Detour Records are stoked to bring you this album which includes the first ever recordings by the band. My love for this band dates back to when I first heard their debut single on the 'Merry Go-Round' label back in 1993. It was an instant appeal as it was full-on, in your face, Organ assault with some mighty crypt-kicking vocals to match.
Then in 1994 we had the pleasure of working with the band and releasing their second single 'Doin' Me In' followed by another three singles over the next few years. Back in 1996 we also enticed the band down to London to support Detour Records flag ship bearers 'The Clique' at the Garage in Islington. Also on the bill that night were 'The Acrylic Tones' who had travelled down from Newcastle-upon-tyne to play and to promote their debut album. All three bands were the top selling acts on Detour Records and the future looked bright. A brilliant night was had and it has stuck in my mind because it was also the night we moved house!
So on that note, I'll pass you over to the main man from the band who will give you the history on these recordings...
After Captain Sensible came to see The Mourning After at The White Horse, Hampstead he was suitably impressed to ask the band to record an LP for his Deltic record label.
In May 1991 they entered Weemeenit Studios, Barnet with Steve Broughton (Edgar Broughton Band) and the Captain at the helm. The following day they left the studio with the recording’s you hold in your hands. The idea was to take these original rough mixes away, have a listen, then get back together for a final mix and choose the 12 tracks for the LP.
Unfortunately due to circumstances out of both the band’s and Captain Sensible’s hand’s this never happened. The master tape was recovered a couple of years later and vocal, backing vocal and guitar tracks were wiped to free up space for overdubs and a release of the LP on Mystic Beat Records (withdrawn ...but that’s another story).
So here are those original rough mixes with live vocals, guitars and extra backing vocals (including a couple with the Captain) for the first time featuring different versions of some tunes that were later re-recorded and released.
Chris Blackburn / September 2023
Waitin’ On You
On My Mind
Rain On Me
Ain’t Like You
Doin’ Me In
You’re Gonna Pay
What’s Goin’ Down
She’s Gonna Get It
Ain’t Gettin’ Away
Never Listen (To A Word I Say)
She’ll Be Gone
Creepin’ Out Tonight
Do Your Thaang