Amateur Transplants is fronted by London-based, British comedian, Adam Kay who specialises in musical parodies. For several years, he was accompanied by Dr. Suman Biswas. Amateur Transplants came to prominence in 2005 with a song about the London Underground, parodying the Jam song "Going Underground". They regularly perform live, and have been recommended by Time Out, including several successful years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Their music consists mainly of parody comic songs mostly dealing with medical subjects. A few of their parodies are based on the works of American comedic songwriter Tom Lehrer. They have performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe every year since 2005 and Adam Kay performed at Latitude 2012. Ten percent of their sales, and all proceeds from the London Underground Song are donated to Macmillan Cancer Relief.
Both Adam Kay and Suman Biswas studied medicine at Imperial College London. Their songs "Snippets" and "Careless Surgeon" ridicule those who study medicine at rival London medical schools King's College London and Barts and the London respectively. The final song of their first album "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" ridicules most of the other London medical schools.
The band's official website has stated that "Locum Amateur Transplant Suman Biswas appeared with Adam for a few years, but is now back to healing the sick and lame". Biswas works full-time in the NHS as a fully-fledged anaesthetist and in 2013 released a solo album entitled "Still Alive after Amateur Transplants".
This CD contains comedy parodies of various songs, with a medical slant in the parodied lyrics, written and performed by classically trained piano-playing practising doctors, with the profits from the sales going entirely to (medical research) charity. What more could a well-rounded human being want?
Pretty much everything here is gold - Kaye and Biswas are both witty, as well as doctors - but particularly brilliant are the opening super-drug anthem "Paracetamoxyfrusebendroneomycin", various of the "Snippets" (lyrics about being quadraplegic to the tune of the Wizard of Oz' Scarecrow's song? liver cancer ditties sung to Coldplay's "Yellow"? yes, please), and the lung-busting updated Gilbert and Sullivan/Tom Lehrer patter song, "The Drugs Song". Comedy music albums don't get much better.
"Nothing at All" (3:58)
"Finals Countdown" (3:04)
"Your Baby" (3:03)
"Disney Time" (4:19)
"Eternal Clerking" (3:04)
"The Menstrual Rag" (1:57)
"London Underground" (1:57)
"Mr Burton" (2:55)
"Careless Surgeon" (3:04)
"Dorsal Horn Concerto" (2:41)
"The Drugs Song" (1:33)
"Always Look on the Bright Side" (3:03)
"A Letter to the Patient's GP Please, Angela" (1:47)
16. "Northern Birds" (3:40)
17. "What I went to SKL 4" (1:48)