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Recorded live and direct onto digital audio tape on Wednesday afternoon, 28 March 1990, at Greenhouse Studios, London.

 

Once upon a time there were four musicians called Mike, Phil, Pete and Lee. Mike and Phil were young and handsome and good on their instruments. Pete and Lee were also good on their instruments.
They were all in a band called the Blue Rhythm Methodists when it started a long, long time ago. One day Lee and Phil asked Pete and Mike why the band had such a silly name and Mike pointed to Pete and said ‘He thought it up.’ And Pete said if they could think of a better name then they were welcome to. After a while they decided it wasn’t such a bad name after all.
Later that day, someone said it would be good fun to go into the studio and make an album-just-like-proper-groups-on-the-telly-do. Everyone thought it was a great idea and they would have to find a Fairy Godmother to help them make an album-just-like-proper-groups-on-the-telly-do.
They all looked very hard for a Fairy Godmother for a long time until one day a friend of theirs called Patrick ‘phoned up. Patrick wasn’t a Godmother as he had a wife and children, but they thought they would asked him if he could help them make a you-know-what anyway. This was quite a good idea because Patrick owned a studio called the Greenhouse, which was funny because it didn’t have many windows.
Patrick said they could go into the Greenhouse for an afternoon, but he didn’t think they’d come out with a you-know-what. Lee said that if the Beetles could do it, then the Blue Rhythm Methodists could. Everyone thought it made jolly good sense, although later on they couldn’t remember why.
After they made their sandwiches, Lee Pete, Mike and Phil went to the Greenhouse and met Uncle Paul. Uncle Paul had long hair and a beard. They all thought he looked like a dangerous anarchist, but they soon found he was quite nice really. ‘Are you the Engineer?’ they asked him.
‘Oh no, I’m the studio manager, but I like to keep my hand in now and again’ he said and everyone laughed because they thought it was a good joke.

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Uncle Paul thought it was such a good joke indeed that he kept the band in stitches all afternoon. Every time they looked through the window Uncle Paul would be putting up shelves, rewiring the control room, making phone calls, copying tapes and sometimes he wouldn’t even be there at all! After a while he’d run back into the control room and the band would ask him if they’d played the tune well and he would say ‘Next!’ That was a funny thing to say, but Paul said ‘if you’re going to record a you-know-what in an afternoon, you’ve got to be on the case.’ After that, Mike and Pete (who were both very tall) banged their heads and Paul said it was just a turn of phase, which confused everyone except Mike who knew about electrics.
In the end, the Blue Rhythm Methodists were very happy because they recorded fourteen tracks for their you-know-what. It turned out though, that their you-know-what wasn’t an album-just-like-proper-groups-on-the-telly-do. Apparently, real you-know-whats aren’t done in an afternoon. They take two afternoons, or even longer! And if you make a mistake you can rub it out an do it again, or get someone else to do it for you. If you can’t find anyone else to do it for you, you can even get a machine to do it!
But the Blue Rhythm Methodists weren’t upset because they thought that if you did that, it wouldn’t really be a real you-know-what. In fact, it wouldn’t be real at all.


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