4AD 1989. BAD906
This single was, I think, the pinnacle of Kurt Ralske’s musical career. This is a re-recording of the song, the original being on his debut album where it stood head and shoulders above the rest of what was an excellent album. This much longer version gains most of the extra time from an extended intro which builds to the song itself over around three minutes. Normally these things are just padding to justify the 12″ format, but here the majesty of the song, both lyrically and musically needs this build-up to really work its magic. There’s less guitar distortion here than in the original, but more delicate meandering around the melody which gives the track a fragility which suits it. The mesmerising bass line is still much in evidence though. Somewhat surprisingly a very young Moby plays guitar on this.
The single includes the album version of the track as a closer and a couple of exclusives, which while completely overshadowed by the title track are well worth hearing.