The Rotters' Club


Hatfield & the North


Recorded at: Saturn Recording Studio, Worthing in January/February 1975
Produced by: The Hatfields; Engineering and production assistance: Dave Ruffell
Released: March 7 1975
Label: Virgin
Cat. No. V2030


Personnel:

Phil Miller (Guitars)
Pip Pyle (Drums and Percussive Things)
Richard Sinclair (Bass and vocals [Guitar on Didn't Matter Anyway])
Dave Stewart (Organ, Electric Piano and Tone Generators)


GUEST STARS

Jimmy Hastings
Flute, Soprano and Tenor Saxes
Mont Campbell
French Horn
Lindsay Cooper
Bassoon
Tim Hodgkinson
Clarinet
The Very Wonderful NORTHETTES
Barbara Gaskin
Amanda Parsons
Ann Rosenthal

Tracklist

Side One

  1. Share It (R.Sinclair/P.Pyle) (3.02)
  2. Lounging There Trying (P.Miller) (3.10)
  3. (Big) John Wayne Socks Psychology on the Jaw (D.Stewart) (0.46)
  4. Chaos at the Greasy Spoon (R.Sinclair/P.Pyle) (0.30)
  5. The Yes No Interlude (P.Pyle) (7.02)
  6. Fitter Stoke Has A Bath (P.Pyle) (7.38)
  7. Didn't Matter Anyway (R.Sinclair) (3.03)

TOTAL TIME: 25.11 minutes

Side Two

  1. Underdub (P.Miller) (3.55)
  2. Mumps (D.Stewart)
    a. Your Majesty is like a Cream Donut (Quiet) (1.59)
    b. Lumps (12.35)
    c. Prenut (3.55)
    d. Your Majesty is like a Cream Donut (Loud) (1.37)

    TOTAL TIME: 22.41 minutes


    Lyrics

    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

    [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]

    DIDN'T MATTER ANYWAY
    (Words &Music by Richard Sinclair)
    It didn't matter anyway
    We'll meet again some other day
    Till then keep well
    You'll be in my dreams
    Goodnight, goodbye, bye for now...

    The time has come to leave you
    Please don't feel alone
    Now that we've met
    There'll be a way to reach you and say "Never mind..."

    It didn't matter anyway
    We'll meet again some other day
    Till then keep well
    You'll be in my dreams
    Goodnight, goodbye, bye for now. . .

    [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]


    THE THANKS COLUMN

    The Staff at Hatco:
    Mike Williams . . . . . Managing Director
    Peter Wade . . . . . Decibel Dealing Division
    Nick 'Mainman' Levitt
    Chris Levitt
    Road Crew

    The Staff on Saturn:
    Dave Ruffell . . . . . Hopeless Jokes
    John Purdy . . . . . Recordist, Bulk Erase Procedure and Fireman
    Mrs Adams . . . . . Teas And Bacon Sarnies

    WORTAX . . . . . Intrusion Confusion

    Also to:
    Steve Borrill . . . . . Good Samaritaneeing
    Heinx and the Tornadoes . . . . . For Musical Inspiration
    Steve, Brian & Kris Et All At Polytechnic Rehearsal Studios

    And Last But Not Least:

    Virgin Records . . . . . Green P.R.

    Transcription and HTML by Andy Murkin


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