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- Mess of My Wires
- Exing Boxes
The answering machine message towards the end of this is serendipity intact. Nobody called Deborah had lived at our number within living memory. I like the way "ancient and past-it wise old sage" turns everything he's previously said sinister and wrong with "I shall need you again" at the end.
- Unlucky Penny
- Dogs in Heaven
Justine Wolfenden, who also gave 'Disposable' its hook and contributed that rare thing - a viola that can legitimately be described as "keening" - to 'Strongest Arms', put two violins and two violas all playing different parts at the coda of this. It sounds fucking ace.
- A Cure for Everyday Life
- Strongest Arms
Jay Wolfsbane, whose viola and violin parts on Disneytime are integral, excels herself here with a tremulous Bartokian tightrope act that comfortably outweeps the mawky vocal.
Once I got to play yer actual John McGeoch's actual fucking Yamaha SG guitar. I know it's wrong to assign totemic value to mere objects, but if you'd told my fourteen year old self that that would happen he'd have simultaneously spunked and pissed himself. Maybe shat, too. How this came to happen is not particularly interesting, but it was in anger, at a proper gig, not an antiques fair or something.
Anyway, it made my day when the aforementioned Wolfenden, who is no pushover in the Simon Cowell stakes, compared my toreador-type guitar on this to JMcG. Wrong, but nice.