Towards the end of 2008, after months of wrangling with dicks disguised as building contractors, the Bollockbrains were able to make the Bunker available again for recording. It’d been more than two years since the PRiDE had completed a project, and they were itching to get back into the Bunker and start laying down tracks.
But what would the new project be about?
Having your home flooded and all the shit accompanying such an event would’ve been subject matter near to the heart. But for the PRiDE, it was too obvious. They needed to step back and channel all the frustration and anger into something less indulgent. But what?
When the PRiDE had been doing session work for the Knobster’s A Knob’s As Good As... project, one of the tracks had been a new interpretation of ‘Ungawa Bongo!’ Central to this was a rhythm section which swapped Bo Diddley riffs like cards from packets of PG Tips. Both the Blackshadow and Hands had been weaned on Bo Diddley, and had dropped Diddleyesque riffs into past projects whenever they could. So something hooked on the influence of Bo Diddley looked like a good way to go. The rest of the PRiDE were up for it. And given that the great man himself had died in 2008, it would add a poignancy to the whole thing - one which reflected the despair and sadness the PRiDE had felt throughout the previous couple of years.
Besides using Bo Diddley riffs wherever possible to hold the project together and give it consistency, the PRiDE also felt that they needed a central subject on which they could hang the tracks. The death of Bo Diddley was suggested, but on reflection the PRiDE felt that it’d be difficult, if not depressing, to maintain the subject over more than one song. The influence of Bo Diddley would speak through the music. The lyrical subject matter had to be something else.
For some time, Rex had been thinking about a cycle of songs to do with drugs and the effects they have on people. The rest of the PRiDE, however, were sceptical when he threw the idea on to the table.
‘If there’s one thing bores the crack off me,’ said Hands, ‘it’s having to listen to some whining bastard of a tit-head whinge on about how the drugs fucked up me life. I’d rather listen to old Zeddy there having his nuts whacked with a mallet for a jolly.’
‘That’s not what I’m on about, you twonk,’ said Rex. ‘What I’d like to do is come at it from the other side: songs where the drugs themselves are doing the singing.’
‘I’ll go to your head like the bubbles in a glass of champagne,’ crooned the Blackshadow.
‘Got it in one,’ said Rex.
‘That’s about as diddley a concept as I’ve heard in a twelve-month,’ said Mr Reindeer.
Diddley or not, it was enough to get the PRiDE up and running, and before long tracks were being laid down like sleepers on the Great Western Railway.
All but one of the tracks in the project are related to drugs - prescription, non-prescription and illegal - and the effects they have on people’s lives. Which particular drugs are being alluded to in which particular tracks is something open for discussion. However, there is a distinct possibility that the last track - a cover of the old Donovan song, ‘Mellow Yellow’ - just might be something to do with banana skins. The first track - ‘Bo’ - is not drug-related, but a tribute to Bo Diddley.
In honour of the great man himself, who had such a lasting influence on the music of the PRiDE, there was only one title for the project: Diddley.
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1-9 written by THE SPECTRAL PRiDE, ©2009 Bollockbrain Productions.
10 written by Donovan Leitch.
All tracks arranged and played by THE SPECTRAL PRiDE.
Recorded, engineered and mixed by The Knobster at the Bollockbrain Bunker.
Produced by Mr Reindeer.
℗2009 Bollockbrain Productions. Some rights reserved.
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