In the summer of 1981 we did a session at a studio called Starforce in Clapham. We recorded a few tracks, some of them demos for the gestating Ultramarine album, and one for a cassette compilation called Bits released by Reading based X-Cassettes.
There is more about this compilation, and a download too, here.
Cat Bug Jeep is an imaginary theme song for nothing in particular, and also a binaural stereo experiment, by which a couple of omnidirectional microphones were attached to the sides of a skull, a technique we employ to this day.
There’s a remastered version on the Memory Span page at Acute Records.
The Therapy album may seem to go out on a dark note, but it’s a defiant one.
This was always an enjoyable song to perform, and a lot of that was to do with the performance of Mr Nicholas Cash. When he broke into those 1/16th note runs it felt like the whole band was levitating.
The middle section sends the guitars flying into a matrix of harmonizers and delays. Still sounds good to me.
The Landing and its coda The Gate make up the central section of the Therapy album. I think the production here is about as widescreen as we ever got, the tale of a futuristic River Styx (yep, those Gates of Hell again) set in a cavernous mix of percussion, bowed guitar, whirling tubes and sound effects, including beloved Manor Road dog Cicek. Listening back, the blend of delays and reverbs reminds me how much I learned from the great Eric Radcliffe.
Refreshment is now provided in the form of a bracing bucket of water. Figuratively, infinite buckets.
Uniquely, the lyrics of this song are a group effort, each Line taking a line in rotation.
The reaction of Mr John Peel maybe sums it up best: “…rum…decidedly rum…”.