n.b. Jeff had this down as a sort-of shouty song with each word more or less coming out as long punctuated staccato of either 1, 2 or 3 word clumps along with a jarring guitar. I can’t remember the punctuation and it’s not included here, but the punctuation was important and added to the shock value and was not where you might think. We experimented a few times but as far as I know there are no recordings. I think we tried it live but I had misgivings anyway in the environment in which we existed.
He has the date as 78 but it was more like 76 I think when we were ~19/20. He said it to me it in his mam’s living room during the time we were into Ege Bamyasi etc and wrote “The Prick”, “Merry Xmas Prince Charles” and stuff like that as well as being part of what was Magnum Innoninandum . (SP)
This is Jeff and Rees alone in 1985. Recorded not long after the drunken “Letter to America”. It relies heavily on the ring modulator, joining a Roland synth to my old self-constructed keyboard (sp).
Essentially, it is Rees playing the keyboards after having discovered an amazing little ditty. Jeff then twiddled various settings and mix desk controls, on the nod from Rees so that the necessary impact could be made.
It was always intended to be a base for further layerings, but in the end, it has stayed as it is. Extra layers could still be added with judicious enveloping since the piece divides up quite well into a few sections. Some are easily sampled for instance… Have a go, giving credit where credit’s due….
The track lies buried on an old cassette tape. Recently my old E-MU sound box has gone a bit odd (sounds like a failing capacitor pops) so I have had to resort to the PC’s onboard sound, which is okay, but noisier than the old E-MU.
A better “quality”, if that’s the word version is here. The file, even as the mp3 file here is 23Mb……. The version playing is @92kbs Enjoy:
I’ve spent a bit of time cleaning up a tape I’ve come across.
As I described here on my personal website site, Ligger John and Mackie had a Zyklon B Zombie project for which Jeff and I made some custom backing music for them. The actual performances involved blood, guts and offal plus a variety of standard props like the bull and ivy on the right… The recording was far cleaner.
The video playing is the culmination of my clean-up and shows a cassette, the one I’ve sourced. For the young-uns reading this, this was how we made music portable, 40 years ago. This also explains why the track is 3/4 hours long since the cassette was 45 mins per side.
Ian of Freak Electric contacted us via the website recently and until he gets back, I can’t say what he’s been up to recently.
However, a quick perusal of the Ubertubes pulls out these two tracks from a compilation LP in 1985. I hope he doesn’t mind….
Actually, I have a full demo tape with reasonable quality that has some of my favourite Freak Electric tracks on it with the two drummers and Ian’s screeching guitar figuring highly!. I’d love to clean it up a bit and get it out digitally for him.
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