Slater, Robin Askwith and Samira Ahmed. Ultimately, however, Lloyd’s chemistry with its presenter Stewart Lee is the cornerstone of its charm. 

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