Afters


Hatfield & the North


17th April 1975
"Dear Sirs,
I listened to Hatfield and the North at Rainbow. They were very wonderful and they made my heart a prisoner.
Yours faithfully,
Misako Horike"

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"Some of you may have heard most of this before, so we've slung in the live bits as an incentive. Others of you may never have heard any of it at all, in which case - Hello. Still others of you out there may be unfortunate enough to live in countries where English is not spoken, and my advice to you is to stop trying to work out these sleeve notes and hand over the cash. The idea for this L.P. came from Simon Draper and Al Clark at Virgin Records and we were all pleased they thought of it. I think the music's really good still and I hope you agree!

Regards from Dave Stewart Dec 1979"

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Hatfield & the North and The Rotters' Club,both sides of the Hatfields' 1974 single, one track from the live album 'Over the Rainbow' (the only Hatfield & the North track on that album!), and 2 previously unreleased live instrumental tracks.


Released: 1980
Label: Virgin
Cat. No. VR5
Re-mastering and re-cutting: Chris Blake at the Townhouse and Utopia Studios

The parts of Hatfield and the North were played by:
Richard Sinclair (Bass, vocals)
Phil Miller (Guitar)
Dave Stewart (Keyboards)
Pip Pyle (Drums and noise)

assisted by:

THE NORTHETTES:
Barbara Gaskin
Amanda Parsons
Ann Rosenthal
(Backing vocals on Fitter Stoke Has A Bath, Mumps, Prenut and Your Majesty is like a Cream Donut (Loud))
Robert Wyatt
(Voice on Calyx)
Jimmy Hastings
(Flutes on Fitter Stoke Has A Bath and Prenut
Saxes on Your Majesty is like a Cream Donut (Loud))
Mont Campbell
(French Horn on (Big) John Wayne Socks Psychology on the Jaw and Chaos at the Greasy Spoon)
Lindsay Cooper
(Oboe and bassoon on (Big) John Wayne Socks Psychology on the Jaw
Tim Hodgkinson
(Clarinet on (Big) John Wayne Socks Psychology on the Jaw

Tracklist

Side One

1. Lets Eat (Real Soon) (Sinclair/Pyle) (3.14)
Recorded at Saturn Recording Studio, Worthing, in October 1974. Released as a single with Fitter Stoke has a Bath (Virgin Records, VS116) on November 15 1974. Produced by Hatfield & the North; engineering and production assistance: Dave Ruffell).
2. Fitter Stoke Has A Bath (Pyle) (4.33)
The other side of the single Let's Eat (Real Soon). Different to the version on The Rotters' Club.
3. Mumps, edited (Stewart) (8.14)
From The Rotters' Club
4. Share It (Sinclair/Pyle) (3.02)
From The Rotters' Club
which segues wonderfully into . . .
5. Lounging There Trying (Miller) (3.15)
Also from The Rotters' Club

Side Two

6. The Stubbs Effect (Pyle) (0.23)
From the album Hatfield & the North
7. Big Jobs (Poo Poo Extract) (Sinclair) (0.45)
From the album Hatfield & the North
8. Going up to People and Tinkling (Stewart) (2.17)
From the album Hatfield & the North
9. Calyx (Miller) (2.46)
From the album Hatfield & the North
10. (Big) John Wayne Socks Psychology on the Jaw (Stewart) (0.43)
From The Rotters' Club
11. Chaos at the Greasy Spoon, edited (Sinclair/Pyle) (0.23)
From The Rotters' Club
cunningly cross-faded into . . .
12. Halfway Between Heaven and Earth (Sinclair) (6.08)
Recorded live at the Rainbow Theatre, London, on March 16 1975 and included on the LP 'Over the Rainbow' (CHR 1079), released in April 1975.
[Warning! This LP contains performances by bands other than Hatfield & the North.]
13. Oh, Len's Nature! (Miller) (2.00)
Recorded live in Lyons and Toulouse, France on February 8 and 11 1975 by sound mixer Peter Wade.
[Startlingly obvious edits (performed with unerring inaccuracy at the Townhouse) by Dave Stewart and Pip Pyle, tape slashing by Chris Blake.]
14. Lything and Gracing (Miller) (3.48)
Recorded live in Lille, France, on June 9 1974 by Peter Wade.
15. Prenut (Stewart) (3.55)
From The Rotters' Club
16. Your Majesty is like a Cream Donut (Loud) (Stewart) (1.37)
From The Rotters' Club

