Album: The Return of the Clerkenwell Kid
This is a reworked, expanded version of the album also known as “When Psyche Meets Cupid‘ (Kindercore Records, US), “When Cupid meets Psyche‘ (Dreamy Records, Europe) and “At the House of the Clerkenwell Kid” (Bambini Records, Japan) although each album has a different track listing and contains alternate versions of some songs. Partly this was to do with them being released in different territories, or our previous record labels (like Kindercore) going bust, or us signing to new labels (Six Degrees and PIAS) and partly it was sheer wilful perversity. It used to annoy me (still does) when marketing people would say: “You have to keep it simple, don’t over-estimate the public, give them one clear message” and so on. I like complexity, confusion, mystery, uncertainty, tracking things down, working out things out, things not adding up so I would intentionally set out to do the opposite.
One day I will try and post each version separately but for now, here it all is: The Story of a Love Affair from before its Beginning to after its End. If you are interested in the songs and how it came about, probably the best thing is to check out the podcast series made for this album: it’s all in there somewhere.
A version of ‘I Love the Rain’ is on the album. I like it although it is not the first. The original was one of the first The Real Tuesday Weld songs ever written, I think it was probably also the first Antique Beat song ever written and so probably one of the first Electro-Swing songs ever written. There are multiple versions out there but that crackly, original was used in a Chevrolet ad in the US a couple of years back. It was all over the place – even getting shown before the national baseball finals. We never made any money because the ad guy told us it was only for ‘local dealerships’ but still – I was rather pleased as it meant we met a lot more very nice Americans.
Our song Terminally Ambivalent Over You – a perennial live favourite – was on the original version of this album but got shunted to the later versions of I Lucifer. I got an email out of the blue one day from this Russian guy called Alex Budovsky saying “I’ve made an animation for one of your tracks, Do you mind?”.
I didn’t mind – so he sent me this (left). The rest, as they say, is history.