Title: Laughing House
Track List: Laughing House (Mark Mortimer / Mark Brindley), September Honey (Mark Mortimer)
There was one other demo recording made with Bash Out The Odd but that came with the third line up of the band (see other entry). There is also a live recording of the band that was taken from the gig at the Fulham Greyhound which is good fun!
The Laughing House demo was recorded mostly at The Expresso Bongo Studios. But for some reason or another we couldn't complete it there as I think Paul Speare's place was so heavily booked at the time so I remember us having to book a studio close to where Musical Exchanges was sited in Birmingham so we could go in and record the horns and keyboards.
The tracks were eventually mixed and produced back at the Expresso Bongo with Paul Speare at the helm. These two songs showcased the more aggressive, higher tempo and "rockier" sound we had developed with Pete Woodward on guitar. "Laughing House" was a frantic but catchy powerhouse of a tune driven by this pounding heavy drum track and the thrashy guitars. The horns were pristine and powerful. Mark (Brindley) wrote the odd lyrics that included references to "eskimo rolls" over the music that I had written.
On "September Honey" I got John Bates to sample some of the Indian sitar/strings sounds used by George Martin on the "Yellow Submarine" film score and that started the track before it went into this manic in-yer-face garage band track that was a real storm-trooper. Full-on heavy double bass drum sounds and crash! bang! wallop! guitars and feedback collided in what was a real punked-up number that included the superbly silly (and screamed) lyric "I'm gonna wear a black, green, pink, blue, red shirt!" - the real surprise in the song was a lovely brass solo which had a nice Latin-soul feel to it and was entirely out of context with the rest of this thrashy number. Great fun! I loved the way Mark (Brindley) screamed his way thru the song like some demented loon only to then croon "September Honey" Scott Walker style on the outro - we were a band always full of contradiction and that was partly an in joke and partly a pleasant accident. Mark Mortimer