Thanks to the beurocratic idiocy on the part of the Butcher
and his associates the contributions of Alex Lee &
Sumishta Brahm to the previous JBCLP Cult Of The Basement have gone uncredited.
The Butcher would have you know that they both played leading
guitar stuff on that record, as well as on this one.
Respect and thanks are extended to the groups who let their
musicians out to play on this waxing, specifically: The Blue AeroplanesLevitation, 13 Frightened Girls and Spectrum.
Thanks also to Ensign, Ultimate and Silvertone.
Deep gratitude goes out to all involved. This Butcher owes
you one. Special love and thanks to Paul Mulreany, Tim
Burrell and Sumishta Brahm, without all of whom God Only
Four desperate men, all too desperate to notice how desperate
the others are, gather in a farmhouse with a queue of
lead guitarists stretching round the block. For all
the pain and crap from which this record was made, the
actual sessions were a gigantic and wonderful party.
The songs are all long because we (Paul, Joe, Lix & I)
just enjoyed the playing on the "to-be-faded" bits so
much that it seemed a shame not to let everyone hear
them. This was warmly received by The Outside World,
less popular among those who counted themselves JBC afficionados.
Well, I couldn't have written it any other way, and I
love that everyone plays on it, so I'm not in much of
a position to know why you don't care for it. All I can
say is that I'm still well pleased with it as a recording,
and as a piece of writing about a tough subject. I mean,
I hate "divorce rock" too. It wuz a tough assignment.
Go on, give the fucker another listen. The songs may
not make you laugh, but the playing ought to give you
a few thrills. And, after all, I'm not in a band to make
money, or be a "professional entertainer" - I'm in a band
because I like to play very loud electric guitar. This
IS the sound of me having fun, and getting me to do that
in those dark days of mid-1991 was no small job. (Can
anyone tell me how I *knew* that the French were going
to like "Girls Say Yes"?)
- Tracy Seattle
22Apr2011 5:56 PM
(4 years 218 days ago)
Was thinking of how much I loved this cd and how I played it over and over until some greedy bastard stole it, and now I just downloaded it from iTunes and am happily singing along.
Such a great cd.
Condition Blue sequencing
- greg, san francisco
26Nov2010 3:34 PM
(5 years 1 hour ago)
I feel like I should apologize on behalf of the label. I worked for Sky at this time, in Philadelphia (the label was based in Georgia)...drove you around town for a couple of radio things the day you were in town to play JC Dobbs. Our label manager made the sequencing decision. Had I known what he was doing I'd have tried to keep your original sequence. Regardless, I love the record and it was a pleasure to help it get attention in the US. I was a fan well before we put out the record and have remained a fan since.
29Jul2010 12:23 PM
(5 years 120 days ago)
My goodness, how can it be that this record is nearly 20 years on and it's still a powerful brew? It's still one of my go-to records and it's saved my melon on one or more than one occasion. You played at the Lounge Ax in Chicago. Terrible venue, but you lit up the place. Scissor-walking while playing "Take The Skinheads Bowling". Why is everything memory?
- the butcher
9Dec2008 4:56 PM
(6 years 352 days ago)
Gary, you heard right. Basically I sequenced the album and the UK and European versions duly came out the right way. The American company, without consulting me, decided to start the album with She's A Yoyo, as this was their preferred choice for radio play. To achieve this, they simply swapped the two sides of the record, which, frankly, left it making no sense whatsoever as an album.
correct sequencing is: girls say yes/filth/harlan/still n all/monkeyface/yoy/honey/shirley/racheland.
So now you know.
- Gary, Ohio USA
9Dec2008 8:06 AM
(6 years 352 days ago)
Just now noticing that the A and B side sequences shown here are different than the CD... the CD starting with Yo-Yo and ending with Monkeyface. Any significance to this?
Guess I'll make a playlist in this sequence and give it a listen and all will be revealed.