Chew Bastille Relevance
Cemental Health Records EEG02
Forged in the smithy of my soul (itís a joke! Itís a joke!).
Recorded at Ghetto, December 1982ĖFebruary 1983 except where noted;
Surprise, surprise: cover photo by Ian Shuttleworth.
Thanks again to Steve there and Steve here for faith,
A way a lone a last a loved a long the
Ian Shuttleworth plays a second-hand bass guitar (fairly well), a second-hand synthesizer (adequately) and a very cheap electric guitar (tolerably), and sings (appallingly). The rhythms come from a Casio VL-1. Rhythms and vocals have occasionally been treated with the synthesizer and a senile musicentre.
Once upon a time I intended to make a cassette album of my songs from the period autumn 1979Ėsummer 1981, to be entitled Tube-Steel Elephants. Then I got fed up with the songs and moved on to instrumentals, the first tentative stabs [sic] at which can be heard on Lovemaking In Irish £200 Damages (EEG01), the later (i.e. listenable) Roy Watson tracks on The Twinkie Plea (EEG05). My subsequent musical potterings developed into a programme of salvaging some of the songs, which appear here thoroughly maryrosified. Also included are one early and two recent instrumentals, and the only song Iíve written in 18 months, hence the modified title. A couple of the songs were the result of an acute overdose of Talking Headsí Remain In Light, and are fairly parodic; the rest are, as Martin Fry of ABC would say, ďtorn from the events of my personal life away from the glare of publicityĒ, and are therefore probably even funnier.
The tracks are linked by excerpts from the soundtrack of John Carpenterís
film Dark Star.