Lyrics

LET'S EAT (REAL SOON)
Words by Pip Pyle

I'm vitamin-enriched what's more I'm absolutely wholesome
No artificial processing or anything so loathsome
You'll fancy me at lunch, not to mention tea
I'm easily digested naturally

You'll want to slip me in your kitchen, How'd you like to mother me ?
And I'll be tasty, Mr. Pastry, wouldn't that be lovely ?
My mother once told me to eat what you are given -
Don't worry mum, I've realised what fun that could be
It makes a real man of me now
Think you'll agree . . .
I've got more calories than brown bread in me now
No-one can tell.

[Repeat Verse 1]

So don't be scared by the thought of putting on three extra stone
Disregard all dieting information, it's best to leave well alone
You're better off fully grown.

[Tracklist]

FITTER STOKE HAS A BATH
(Words &Music by Pip Pyle)

You don't suspect my life's a mess, you probably think it's groovy
Meeting people everyday and see some place abroad
And I admit that when the time is right it can be quite a laugh
But you know, that's not often.
Eventually, I think that you will agree
I'm only putting lines out and shifting gears, missing years disappear
As for you I couldn't bear to think of it . . .
They said you were Swedish.
You asked me for a chocolate bar, then you went and spoiled it all by eating it (what a pain, what a nause)
You can imagine my delight was like some R. Crumb magazine come to life
Thank you ladies you had us all I hope you both enjoyed it.
But just the same I'm happy just to sit around at home
(With Pamela making cups of tea and washing clothes) SELECT THE
(With Pamela looking elegant and writing prose) LINE YOU PREFER
(If anyone's in need of me, I'm drowning in the bathroom)
(Now anyone can easily see, I'm basically a cretin)

BING BILLY BONG, SILLY SONG GOING WRONG
DING DONG DING, DONG DING DONG,
PING PONG PING, MY HEAD'S GONE

BONG BILLY BANG, DESPERATE DAN, FRYING PAN
PING PONG PING, PONG PING PANG, MICHAEL MILES, BOGEY MAN

[Tracklist]

THE ALPHABET SONG (FROM 'MUMPS')
(Words &Music by Dave Stewart)

I have minded my P's and Q's
Tried not to damage any W's
And if I tread upon a B
I'll pick it up and tell it earnestly, "I'm sorry !"
Which of course I am
You mustn't upset them
Or badly neglect them
Or else they'll refuse to work for you

I have minded my V's and U's
Tried to prevent them being badly used
And if I tread upon the C
I tend to sink beneath the surface gracefully

As for the task of keeping O's and K's apart
You'd be right to suppose that this is quite an art
I've trod with caution round the J's and Z's
I remain a man of letters to the end
Balancing syllables upon my knees
I've flown through the air with the greatest of E's
I did what you told me to
Now I only have I's for U

[Tracklist]

SHARE IT
(Words by Pip Pyle)

Tadpoles keep screaming in my ear, "Hey there! Rotter's Club!" -
Explain the meaning of this song and share it."

There's no way of understanding what's been going on, I lost track yesterday
But now I've found out that it's generosity that turns me on so let's keep it that way.
Help yourself to me, I'll help myself to you and all your friends - we can spread it around
So if you can spare it then come on and share it, let's get on with it 'cos we're wasting our time.

Please do not take it seriously, really, what a joke
The only thing that matters is to share it.

