GO CRAZY

Coz I luv you / We don't want to go home
7" single

Toys In The Attic Records
TOY1
1991

Ian Edmundson

In late 1990, I decided to put together a 7" single, featuring my own recording of Slade's 'Coz I luv you' and Prince's rare b-side 'Gotta stop messin' about'.

I sought the necessary proper written permission via MCPS and the song publishers (Barn / Warner-Chappel) to release my versions of the songs. The permission to release the Slade song came back quite quickly and there were no problems, but the decision not to allow me to record the Prince song was taken by Prince himself and that refusal did not come back with any haste, as he was probably quite busy.

Oh well, he could have made some serious money, but it was his choice to refuse me. I do not really hold it against him that the world was deprived of hearing my take on his rarest release.

Holding back the tears, I trawled into the recording studio and set about recording the A-side. It needed to be ready for release in April 1991, for launching at the well-attended Slade 25th anniversary celebrations at Walsall Town Hall. I recorded the song entirely on my own, playing all of the instruments and absolutely everything you can hear on that track is my fault. I think the recording is a decent enough result, though it is one of the things I have recorded that I listen to least these days, as I would do it all quite differently now.

The b-side - 'We don't want to go home' - was a song I had written and kept up my sleeve for a while and when Go Crazy later became a full working band, with additional musicians, we used to play it on stage, along with a more faithful and manageable version of 'Coz I luv you'. I had recorded the song by myself during 1989 and, because I was friends with a local lad called Drew Wood, I was talked around to letting him sing the lead vocal on the b-side of the record. Drew's vocal was taped alongside my original and mine was faded down. With the gift of hindsight, I should really have just let him join in on the backing vocals, as I was funding the whole project myself and I ended up with a b-side that I didn't sing the lead vocal on.

I was in quite a rush to get a b-side together, due to Prince dragging his feet somewhat in getting back to me and that was the best song of my own that I had at the time. It was admittedly a fairly lo-fi recording, but a very spirited performance. It was a song that I had written with Slade in mind and it seemed like a good coupling to me.

We recorded videos for the two songs, which in the case of 'Coz I luv you' involved some friends standing around being honourary Crazies for the day, miming awkwardly in my attic studio and the b-side video was filmed in the back room of a pub. I had booked a village hall with a nice stage and lights to do a performance video, but the person with the keys didn't turn up on the day, much to my annoyance, so we hastily begged a room from the nearby pub and all proceeded to drink a lot, while we were there, so that video got really silly.

The drummer miming the drums in the videos below had a lot of fun at the time, but doesn't want his stage name attaching to any videos he hasn't uploaded himself now, as he considers himself 'a serious blues drummer' and denies his more interesting past. I am happy not to credit him with playing on any Go Crazy recording, as he never actually did play on any of them.

The original recording of the b-side song, 'We don't want to go home' with my own vocal:

As said, the record was released to tie in with the Walsall event and Drew and I met with Noddy Holder at Piccadilly Radio in Manchester one day before that, while he was recording his radio show. He sat down and listened carefully to the record and seemed quite impressed with both of the tracks. I noticed him smiling approvingly during the solo of 'Coz I luv you' where certain stereo-panned parts of the arrangement were recorded.

We performed the two songs on the day at Walsall. It sold respectably on the day and then by mail order. It turns up on Ebay every now and again. There are approaching 1000 copies out there.

More info at http://www.45cat.com/record/toy12


Thanks for the memory / Opus #1 for marimba / Wonderful tonight
Cassette EP
Toys In The Attic Records  
TOY C2

(1992)

'Thanks for the memory' was a follow up, released on cassette only. I only did this once the vinyl single had broken even and I had recouped my initial outlay, as I was determined to be a business-like Record Company Exec.

The song was accompanied by another gloriously silly video, recorded on that session in the pub back room. This was quite a complex song to record and again, everything that you can hear on that rather frantic track is me. The backing vocals at one point go 'Suck my cock, what's up Doc?' and that got it banned from hospital radio.

The second song on the EP was 'Opus #1 for Marimba'. This involved me playing the marimba parts on keyboard... again and again and again. It was never meant to be performed live. It was the most complex thing I had done so far.

The third song on the cassette EP was a version of Eric Clapton's 'Wonderful Tonight' with Drew singing. Seeing as studio time wasn't expnsive and production costs were negligible, this song made it onto the EP. I sped the song up and made it slightly more danceable than the rather funereal original. Again, a really silly video was recorded in the pub back room, but this plain illustration will serve, until a transfer is made.



The bangin' man / She did it to me
mp3 download
 
2005   

By this time, I wasn't working on music with Drew Wood, or any of the other guys who later joined Go Crazy (see them on the CV page).

I didn't record these songs with any stage performance in mind, so 'The Bangin' man' was embellished with strings to make it sound a bit more 'classical'. Being two more Slade songs, I decided to use the Go Crazy pesudonym again.

'She did it to me' was one of Slade's more enduring b-side songs that should have been a single at some point, but sadly wasn't. I briefly made both songs available as a limited free download in 2005.

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