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LINER NOTES

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It was in the summer of 77 when I first bumped into Stuart Adamson. I was very drunk at the time and have been bumping in to him ever since. Stuart was playing with his punk combo 'The Skids' and I was in the support band The Delinquents. I was very impressed with his guitar playing and he was more than complimentary about my burst couch hairdo. My band supported The Skids on and off for a couple of years and I remember Stuart saying that we should get together and do something in the future, little did I realise that he meant going on a bender for a couple of months. We got talking and soon discovered that we both shared a passion for 'The Kinks'. I cautiously suggested that we form a camp Kinks tribute band and record a cover version of their hit single, 'Pictures of Willies'. Well, as you can imagine he thought I was mad, I then told him in the strictest of confidence that I had invented the seagull, and that was it. He immediately decided that we should form a band.

We got together and set up a studio downstairs in the local institute to record our first demos, The line up was Stuart, myself and a bossa nova drum machine called 'Doctor Roboto.' I still have the demos of Harvest and Inwards with that drum machine on it. Harvest home has a sexy salsa beat to and Inwards sounds like Ricky Martin on speed. Our manager lan Grant hawked these tapes (but not his ass) around every record company in London but came away disappointed everytime. 'Guitars are out and synths are in' was the standard reply. Well, we wouldn't take no for an answer so we decided to drop the drum machine and look for a proper rhythm section. Lady luck blew my way as I was browsing through a copy of Good Housekeeping down the clinic. I was checking the small ads at the back and came across a two by two advert that simply said

'Rhythm for Hire
"We are willing to play with any one”
Call M Brzezicki 02735 645678

I passed this info to Ian and he set up some proper studio time with Mark Brzezicki and Tony Butler I instantly clicked with Tony but Mark was a different beast all together. He heard about my tropical fish keeping hobby and kept demanding to know if they had todgers. I took an instant dislike to him and in the nineteen years that I have been his colleague I have never so much as uttered one word to him. I can be like that you see. Tony once told me that I was a grudge holding son of a bitch, to which I replied ‘No one fucks with my fish.’ That pearl of wisdom held me in good stead down the years. Mess with me and you mess with my fish. Get heavy with me and Harry the Halibut gets heavy with you.

Any way I would like to thank all of you good people out they're who have supported us over the years and if I was in AC/DC I would certainly salute you.

Bruce Watson
69 Tangent Grove
Zanussi.

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CREDITS

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Republican Party Reptile
(Adamson/Watson)
Stevie Agnew Vocals
Ronnie Lessells Slide Guitar
Machine gun...Eck Paton Backing Vocals
Duck Backing Vocals
Bruce Watson Guitar & Programming

Suspicious
(Watson)
Stevie Agnew Vocals
Jamie Pearce Guitar Solo
Tony Porco Sax/Backing Vocals
Duck Backing Vocals
Bruce Watson Guitar & Programming

Holiday
(Agnew/Cleminson/Charton/McCafferty/Sweet/Naz songs ltd.)
Stevie Agnew Vocals
Ronnie Lessels Slide Guitar
Bruce Watson Guitar & Programming

Start My Engine
(Watson)
Stevie Agnew Vocals
Duck Backing Vocals
Bruce Watson Guitar & Programming

The Days
(Watson/McCafferty)
Stevie Agnew Vocals
Bruce Watson Guitar & Programming

Normal
(Adamson/Watson)
Stevie Agnew Vocals
Bruce Watson Guitar & Programming

Highland Girl
(Watson)
Bruce Watson Guitar & Vocals
Ricky Carter Bass
Duck Backing Vocals
Engineered by Jamie Davidson

The Days (Alternative)
(McCafferty/Watson)
Neil Millar Vocals
Dougie Gordon Slide Guitar and Bazouki
Ricky Carter Bass
Bruce Watson E-Bow & Guitar

Kingdom Come
(Watson)
Aaron Fyvie Vocas
Anton Elllington Pedal Steel
Ai Anderson Programming
John Gray Sax
Ricky Carter Bass
Bruce Watson Guitar & Mandolin

Gypsy Girl
(Watson)
Bruce Watson Vocas & All Instruments

Falling Down
(Watson)
Scott Watson Drums
Ricky Carter Bass
Aaron Fyvie Vocals
Bruce Watson Guitar

I Feel Fine
(Watson)
Scott Watson Drums
Ricky Carter Bass
Aaron Fyvie Vocals
Bruce Watson Guitar

New Dusguise
(Watson)
Aaron Fyvie Vocals
Ricky Carter Bass
Ashley McMillan Programming
Bruce Watson Guitar

Too Far Gone
(Watson)
Aaron Fyvie Vocals
Ricky Carter Bass
Ashley McMillan Programming
Bruce Watson Guitar

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