Of Queues and Cures


National Health


Recorded at Ridge Farm (near Dorking, Surrey), July 1978, on the Mobile Mobile, a 24-track transportable studio.
Produced bythe Health and MIke Dunne; Engineered by Mike Dunne and Brian Gaylor;
Released: 1978
Label: Charly Records
Cat. No.CRL 5010


Side One

1. The BRYDEN 2-STEP (for Amphibians) [Part 1] (Dave Stewart) (8.45)

Personnel

Dave Stewart (Organ, Electric & Acoustic Piano)
Phil Miller (Guitar)
John Greaves (Bass)
Pip Pyle (Drums)
Georgie Born (Cellos)

with

Paul Nieman (Trombones)
Phil Minton (Trumpet)

6 a.m. one morning. 4 musicians, all passion spent, sprawl over the console. But for Mike Dunne, a glimmer of consciousness is stirred by the sound of a wren greeting the dawn. The keen ornithologist lurches wild-eyed to the door and seizing a microphone, gives chase. 10 minutes later he re-emerges, mud-splattered, breathless, birdsong taped for the intro of this piece. Another triumph for the Mobile Mobile.

2. The COLLAPSO (Dave Stewart) (6.09)

Personnel

Dave Stewart (Organ, Electric & Acoustic Piano)
Phil Miller (Guitar)
John Greaves (Bass)
Pip Pyle (Drums, Breakage)

with

Selwyn Baptiste (Steel Drums)

A Caribbean cacophony for limbo-lovers. ('Not bad for a white band' - Selwyn Baptiste). Smashed glass courtesy of Tony Andrews' greenhouse.

3. SQUARER for MAUD (John Greaves) (11.30)

Personnel

Dave Stewart (Organ, Electric Piano, Minimoog)
Phil Miller (Guitar)
John Greaves (Bass, Piano innards)
Pip Pyle (Drums, Percussion, Handclaps)
Georgie Born (Cellos)
Jimmy Hastings (Clarinets, Bass clarinet)
Keith Thompson (Oboe)
Peter Blegvad (Voice)

1. Maud is a computer programmed to measure numinosity. She appears in 'Amatuer' No. 1 - a pamphlet published by Amateur Enterprises in N.Y.C. Begvad's narrative is an extract from the same.
2. An alternative title is 'Claret and Etiquette for J."
3. After Georgie Born's contribution to this piece we asked her to join the group, which she did.

Lyrics

Is it 'numinousness', 'numinescence' or 'numinosity'? It's like 'luminous'. You say 'numinosity'? I do. And when a things is numinous, it exudes an air of mystery, of sanctity, of energy. It appears 'charged'.

Side Two

1. DREAMS WIDE AWAKE (Phil Miller) (8.36)

Personnel

Dave Stewart (Organ, Electric Piano, Minimoog)
Phil Miller (Guitar)
John Greaves (Bass)
Pip Pyle (Drums)

with

Rick Biddulph (Bass on 6/4 organ solo)

'Phil made the mistake of asking me to go a bit mad on the organ solo at the beginning of the number. This remark was like a red rag to a bull - with my volume control set hard over on '10' and lashing out at every foot pedal within my reach, I commenced a Genghis Khan-like attack on my organ. Smashing my arms down on the keys, I ripped out valves, wires, and strings of components from the Hammond's interior while the rest of the band and engineers watched aghast. In the shocked silence at the end of the take, I knew I'd gone too far . . . but by some oversight the solo remains.' (D.S.)

2. BINOCULARS (Pip Pyle) (11.30)

Personnel

Dave Stewart (Organ, Electric Piano)
Phil Miller (Guitar)
John Greaves (Bass, Crooning)
Pip Pyle (Drums)

with


Jimmy Hastings (Flute, Clarinets)

Paul Nieman (Trombones)
Phil Minton (Trumpets)
Keith Thompson (Oboe)

Lyrics

Blam, zing, mule-kicks,
Real-life John Wayne,
Nerves twitch, legs kick,
Death Pain.
It's a shame to say
You're such a bore today
And the picture is quite OK,
Your expression has gone away.

If you just sit on your arse
The whole world won't gasp,
The little dog laughed to see such a farce,
It was quite insane.
Nerves twitch, legs kick,
Real-life Death Pain

You might as well say
Nothing's for real
Than bore us with the things that you feel.
If that's tough on you,
You know that it's up to you,
It's not like it's too much to do,
What a pity to waste your time.

Meanwhile John Wayne and Rip Torn
Are making us all yawn,
Words and thoughts travel at different speeds
And make no sense to me.
Nerves twitch, legs itch,
Blam, zing, Death Bleed

[Repeat from You might as well . . .]

3. PHLAKATON (Pip Pyle) (0.08)

At last, on record, Phil's gridging acknowledgment of the commercial need for a drum solo. ('Go down a storm in the States,' etc.)

4. The BRYDEN 2-STEP (for Amphibians) [Part 2] (Dave Stewart) (5.24)

Line-up as Part One - written especially for the 'Come Dancing' three-legged 2-step finals, 1968.
Adapted for the Processional March of Horace Savage's statues, Dalston Carnival (1984).


All the equipment was set up in the same room, but a Benj Lefevre's sugegstion we put the drum kit in a nearby Nissen hut, running cables across the drive from the main studio.
(Thanks to Benj for the time he invested in the project, helping us no end with the drum sound by swinging ape-like from the rafters of the hut in an attempt to establish the optimum positions of ambience mikes).


Special thanks to Mike for all his hard work, and also to:-
Brian Gaylor: Tennis coach, occasional grudging maintenace and knob-twirlage
Veronica Dunne: Endless stream of Bunter
Soose: Spotting the title, more Bunter
John Marshall: Business advice and moral support
Tony Andrews: Nissen hut
Brian Godding: Competitively-priced tape
Jack Samuels, Ltd.: A 'grand' piano
Jack Balchin: Volkswagen Ears by Philip Sheffield

Frank Andrews, Billy and all at Ridge Farm.

A Healthy Music Production Transcription and HTML by Andy Murkin


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