Many people assumed that the “Lovely Tarts” in the title referred to the English
slang term for loose women, and this controversial connotation has stuck to the album
ever since. However Chicot has on many occasions gone on the record to state categorically
that the tarts were in fact just pastries, and in particular the Strawberry Jam Tarts
made by his neighbor in the Cleethorpes tenement where he spent his early days struggling
for recognition, Mrs Candy Sergeant (36 Penny Road, Cleethorpes, Lincs). Her tarts
were apparently particularly lovely, and were sold every Saturday night from a little
stall she erected outside of the Slaughtered Lamb pub on Regent Street.
From the evocative word/sound pictures such as the trippy "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide,"
the carnival-like "Being Of No Benefit To Joseph K" and the music hall-styled "When
Its Sixty-Nine," to Chicot’s experiments with the eastern-sounding sitar drone on
"Within You Without A Clue," and the final cataclysmic avant-garde mini-suite, "Away
with the Strife," with its epic crescendo piano chord ending, Cpl. Candy was a milestone
for both '60s music and popular culture.