Lovemaking In Irish
Cemental Health Records EEG01
All tracks © control Anal Memoranda.
Recorded at Ghetto, June 1980–January 1982 except where noted.
Digitally remastered October 2004.
Solo [original release never in fact named
at any point]
except where noted elsewhere.
Cover from a portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher by Albrecht
This title (P) 1982, 2004 Cemental Health Records.
Even an effort like this has people to thank. So...
Steve there, Steve here, Paul ’n’ Davy, Dai, even Marcus. Woody
Also A to L for more inspiration than you could ever have imagined
Don’t you wonder someti-i-imes...
I set out to make an album of my songs, but gradually lost interest
in them and turned instead to instrumentals; this is the result.
The first side is mainly to show that I can be as avant-garde as the
man; it’s not pretentious, because I don’t claim any merit for it,
being wonderfully effective for getting rid of unwanted guests.
pieces on the second side have more of a formal structure, though they
too were written as I played them. The two tracks with frivolous
titles exist solely because I thought those phrases were too good to
the other five relate to my ceaseless search for emotional fulfilment
Gawd, a concept album). I know the quality leaves a lot to be
which is why the whole enterprise is as non-profit-making as
The point is that if I can do it, anyone can; and if the wind’s blowing
in the right direction and the cassette machines decide to play at the
same speed the whole way through a track, I can just about do it.
National Panasonic musicentre SG1200L • Amstrad twin-deck radiocassette
(with dodgy motor, which is why the pitch sometimes varies a bit) 7090
• ITT radiocassette RC500 • Bush cassette recorder, model unknown •
portable B&W television • Marshall 30W Master Lead Combo • Hondo II
Strat copy with DiMarzio pickups (yeah, I know) • Shergold Marathon
guitar • Korg MS10 synthesizer • Newton’s cradle • Various tapes and
I shall now attempt to prevent my songs from decomposing where they
lie, and by the middle of the decade Tube-Steel Elephants
be available, the album that this ought to have been.
Theatre Nine (12:02): developed
One, title by Honest Rob. Tapes, radios, television, waxing,
bass, percussive bass, guitar (twice), voice (four times). Keneth
Young supplied three more voices and some matches. Words are from
journals, verses, signatures on a CND petition and an article by Keneth
in a Wisconsin high school newspaper.
Haetchblacks (0:52): tape,
recorded with failing
batteries from radio Éireann’s coverage of the 1981 elections:
with the mother of a newly elected hunger-striker T.D.
Repeat Massacre including Isolations,
Kraft durch Freude and Joker (15:49): original
recorded on St Val’s Day, 1981. Waxings, tapes, television,
Newton’s cradle, voice. Joker: bass and Honest Rob on
Title of Isolations from verses on the track, of Kraft
Freude from Mr Strong and Mr Happy, and of Joker from The
In The Pack (full version to appear on next product).
Before (4:17): synth only,
three or four tracks.
How do you relax prior to important meetings?
I Was Immoral, Says Linda Hargrove
only, five tracks. Title from the front-page headline on an edition of
Clive With A Spatula (1:16): synth
tracks. Title from one of Keneth’s anecdotes.
Matchpoint (3:54): synth only,
Ich Dien: my serve.
Anger Is Also A Form Of Homage (5:18):
only, five tracks. Title from A Portrait Of The Artist As A
Out Of The Bottle (6:13): synth
tracks. Title from a Zen Buddhist riddle about geese.
Twice In Footsteps (4:08): synth
tracks. Meanwhile, in the jungle next door...
Sellouts I–IV were my first instrumentals, omitted from
release partly because the sound quality is even more appalling than
of the other ’uns, partly because on them my total inability to play
is showcased. (The original demo of Sellout III can now
found on EEG09, which also boasts a
Lissingdown Salute (0:56)
Bonsoir Dublin / Sellout I (2:57)
Sellout II (2:36)
Sellout IV (3:37)
RADIO TIRANA live at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
11th December 1982:
intro / Maid Of Armenia (The Waltz Anger
Is Also A Form
Of Homage) (4:13)
Twice In Footsteps (2:34)