And Halloween is already upon us… so I trawled through the bag of greatest misses to find something suitably ghoulish… I found 3 candidates. They fall neatly into 3 of the main revenge fantasy categories… Victim fantasy, murder fantasy and a personal fav Power!
S.Rhatigan/J.F Morrison © 1997
This little country/slasher tune was inspired by some pretty extreme revenge/victim fantasies … The kind of fantasy a person might indulge in after they had been royally dumped. Come on you’ve done it haven’t you? Imagined you are the ultimate victim, literally killed by the betrayal, rejection whatever? Haven’t you scripted your own funeral? No? You’ve never pictured your ex weeping by the graveside guilt ridden, devastated, while you haunt your old life from beyond? Come on really?
So it’s just me then…
Stabbed was a firm favourite in our live set around 97/98 so we put it on the ill fated Big Stick mini Album.. I say ill fated because we didn’t succeed in getting distribution for it so it was only available at gigs or mail order. Do you have one of these extremely rare Cdrs? Not to worry, I will soon upload Big Stick and DIY to Bandcamp for download. JMJ how long have I been promising that!
A murder Ballad
Till The Morning comes is not so much a revenge story as a pre-emptive strike! In hindsight I can think of a few situations where I should have spotted the trouble coming down the line and made my exit far sooner than I did. A pre-emptive strike might have been a good course of action in one particular relationship which springs to mind, however I did get an opportunity to get some payback…
An ex of mine had been behaving rather badly while I was away on tour, which I pretty much knew to be the case. When I returned my flat was upside down, said ex told me thieves had broken in and trashed the place, apparently all they took was his video camera and some cash. I didn’t believe a word but could do nothing to disprove it… Some months later when I finally copped on and rid myself of the particular individual, I returned to the house we then shared while he was away to pick up some belongings I had left behind . There sitting on the table was the missing video camera. I couldn’t resist, I had a little look at the video inside. Perhaps it would be footage of happier times we had apparently had. But no, I was treated to a home-porn-movie, starring the man himself, attempting to retain an erection with a head full of coke, while some woman, couldn’t say for sure if she was professional, was fluffing him up so to speak. In a moment of complete clarity I turned the camera onto myself pressed the record button and laughed leaving a little message something along the lines of, “you sad fucker”…
It was maybe 5 years later I had a voice mail from the poor chap obviously watching back over his performance, quite perplexed and indignant, to say the least! Alls fair in love.
S.Rhatigan/J.F Morrison © 1999
One of my favourite revenge fantasies. Power. I’ll show you, when my luck changes when I get my chance I’ll dole out punishment you deserve… In reality of course when that day comes you probably won’t be bothered and maybe that’s the best revenge of all!
We had great fun playing around with John’s old Watkins Copicat at that time, which features on this track. It was horrendously unreliable, in fairness it was about 30 years old at that time and was held together with gaffer tape and elastic bands. I was often at Charlie Watkins workshop in deepest South London with pieces of the Copicat which he always managed to repair till the next gig when it would invariably fall apart again. One memorable visit was with my friends from Electroscope, John Cavanagh and Gayle Brogan, both vintage electronica buffs. John Cavanagh gave us our only BBC Radio One Session on his Rock Show after Late Developer was released, which was how we 1st met and became friends… Anyway, they were chuffed to meet Charlie, for them it was a bit like being a One Direction Fan asked in for tea by Harry or Niall or whoever’s mammy…. Charlie was in his eighties then, still making ground breaking electronic equipment. His big thing when last I saw him was a midi accordion!!!???
BTW Monkey was released on a fanzine compilation record, can’t find the record don’t remember the name of the fanzine… anyone out there know?
Also Rhatigan and Electroscope released a single on Lissy Records called Unhappy Soul. Truly a vinyl rarity, have you got it?