The Barman And Other Stories

Having been off-loaded by All The Madmen at the first opportunity - I don't think we were 'realising our potential' - Blyth became a part of the Midnight Music empire. This was a good thing, not necessarily from a fiscal point of view, as Midnight's supremo was almost as bad a businessman as Joseph, but from a musical standpoint, as that same gentleman was a brilliant producer/engineer, and set us on the road to that recording nirvana that is Fred Purser and Trinity heights. Basically, Nick Ralph taught us what to do in a studio. It may not be so apparent on 'The Barman', but the second Midnight LP owes its sound and life to him. February 1988. The second line-up went in to The Greenhouse, near Old Street in London. Nick liked to work into the small hours of the morning, and we did some great work with him before dawn during our Midnight phase. The Barman also features Steve Ardcorr's unique style, which gives it a character of its own. For the first time, while recording The Barman, it was like being in a band for real. Released on vinyl only, Midnight's bankruptcy saw Cherry Red get the rights to all their recordings. We will choke on monkey's sick before we pay them to re-make it, so it will probably never be released again. Unless you know otherwise.