The Lines “Not Through Windows” 1979

I like a good riff as much as the next man, and in the early days we explored our Fun House fixation as much as anybody else…which at that time was everybody else. Our Velvet Underground and T.Rex inclinations were also given free rein, naturellement.

Ultimately, The Lines became more about bass riffs than guitar ones, and Not Through Windows is the last survivor of the earlier style. A sort of unholy marriage of Sister Ray and Jeepster, in this incarnation the riff is allowed to run free, whereas in the earlier version I did my best Lou Reed/ Iggy combo impersonation over the top of it. The riff sections are interspersed with another song, which I’m singing at half tempo. A strange arrangement, but it’s not a bad melody, and not such a bad riff come to that.