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Hoses of the Holy in the Parallel Universe

March 20, 2006

Operator, get me Weston-Super-Mare


In 1985, we made an EP, and this was one of the 4 songs on it. Only this is the original 4-track recording. Unfortunately, it's both me and John and vocals again (nothing against him, but just one of us would have been best). I prefer this original for two reasons.

First, we speeded it up for the EP, so we could fit two songs on each side. Mistake. Better to have sacrificed one of the 4 songs in order to do a better version of this, but we got greedy.

Second, although Curly (Mark Ridout) played a superb solo on the single, this original take was just awesome. The first little solo at just under a minute still takes my breath away.

By the way, Pete had painted "Time For Bed, Boys" on his bedroom wall, mainly to take the piss out of his older brother, because it was one of his sayings.

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  • Wicked.

    The temptation to stuff it all in is an awful one. Especially in the old days when you didn't know when the next time you'd get to have a go at multitracking would come along.

    I still suffer from the urge now, but the real trick is restraint and producing a body of work rather than the 15 seconds of fame, innit.

    I've got a mixer now that would allow me to bounce all my old 4-track stuff down. Trouble is that I can't find the 4-track. It's either in the garage or Helen or Sarah has it.

    By Blogger SimonHolyHoses, at 8:58 am  

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