Back In The Day

Five guitar effects pedals by Boss, Moollon, and Pearl.Whilst having an effects sort out I put my 1986 line up back together (with the Moollon substituting for an Italian Crybaby that died long ago). By the end of that year I’d decided it was far too much effort and didn’t use effects live again for twenty years.

The Had Proper Lyrics Back In My Day

Billy Bragg – Levi Stubbs' Tears

An article on the song Levi Stubbs’ Tears

With the money from her accident she bought herself a mobile home
So at least she could get some enjoyment from being alone.
No one could say she was left up on the shelf.
It’s you and me against the world kid,
She mumbled to herself.

She ran away from home in her mother’s best coat.
She was married before she was even entitled to vote.
And her husband was one of those blokes,
The sort that always laughs at his own jokes,
The sort that war takes away,
And when there wasn’t a war he left anyway.

When the world falls apart some things stay in place.
Levi Stubbs’ tears run down his face.

In this world of ups and downs
My dreams all fall through.
Things just don’t work out
No matter what I do.

Disappointment haunts me
Through each lonely day.
The world around I see
In only shades of gray.

Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
Are here to make everything right that’s wrong.
Holland and Holland and Lamont Dozier too
Are here to make it all okay with you.

And one dark night he came home from the sea
And put a hole in her body
Where no hole should be.
It hurt her more to see him walking out the door.
And though they stitched her back together
They left her heart in pieces on the floor.

When the world falls apart some things stay in place.
She takes off the Four Tops tape
And puts it back in its case.
When the world falls apart some things stay in place.
Levi Stubbs’ tears…


Every unnecessary cover version deserves an unnecessary video.

Chris Morris Original (Cover) 2015

A version of a little heard instrumental from the Jackalsons guitarist faithfully performed except for the bits I changed.

Not For Music Lovers

A couple of live Christine tracks I like from the olden days, Follow Me and a cover of Sister Ray.

Christine – Follow Me & Sister Ray (Live 1986)

Joy Division added an extra chord to their take on Sister Ray and we added yet another so our version was obviously superior to the Velvet Underground original.

This was probably from a charity gig at Collyers College in Horsham at the end of March 1986, at least the year is right. The keyboards are a bit quiet as they were so loud on stage there wasn’t much of them going through the mixing desk from which the recording was largely taken.

Fred & Friends – Cracked Black

A Christine number recorded after the demise of the band by Fred and Richard plus Jim from the Jackalsons and accidentally yours truly after failure of a hired four track recorder resulted in time pressure to get it done with the borrowed replacement.

I cut Carnival Of Souls about to go with it.

Fred & Friends – Cracked Black (1986)

Christine – Murder My Emotion

Christine – Murder My Emotion (1986)

Still living in the past here’s an early collaboration between the duo responsible for VTOR, though Richard is on bass rather than singing for Christine. Jim, later of the Gits, also guests as the second drummer on this track based on Adrian Mitchell‘s To Whom It May Concern. (Not that anyone told me that at the time).

Fred who provides vocals here sang the very last Gits song at the very last Gits gig.

The video this time is made up from Rebus Film No.1 by Paul Leni from 1925.

Rebus-Film Nr. 1-Paul Leni-1925-German avant-garde and experimental film-Animated movie