THE BEGINNING

The former Moldy Peaches man brings his infectious show to the Standon Calling festival.

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Adam Green @ Standon Calling, Hertfordshire, Saturday 30 July

You have to credit Adam Green’s commitment. It’s one thing to have harebrained ideas, it’s another thing to have the conviction and commitment to go through with them.

On paper Adam Green’s Aladdin sounds like a stoned conversation that’s forgotten by morning. But somehow it came to life. Written, directed and starring the former Moldy Peaches man, the film, released earlier this year, is a recreation of the classic story presented in a setting made from luminous Papier-mâché and featuring Macaulay Culkin and eccentric socialite Boom Bip. It’s very DIY, reliably weird, but also, inarguably imaginative. To put it another way, with some acrylic paint and glue he’s made a better film than Suicide Squad managed and, as a surreal piece of art, it deserves a bigger audience than it’s currently reached.

Green also wrote and recorded the film’s amusing, peculiar and oddly touching soundtrack. Since its release at the start of the summer he’s been performing, as Aladdin at shows and festivals.

Tonight, as it reaches almost midnight, Green takes to the Laundry stage – an intimate space fashioned from huge white sheets – wearing a burgundy fez, unbuttoned shirt and waistcoat. His backing band are the French group Coming Soon, doing their bit for the spectacle by sporting straw boater hats and flamboyant shirts. It’s a colourful display.

There’s a grin permanently painted across his face. He hangs over the barrier, points a broken finger at the crowd and shimmies sideways across the stage like a crab. The songs from ‘Aladdin’ are classic Green, too. Crude, funny, charming, sometimes rollicking, sometimes touching. From the ‘Fix Me Blues’ to the sweet ‘Never Lift A Finger’. There’s something for the Moldy Peaches fans, too, a version of ‘Who’s Got The Crack’.

“Standon is my favourit city,” he says cheekily, probably unsure of exactly where he is.

“This is a song I like to play called ‘Drugs’,” he says, before jumping into the crowd for the track taken from his ‘Jacket Full of Danger’ album. He closes with ‘Dance With Me’, hopping on one leg before sweeping himself through a backstage curtain as the band create a noisey climax.

It’s a surreal, silly and infectious show, but then that’s Adam Green.

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