Cemental Health Records EEG14
All tracks written by Ian Shuttleworth, © control Anal Memoranda,
except Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts Bob Dylan, Ramís
Recorded December 1983ĖApril 1984 and mastered April 1984
at Ghetto and the Winter Headquarters.
Produced, engineered and mastered by Ian Shuttleworth, assisted by
except where noted elsewhere.
Digitally remastered November 2004.
Thanks to Ian for knobs and Eoin for thumps (a rare treat),
and again to the ever-increasing ranks of the toxic toxophilists.
Who broke my art? You did, you did...
Cover: The Fool (Key 0) and Force (Key XI) (inverted) from the Tarot
This title (P) 1984, 2004 Cemental Health Records.
NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND
Another year, another mental instability... The interval between
Day, Another Dolour (EEG09) and this has been taken up with continental
and transatlantic junketing, fraternising with blind oarsmen, several unrequited
loves, and worry. An uncertain proportion of which manifests itself
Ardent followers of the Shuttleworth musical odyssey will notice that
this artefact includes an unusually large amount of guitar work; in other
words, the ladís discovered a few more open tunings. Comment might
also be aroused by the number of titles, to wit, five. Its all done
with mirrors, really. The long-awaited thirty-minute treatment of
interpersonal barrenness turns out in fact to be half a dozen pieces seguéd.
It also, by the way, includes three tunes and a lyric originally intended
for the Tube-Steel Elephants collection. Their inclusion here
is by way of, hopefully, laying a few ghosts for good and all. God
only knows what Iíll do for the next album, though.
The Shuttleworth arsenal on this outing comprised electric guitar, bass
guitar, synthesizer, percussion, tapes and autonomous larynx. It
was kindly augmented to the extent of another synth and various devices
by Iain Walker, who moreover occasionally utters. Also appearing
are John Catherwood (bodhran and fife on Imam?), Eoin Patterson
(drums and percussion on Key Zero; for this relief, much thanks)
and Mark Gilliland (guitar on the demo of Stung).
What are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do now? What
are we gonna do now?...
Concussion (7:57): It can be quite worrying
when your best work seems to consist entirely of pisstakes. Everything
on here, from the cobblerís last to the quarter-tone-flat guitar break,
was painstakingly mapped out in advance to sound mucho Mancunian.
Rob very upset.
Imam? (6:41): This track and album are named
in honour of Mr Munro Price of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge,
whose vocal phenomena were to have graced them. Unfortunately I couldnít
get it together in time, so youíll have to settle for the dubious assortment
offered up in his stead.
Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts (8:55):
Dylanís supreme narrative work, which has occupied a special place in my
affections for some time now. If this encourages just one person
to investigate the superb Blood On The Tracks album, then Iíll emerge
with a great deal of egg on my face.
Almost In Shape (4:09): Sounds deceptively
upful; in essence a nod to the hoary old myth of universal unbelonging.
Actually, Iím very fond of the building with the blue reflective windows.
Another song which absolutely refused to let itself be recorded so as to
give the overall sound Iíd intended.
Key Zero (i): theme (6:57): The beginning Ė
concise statement of theme, introduction of leitmotiv and amidst all the
1979ery another Julian Cope brass line.
Key Zero (ii): Stung (3:14): How an
original guitar riff by Mark Gilliland could end up sounding like Devo
after a night on the tiles I canít conceive. Donít stand...
Key Zero (iii): version (4:16): A thoroughly
unpleasant episode, relieved only when a fleet of ice-cream vans attack
Darth Vaderís Death Star. Formerly contained the word ďJahĒ 44 times.
Key Zero (iv): spoken (5:22): A 1982 re-recording
of Out Of The Bottle from the Lovemaking curio (EEG01)
with an ill-advised attempt to sound like Howard Devoto on Magazine B-side
Key Zero (v): palinode (4:03): Any song that
begins by quoting The Hunting Of The Snark and ends with Equus
have something going for it. Writ-servers, probably.
Key Zero (vi): coda (4:48): In which I.S. pokes
his left shoulder out the neckhole of his black T-shirt and sprains something.
Stung [1981 demo] (1:34)
Imam? part ii [instrumental version]