chad stuart & jeremy clyde
(the unedited CD liner notes)
Due to size constraints, the liner notes on the bonus tracks that were included in the booklet to the Electric Paintbox reissue of
Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde were heavily edited. Presented here is the unedited bonus track notes, and THREE ONLINE BONUS BONUS TRACKS.
The first two bonus tracks feature what might be called "The Other Side of Stuart & Clyde". These two songs clearly do not belong in the C&J mainstream.
In "Follow That Car", the protagonist is one of Jeremy's many fantasy characters. It's worth the price of admission just to hear Jeremy say "Holy Jumping Jesus!" The provenance of this track is a little uncertain, as Chad believes that it is a solo demo by Jeremy circa 1982, but Jeremy remembers recording it after Rocahire, and with Chad. I chose somewhat randomly to believe Jeremy, and to date this as a group demo in 1984. "Can't Come Back" was written for a British TV series by Guy Fletcher and hastily demo'ed in Guy's studio to meet a deadline. The series never got off the ground, and the demo was thought lost. It finally resurfaced in one of Chad's cleanouts, but unfortunately, this only surviving copy suffers from some tape damage. I'm happy we were able to include it, because Chad's singing never sounded like this, before or since! During this same session, Chad was also looking toward the upcoming album sessions, redemoing "Seascape", a song
he had been toying with for about five years. Sadly, the sound quality on the "Seascape" demo was such that it was considered unsalvageable.
The remaining tracks are a bit of a mixed bag, consisting of songs intended for the album, songs which edned up on the album, and a few more rarities for good measure. "Zanzibar Sunset", "Prison Without Bars", "Night In Fat City", and "B Movie" (uptempo) are 1982 Jeremy solo demos, prepared for the upcoming album sessions. Jeremy also recorded "How Many Trains" at the same sitting, but sadly it only survives in somewhat miserable sound quality, and was not considered for this release. The only track that didn't make the cut for the LP, "Prison Without Bars" is a humorous track in the vein of "Jailhouse Rock". The slide guitar on "Zanzibar Sunset" is sublime, and Jeremy's performance has a fragility to it that the released take does not. Several of these songs have interesting lyrical changes which illustrate the compromises that were later made with the material in the studio. In fact, going into the studio, "Night In Fat City" was still called "Looking For A Buffalo Gal". Here's your chance to hear these songs as they were originally intended.
Sadly, there are almost no surviving work tapes or demos from Chad's contributions to the album, so we've stretched the timeline a little to include two of Chad's gems. This demo of "Seascape" was recorded in 1978, shortly after the song was first written. This is a tantalising taste of a series of demos which Chad & Jeremy recorded in 1978, with a mind to reuniting. Eventually, it took Bob Heinlein's initiative and five more years to get a record into the shops. Electric Paintbox will release an album containing the 1978 demos before too long. Two other tracks originate from the immediate aftermath of C&J's reunion breakup in 1987. "Here Comes The Hurt Again" is an excellent uptempo number, originally written in 1989 for an ill-fated show called Uncle Bob's Hollywood Dreams Cafe. Both this and "Just Testing" illustrate once again that Chad has fantastic pop sensibilities, even if the 1980s synth sounds have not withstood the test of time!
Jeremy leads us out with a home demo of "B Movie" from the early 1990s. Jeremy conveys so much ennui and sadness in such a subtle performance that it is truly surprising that this was never meant to actually be heard by anyone. Perhaps Jeremy's muse was lamenting the missed opportunity to write and play again. Thankfully, more than a decade after these recordings, Chad and Jeremy are getting the opportunity to rise again.
The above notes were written before the decision was made to create an edited version of the track "Can't Come Back". It was felt that the problems with the tape were simply too distracting, and would lead to a lot of people thinking they had a faulty CD. But thanks to the joy of the internet, we can have the best of both worlds. On the CD is the
edited version, but by following the below link you can hear it as nature intended, give or take some nasty tape damage during the instrumental section. It is also sans handclaps, which Chad overdubbed onto the edited master in June of 2004.
Can't Come Back (unedited version)
Two tracks that were considered as a part of this rerelease, but which were removed at the very last second, are spoken word pieces from 1983. First up, there is the Jeremy interview which featured as the B side to promotional copies of the "Bite The Bullet" single. This was not included because it really isn't that good of an interview!
"Bite The Bullet" Promo Interview With Jeremy Clyde
Here is a desperate attempt to get C&J to play it straight during a recording session for a planned radio commercial for the album. Ironically, the commercial never aired, and was lost in the chaos that consumed Rocshire Records in late 1983, but this outtake survives because somebody thought it was funny enough to dub down onto a cassette tape. Thank you, whoever you were!
"Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde" Radio Spot Outtake
This LP was reissued on CD with ten unreleased bonus tracks in 2004. It's available only at electricpaintbox.com.
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