Bad Habits - Battles

I joined Bad Habits as a transfer from my band Go Crazy, who were having singer trouble and coming to an end as a result. Their bassist was leaving and we were all very matey, so it seemed a good idea to go and video one of their shows and learn their set from that. It certainly helped me to slot in and I learned to play the songs the way they played them, as they were not as faithful to original versions as some bands.

The band did a lot of shows around the North West, but we also ventured further afield to some rather nice places like the excellent concert-hall sized venue Henry's in Market Drayton and The Trumpet in Bilston - famed as Slade's local, though they were not around the day we played. Bad Habits did support Slade in 1995, however and our album 'Battles' was released to coincide with the tour.

Ian Edmundson / Bad Habits

A fair amount of the Bad Habits set was already in place when I joined them and it was good, high energy stuff on the whole and the band were great fun to watch live. We used explosives on stage and wore wigs and stuff for some songs. Radio mics for the guitars meant we didn't have to stay in a pub during a gig. Perhaps going across to the paper shop across the road from The Trumpet in Bilston while still playing was stretching it a bit, but it was all great fun.

The album was recorded by Pete Troughton at Studio Studio, Whitworth and was practically recorded live - we did guide vocals as we played the songs, then re-did them afterwards.

'Battles' was released on our own label 3AM Records. The label name came from the time we were getting home from recording and mixing sessions. The album was named after one of the songs on the album.

This is a very good representation of what the band sounded like live. It's a great shame we didn't record a second album. A number of live videos of the band exist - it's just a case of getting them transferred to DVD at some point.

Sharp dressed man
From the 1995 Bad Habits CD 'Battles'.

Ian McSherry - Guitar / lead vocal.
Ken Thompson - Drums.
Steve Aldous - Keyboards & vocals.
Ian Edmundson - Bass / vocals











I'll sleep when I'm dead
From the 1995 Bad Habits CD 'Battles'.

Ian McSherry - Guitar / lead vocal.
Ken Thompson - Drums.
Steve Aldous - Keyboards & vocals.
Ian Edmundson - Bass / vocals









Another brick in the wall
From the 1995 Bad Habits CD 'Battles'.

Ian McSherry - Guitar / lead vocal.
Ken Thompson - Drums.
Steve Aldous - Keyboards & vocals.
Ian Edmundson - Bass / vocals

Featuring the sped-up ending that we thought geriatrics like Pink Floyd would be unable to recreate.





Satellite.
From the 1995 Bad Habits CD 'Battles'.

Ian McSherry - Guitar / vocals. Ken Thompson - Drums.
Steve Aldous - Keyboards & vocals.
Ian Edmundson - Bass / lead vocal

Originally a hit for The Hooters. I can spot good songs. Ken wasn't keen on this one - again, it wasn't 'bombastic mighty rock', which would have been his preference. We played it through to get a backing track and found it was a little bit slow. With Ken not being keen on it, he stubbornly refused to play it again, preferring to move onto something else. We altered the tape speed up, thus inadvertently gifting Ken wth the tightest drum sound on the album.

Feel like making love
From the 1995 Bad Habits CD 'Battles'.

Ian McSherry - Guitar / lead vocal.
Ken Thompson - Drums.
Steve Aldous - Keyboards & vocals.
Ian Edmundson - Bass / vocals

The band  always played the song exactly like this, with a clean guitar on the verses, but instead of changing the sound on the guitar for the choruses, Ian played two guitars. The only overdub on the CD was the acoustic guitar on this track.


Battles
From the 1995 Bad Habits CD 'Battles'.

Ian McSherry - Guitar / lead vocal.
Ken Thompson - Drums.
Steve Aldous - Keyboards & vocals.
Ian Edmundson - Bass / vocals

This song was originally done by a band called Axe. Apparently Bad Habits seriously rearranged the song. I have resisted the temptation to seek out the original recording.





The Big Intro / Smoke on the water
From the 1995 Bad Habits CD 'Battles'.

Ian McSherry - Guitar / lead vocal.
Ken Thompson - Drums.
Steve Aldous - Keyboards & vocals.
Ian Edmundson - Bass / vocals









1999.
From the 1995 Bad Habits CD 'Battles'.

Ian McSherry - Guitar, vocals. Ken Thompson - Drums.
Steve Aldous - Keyboards + vocals.
Ian Edmundson - Bass / lead vocal.

Ken was always fond of Mighty Rock, so I couldn't play him Prince's original. He would have gone all politically incorrect and called it 'puff's music' and then would have flat out refused to let us do it.

This kamikaze approach that I applied to the song also works nicely. Ken nearly had a baby when he finally heard the Prince version, playing in a pub. Slower, sexy and far more funky. Not really his type of thing.
20th century boy
From the 1995 Bad Habits CD 'Battles'.

Ian McSherry - Guitar, vocals.
Ken Thompson - Drums.
Steve Aldous - Keyboards / lead vocal.
Ian Edmundson - Bass / vocals








Walk this way
From the 1995 Bad Habits CD 'Battles'.

Ian McSherry - Guitar / lead vocal.
Ken Thompson - Drums.
Steve Aldous - Keyboards & vocals.
Ian Edmundson - Bass / vocals







We will rock you
From the 1995 Bad Habits CD 'Battles'.


Ian McSherry - Guitar / lead vocal.
Ken Thompson - Drums.
Steve Aldous - Keyboards & vocals.
Ian Edmundson - Bass / vocals







Don't you forget about me
From the 1995 Bad Habits CD 'Battles'.

Ian McSherry - Guitar / lead vocal.
Ken Thompson - Drums.
Steve Aldous - Keyboards & vocals.
Ian Edmundson - Bass / vocals








You give love a bad name
From the 1995 Bad Habits CD 'Battles'.

Ian McSherry - Guitar / lead vocal.
Ken Thompson - Drums.
Steve Aldous - Keyboards & vocals.
Ian Edmundson - Bass / vocals








Whole lotta Rosie
From the 1995 Bad Habits CD 'Battles'.

Ian McSherry - Guitar / lead vocal.
Ken Thompson - Drums.
Steve Aldous - Keyboards & vocals.
Ian Edmundson - Bass / vocals






Mony Mony
From the 1995 Bad Habits CD 'Battles'.

Ian McSherry - Guitar / lead vocal.
Ken Thompson - Drums.
Steve Aldous - Keyboards & vocals.
Ian Edmundson - Bass / vocals








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