opening instrumental track "Hong
Kong Memories" bursts out
with a vibrant melody, done by a wild bunch of electric guitars.
This is the way I do remember the streets of Hong Kong best- always
noisy and in motion.
was recorded at home as a demo for "Tortured By Pleasure",
but eventually didn´t fit on the album. It was hard work to
restore this song, as there was only a worn 1/4" tape mix left.
I added some extra strings for rhythmic support and some synth overdubs
to boost the beauty of the chorus melody.
The instrumental track "Sampan
Ride" is a re-newed/re-named
version of a former single B-side, which was never released. A Sampan
is a small boat on which you might take a trip to the floating restaurants
of Aberdeen harbour in Hong Kong. Robin did an excellent job here
of arranging the keyboard melodies.
Exiles Her Sons" was recorded
for the "Kunstdisco"-project of the German Goethe-Institut,
which took place during the Olympic Games 1988 in Seoul, South Korea.
The song is based on a traditional Korean folk-melody playing in
the background, while voice and piano shift through melancholic
chord progressions. The lyrics are dealing with the subject of the
two divided Koreas and the repercussions for their citizens.
I found many different takes of 12"
stuff mixed from "Hypnotized", so I thought "why
not try to join these bits together"? The result is "Extended
Hypnotic Interlude". It starts
with takes from the very first demo recording, moves on with demo
and studio parts playing in parallel and ends with some takes from
a very special mix by Gareth Jones.
Another Night To) Singapore"
is our proof that we weren´t just weepy wimps doing sad tunes,
but that we could do bold and funny songs, too: "Hoorayho in
Singapore"! Here´s a studio rough mix from about 1987
with some newly overdubbed percussion. Everybody´s having
a good time and mad Dwight Frye ends it all with some ingenius laughter
(which was used a second time some 9 years later on the track "Days
Run Wild" by Camouflage).
was recorded during the summer of 1986 at a demo session, which
took place in an empty factory building, whilst everybody was on
holidays. I recorded a new solo-guitar on that track.
The next track is the original "Hypnotized"
demo as it had been recorded with an old 8-track tape machine at
our rehearsal room in Berlin in 1984. Unfortunately there is only
a stereo mix tape left today.
One of the things I remember best from
my visit to Hong Kong in 1985 was riding these old doubledecker
buses of the China Motor company: the Daimler CVG6LX-34 or Daimler
E - true relics of a time now long gone by.....well, at least they´re
musically remembered in "China
A song about fame and fortune: "Valerie"
( taken from the same session as "Faces") comes with some
newly overdubbed Manzanera style guitars and is followed by the
first studio rough mix of
the Catherine Wheel Turns"
from the year 1987. With parallel lead vocals by Zaza Lang and me
plus a thriving guitar orientated playback, I guess this is the
best and most powerful version I´ve got on tape and a perfect
song to close this album.