Crass displays of acute embarrassment would make you cringe, spend your money elsewhere
I won't trouble you with all that cheap philosophy, it's better still to watch that on T.V.
Most especially adverts of some slinky hairspray, when the plastic actresses take off their clothes
Just to demonstrate all their curves and cleavages and subtleties, quite forgetting their hair

Please do not take it seriously, really, what a joke
The only thing to do is grin and bear it

Mirthless merriment, sickly sentiment so commonplace it would bore you to tears
Give me non-stop laughter, dispel disaster, or the Rotters' Club might well lop off your ears

Laughing and drinking, dancing
Grooving, stoned again
Falling over singing
Hoping that you'll SHARE IT

('This paean of promiscuity must never see the light of day'
MARY WHITEHOUSE)

[Tracklist]

BIG JOBS (Poo Poo Extract) (Richard Sinclair)

Here's a song to begin the beginning
A few notes which are arbitrary
We try our best to make it sound nice
And hope that the music
Turns you on to our latest L.P.
Should be a laugh certainly . . .

[Tracklist]

HALFWAY BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH
(Words &Music by Richard Sinclair)

We're needing your love to guide us, if you just could, then we just would
Join in the mood of being halfway 'tween Heaven and Earth

If you feel like singing, sing it, if you just could, then we just would
Feel what the other's feeling, even though we're far apart

Thanks for the colours you gave me, with them I can make a new start
Plan a new part for the future, a new resolution
To gather my thoughts, follow my heart
But here I am, halfway 'tween Heaven and Earth, gently drifting
Caught in my dreams, supported by schemes that we wrote together
Wondering whether the words that were missing didn't belong or might have been wrong
But as long as we can, we'll follow moonbeams from afar
Touch the moon and chase the stars
Catch the sun and let it go, find a way of saying so
Happy with you when we're halfway 'tween Heaven and Earth we remain
It's not like England, Holland or Spain

What on Earth or what in Heaven's name is happening to me?
With you I want to be,
I'll never leave you.

[Repeat Verse 1]

Halfway 'tween Heaven and Earth, being with you's harmony
Sing a new song for the future, although it's absurd
Just how it occurs without any words
Goes ding dong ding diddle-a doo dah doop drool dribble etc.

[Tracklist]


THE DAY DAVE NEARLY BROKE RICHARD'S HEART

It was a fine morning and the sun streamed through the windows of the hotel

Hatfield were sleeping late that day. They'd worn themselves out the night before playing for all the fans who'd danced, raved, and screamed the night away. Richard, as usual, was first out of bed. He began to perform a complicated series of exercises designed for the Royal Afghanistani Air Force. This kept him trim and supple, ready to boogie at a moment's notice. Suddenly, a muffled groan came from Dave, buried deep beneath the sheets - "Hey, cut that row out - us three guys are trying to get a spot of shuteye!"

Rick's face showed his disappointment. Dave saw how deeply hurt he was. Why hadn't he realised how much those exercises meant to him? He knew how Richard always longed to keep slim and in trim - it was the shape the fans really went for and, after all, it was the fans who'd made them what they were!!
"Sorry, Rikki," Dave muttered, "Guess you were right all along."

And you know what? Soon there were four guys waking up the whole hotel, panting and puffing as they kept Hatfield in that superslim shape that goes with the glitter. (Don't you wish you'd been out there on the patio of that de-luxe Spanish resort hotel to take a quick look at Richard & Co?) And when they went down to breakfast, Dave could tell that he'd made Richie feel really warm inside . . . and that made him feel really warm inside too.

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HATFIELD AND THE NORTH would like to have thanked . . .

BEDE & THE NORMANS and BRITISH RAIL CAR FERRIES for amusing altercations TONY WIGENS clipboard and air of authority JACK BALCHIN for his attitude toward the London Chamber of Commerce H.M. CUSTOMS OFFICIALS hours of fun poking about in rectums ALF GASCOINE shouting SHARE IT at snogging couples ALICE PYLE for thinking of 'Fitter Stoke Has A Bath' (and Washes his Hair) THE GHOSTS AT THE MANOR for scaring the shit out of us LAURIE LEWIS sleeves and good pix BENJ LEFEVRE flower arranging MIKE PATTO the name WORTAX sound enhancement BOB HOPE 'Hey! These guys must be on some kind of dope!!' (etc.) AL CLARK dogged perseverance with his 'assisted shower' THE BLUE BOAR (If it does that to the plate, think what it'll do to the wall of your stomach) THE ENTIRE NATION OF FRANCE and so on . . .

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Transcription and HTML by Andy Murkin


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