Abstract Records 1985. ABS 034
Today’s post is a journey into somewhat darker territory than yesterday’s jaunty Robert Lloyd single. The Three Johns have a more gothy sound than I usually go for, but this is a great song which Peel played quite a bit. According to Wikipedia it was also an NME single of the week – and deservedly so. The sound on this 7″ single is decidedly murky. Whether that’s deliberate or a duff recording I have no idea, but it really works with this material I think. The sound is also made unusual by the use of a drum machine which is rarely effective with a guitar band I think, but here it adds to the atmosphere created by the murky sound.