This Hour (4:05) Written August 1980 (35th
anniversary of Hiroshima). Lyrics are older. Usual depression
guff. A bit clumsy, but can attain a certain power.
What Do I Want? (4:22)
Bedroom (2:34) Short and to the point.
Title sums up the theme. A very “constructed” song; also very “nice”
(as in Michael Crawford, some might suggest). Written there in August
Grow Up (3:25) “A problem with this new scheme/Is
answering obscene phone calls...” Very pseudy, given a complete overhaul
from its original version. A bit boring in places, I’ll admit...
Red Capital Letters (3:19) My own personal
fave. Written without a guitar in September 1981. Everyone
who hears this goes away with it in their head and I catch them humming
it all the time.
Chapter Three (5:04)
Breakfast In Bed (5:38) Ah, the classic.
Hits most people where it hurts. Lyrics mine from August 1981: optimism
is viable. Backlash for Ashdownian Joy Div obsession. Break
and ending are added bonuses to the lazy feel of the... Aw, I just love
Exposed (6:02) Developed from a riff we came
up with over summer 1981; even Henry liked it. Lyrics by ken, originally
about scenes inspired by listening to Joy Division’s Love Will Tear
Us Apart. JD-type driving bass riff and really catchy guitar.
Watching (2:13) The only one we actually sat
down and forged between us. His lyrics about conservatism, I suppose.
Poppy as hell, loved by some... Written November 1981.
Chivalry (4:42) Ken and his girlfriend love
this ’un. I’ll give him credit for a brilliant bass line. Lyrics
mine about Lovelacean separation of lust ’n’ love. I’ve grown out
of ’em. Probably would be the A-side of any single... June
Notes by Stephen Lamont for original 1982 release and from private
correspondence. That release originally included a live recording
from the Cat’s Paw, Montréal, 25 June 1982; this has proved impossible
to restore. Frankly, it was shite to begin with.
This Hour (4:59)
Grow Up (4:54)
68 (6:22) Title is about a bus. Written
May 1982 concerning a trip I took downtown to buy an amplifier and imagining
the bus crashed. Hear A Figure Walks from the Fall’s Dragnet
album (and the middle eight is The Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry, I know).
Keel Haul (3:41) Lyrics about education = ham-fisted
way of showing love. Very rocky (just to keep my hand in, probably).
Has all sorts of weird rhythm changes around the chorus. See The
Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser and it should be clearer.
Antwerp (6:02) Lyrics from August 1981.
Everybody has one political song lurking within them. Socialist only
by heart, I wrote this in the early hours of the morning. Antwerp:
birthplace of modern capitalism, richest city in Europe in 1550.
Starts off with false WW1 “plucky city” beginning. A bit boring too...
What Do I Want? (4:18)
THE SABRINA TAPES
1983 sessions with vocalist SABRINA
This Hour (4:46)
Grow Up (4:30)
Red Capital Letters (3:26)
Breakfast In Bed (4:09)
Keel Haul (3:10)
Cool And Laughing (4:17)
I Before E (2:38)