Penguins on the Moon

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Penguins on the Moon
Studio album by
ProducerAlex Dickson
Sack Trick chronology
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Penguins on the Moon is Sack Trick's second album which was produced, recorded and mixed by Alex Dickson. The album tells the tale of four lovable Penguin characters - The Captain, Alfredo and twins, Bob and Burt. Admirably performed by a variety of musicians with the main characters voiced by Chris Dale, Alex Dickson, Chris Nubile (Master Blaster/ Nubiles), Doogie White (Midnight Blue/Rainbow/Yngwie Malmsteen) with cameo's from Vision (Machine) and David Ryder-Prangley (Rachel Stamp). Dickson's production work is commendable and on tracks such as "The Landing", "Aliens" - with the vocals virtually performed by Dickson alone and "The Captain's Doubt" he demonstrates an intelligent use of technology and instrumentation. There is plenty of scope for pure, unadulterated rock however. "Penguins on the moon", "All I Want Is Fish" and "Cheesy" reveal, aside from culinary interests, a superior musical talent on show. These songs are well written and very well performed with some very commendable sections that delight you sonically. "Antarctica", "A Lesson from History" and "Burts tale" are used to glue the story together, and on occasions to challenge Darwin himself for a, scarily plausible reason for the Penguin's bizarre choice of habitat. "Rainbow Trout" and "Microwave Sweetheart" reveal a more punky flavour and "We're on our way back" is a suitably anthemic album closer.

The album also contains a brief journey into the slightly twisted, but very rock, world of messers Dale and Dickson with a montage of outtakes, demos and on the Swedish Release "Black Version" Dale's signature tune "I Play Bass"; the English "Blue Version" is no less silly with appearances from Bruce Dickinson, Dickson's niece and a hilarious conversation about dinner arrangements.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Antarctica" – 0:49
  2. "Penguins on the Moon" – 3:47
  3. "A Lesson From History" – 1:59
  4. "Rainbow Trout (A Disaster Averted)" – 2:51
  5. "The Landing" – 1:29
  6. "Burt's Tale" – 1:30
  7. "Microwave Sweetheart" – 2:00
  8. "Cheesy" – 2:43
  9. "Aliens" – 3:29
  10. "All I Want Is Fish" – 3:23
  11. "The Captain's Doubts" – 3:00
  12. "We're on Our Way Back (To Live in the Snow)" – 3:58
  13. "Untitled" – 3:31
  14. "Out-Takes" – 20:45


"Obviously this is a work of utter genius, an instant classic." - Kerrang!
"This is shouty crackers...Sack Trick can dazzle you and mention Cheese-on-Toast in one fell pop swoop" - Metal Hammer
"Whether you regard them as nutcases or geniuses you can’t help but love them." - Powerplay
"Brilliantly conceived, brilliantly written and brilliantly performed" - Rock Sound