WTF003 - Ektar Resolution.
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Book One: The Big Fucking Brontosaurus
01 – Refraction.
Bit of a step forward this.
We'd both finished college at the same time (we'll forget about Coventry and Manchester for the time being) and I was staying chez Francais back in Pontywolfen until my job in Cardiff started. We were getting on each others nerves and writing a lot. This came out of that. Oh yeah – and having Will join.
02 – Glorious.
Sell out. Must be the single.
03 – Milky 4.
If songs got to be demos then we were taking them seriously in some way. Or thought they were funny enough to keep. You decide.
04 – (pages removed)
Neverwhere rocked like a bastard.
05 – Crazy Face.
The French had become chums with Maudlin 's guitarist Will. The two of them had hit it off – and it wasn't long before the French realised that an extra guitar would fill out the sound and give him the chance to show how he'd play Robert Smith on Stars in their Eyes or whatever that show was called. You know the one – Harry Hill played Morrisey. Tch. Have it your own way.
Will became pretty essential pretty quickly. It was great to have someone from outside the family in the band and he filled out conversations and laughed in the right places.
The lead wouldn't sit in the back of the drum machine properly so we'd often rely on a member of the audience helping out. It wasn't a long set so no-one suffered. We'd played a few gigs now where there hadn't been enough audience members to hold the lead in and the bar staff were too busy cleaning glasses and yacking about This Life to help out.
Will filled a vital role. Yes, he did.
06 – Strawdog.
This must be the last version.
07 – Shambling.
Another one that felt like a single and a sell-out. This was the first time I'd felt like I was getting better at hiding that I can't sing.
08 – Needleteeth.
09 – Big open spaces.
Much better than the last version.
10 – Promotional tool.
Something starts pulling together.
11 – Silver skin.
Babylon Zoo 's finest moment was noising up an advert for trousers.
12 – Everything.
Always the b-side and making its only appearance.
13 – (The Mercy Seat).
Mr Will's classic wine bottle solo remains far superior to James Page's larking around with violin bows. Originally by famous goths Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds .
14 – Song for Paterson Joseph.
We watched the whole of Neverwhere at least twice. He was on Casualty too. What a guy. Keeps getting suggested for the Doctor.
Remind me to tell you about the time I got in touch with his agent.
15 – Milky 5.
The ‘Plastik' mix, if you will.
16 – Sculpture.
About the best this ever sounded.
17 – (pages removed )
We didn't just watch Neverwhere and Doctor Who documentaries.
18 – (Lust for a vampire)
What a film. I fell in deep, enquenchable and eternal love with Yutte Stensgaard and she got this as a present. Kept forgetting to send it. Yutte was up for the part of Jo Grant at one point. Carnival of Monsters would've rocked like a boat.
Remind me to tell you about Junkhead and Paterson Joseph's agent. Remember, there's a test.
Book Two: Karaoke
01 - Identity, Jased.
‘Identity' is a very strange song. It's resistant to everything and, although there's a studio recording, no studio recording exists. WTF007 if you don't believe me. Third track.
Jase was on his way from the pub to bed and heading via Ektar Resolution. He grabbed a guitar and, in an energetic sense of ‘like this you idiot', added a solo.
At this stage we were still sequencing everything as far as backing tracks went. The day after this was recorded the sequencer crashed and wiped most of its hard drive. ‘Identity' was shattered into more fragments than Scaroth and only this recording, made as a safety during the playback right at the recording, survives.
02 - Song for Paterson Joseph.
The French would record the backing tracks, add guitar – sometimes Will too but not always – and then post tapes of these karaoke versions to me. I'd sit and listen to them over and over and work out where the gaps for the vocals were and then get the rhythm I was after and write like mad. It's odd what comes out when you do it like that. A lot of it seems to be stuff from a bit more underneath than's comfortable, and that makes it funnier.
03 - Red Mercury.
I'm not sure what happened with this one. I'd written lyrics for a song called ‘Red Mercury' about two years earlier and I think they were added to this – possibly to the point where it was played live. It must've been dropped quickly though. Seems odd now. I quite like it.
04 - The old grey barn.
This became/becomes ‘Too much'. The songs that'll survive to the end of Nameless are starting to stand out.
The old grey barn is of course the place that everyone in a Russian play goes to hang themselves in.
05 - Perfect couple.
The Cure 's Disintegration album is a masterpiece, as any fool can plainly see.
(Pause for response.)
The singles were all classics. Well, ‘Pictures of You' was a bit wet and on too many formats. I craved the US import conservationist-baiting longbox that had all four singles in it, so apart from that one. The extended mix of ‘Love Song' is wonderful (citation needed). There're a lot of memories connected to that album for me. I was at one of those points really. I'm sure I'm not the only one. So, the singles. Liked most of the mixes. Liked most of the b-sides. One especially. ‘Babble'. Yeah – that's a good un.
06 - Good consumer.
I sort of prefer this. More dub. Or something.
07 - Shambling.
Almost all of the old songs have at least one recording that was excellent but got wiped after one listen. For a while I was convinced that the French would do it on purpose. But why?
This one didn't get wiped and the one that did was better.
08 - Milky 6.
You see where we're going with these now?