See M2J2K1 for details. This version features Boabus doing lead vocals
during the verse ("See you in the street...") and originally had him
speaking a line at the end when the song finishes - "Do I detect some anger
there ?" which for some reason, we forgot to ever record.
The mosh-pit anthem. Floyd wrote this Boxing Day '99..." I'd had a yoghurt of truth
and watched Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai", so I was kind of in an oriental vibe
anyway. Benny's about and he's talking to someone about something completely
unrelated and he says "D'you like Cat Stevens ?". I'm totally monged and I
hear this and I just start word-associating - "D'you like Henry's Cat ?
D'you like Katmandu ? D'you like Fu Manchu Manchu Manchu ?" (now you know
what the middle 8 is on about) - and as soon as I said it, I thought
"There's a song in there". As it was a cheesy oriental song, I ripped off a
Japanese scale and based the riff on that."
Cosmic's evil laugh is a triumph.
"It made me hard." - Craig David|
My Brother Is A Monkey|
One day Boabus says " We should write the theme tune to a fictional fifties
sitcom. The sitcom is called "My Brother Is A Monkey" and it's about a boy
who's brother happens to be a monkey". Who wouldn't be inspired ? Couldn't
resist the Ren And Stimpy ending.
|Are You There Moriarty ?|
Stedman's Dad actually gave us the idea for this one. He told us about this
game they used to play in the Navy, where you had to lie face down and
blindfolded, head-to-head with your opponent. You're armed with a rolled-up
newspaper and you have to shout "Are you there, Moriarty ?" and then try and
swipe them. Or something like that. Stedman added the Sherlock Holmes
stylings. For those concerned, we used the word "queer" in the final verse
because "odd" doesn't rhyme with "beer".
Incidentally, that last verse breakdown was one of our first dabblings with
Hip Hop-type rhythms.
Yogurts Of Truth
Stoned Banana Splits-inspired psychedelia. If you've ever had a yoghurt of
truth, you know what we're saying. Even WE can't explain where some of the
lyrics came from. We'd been listening to a lot of CSN&Y, so that may explain
the Stephen Stills allusion, and I believe we had a yellow rubber ball about
the place as well, but the rest of it ? Who knows ? I remember we spent
about an hour discussing what colour the twelve lakes of love should be. One
of Sted's first solos and Cosmic's Axl Rose-meets-David Bowie croonings are
Warriors Of Metal
A tribute to 80's cheese Metal. We LOVE that stuff - Dio, Maiden, Priest,
Twisted Sister, Manowar, you know the score. To pronounce it properly, you
have to say "Warriors" so it rhymes with "Lawyers". Stedman rips out the
shredding wah-wah licks and I represent EVH-style. Cosmic's finest hour bar
The Eagle Has Landed|
We had all these crazy rockin' Metal tunes and nothing to kick back and
chill to, so we came up with this stoned funk. Boz sometimes struggled with
interpreting the Unit sound, but he nailed it on this one. This version
includes a dreamy electric piano solo from the Pardo and ethereal flute
warblings courtesy of Cos.
Suck Satan's Cock|
The first Bill Hicks-inspired track we wrote, dedicated to manufactured
musicians everywhere. Originally, this one had a spoken intro over the funk
part where a no-talent band agrees to sign away all musical integrity for a
fat cheque from an A&R guy named Hank Beelzebub from Azagoth Records. Don't
know why it's not on here. Yoghurts of truth probably. There were also
keyboard solos in the gaps in the midsection, which even to this day, have
yet to be replaced.
Spider In The Bath|
When we all lived in Birchfield Road we were plagued by a dog-sized spider
that inhabited our bath, hence this ditty. Boabus again takes lead vocals on
the verse, with Boz contributing helium-powered back ups in the middle
eight. We even had the sound of a gurgling plug hole at the end of the
original, which we forgot to record again. Then again, these were just
Released: March 1999
Recorded: Jan - Mar 1999 at home
Equipment Used: Tascam 488MkII analog 8-track, Alesis digital multi-effect
unit, Realistic mics.