FINALLY, after many many years of silence, Gary Le Strange has got his elbows in
gear and released a proper single, available now for worldwide download on CD Baby,
iTunes and Amazon MP3. It is also available to listen to on Spotify and will soon
be appearing on a whole host of other online shops, mobile apps and internet radio
Titled Norman (I've Dropped My Cup of Tea), it details the plight of a hapless pop
star who has managed to drop his favourite cup of tea, and his increasingly desperate
pleas to the listener to help him rescue it from oblivion. With its emphasis on Britishness,
beverages, time travel and sado-masochistic roleplay, it is the perfect holiday gift
for people called Norman and an obvious contender for the first ever global Christmas
Thanks to a long-running dispute between Gary and his financial advisers, there are
TWO VERSIONS of this single available: the original mix, and the marginally shorter,
but no less weird, radio-friendly edit, which omits one or two potentially troubling
words and concepts and replaces them with slightly less troubling words and concepts.
Which version you prefer depends on what you think of when you hear the word 'Daddy'
and the limits of what you believe can be drawn onto carpets. If neither of these
things sound remotely relevant and your wallet is a burden to you then it's probably
best you buy both.