The Lines “Cat Bug Jeep” 1981

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 Lines “The Landing/ The Gate” 1981

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.