Crash (Eastenders RMX)

from by Dark Company

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Essentially this song is identical to Crash except for one extra track on the reel-to-reel machine.
All the samples were taken from the soundtrack of a single omnibus episode of Eastenders which was broadcast on British terrestrial TV during December 1991.
The sampling was done using the Alesis Quadraverb Plus, which has a maximum sample length of just 1.55 seconds.
This song was Alien Heat’s set opener, although sadly no recordings of the Alien Heat version still exist.
The key for this is Bm, and when George went to entertain the folks of Plymouth with his acoustic guitar he used to play this sliced together with another Dark Company song called Ulysses (which later became an Ug Brothers song called Paperchase).
This was the first song that Jeff played bass on for Dark Company.
All the guitar dirt is natural Marshall overdrive. George had just had the thing revalved and spent around 45 minutes playing strictly feedback, until Pete appeared and asked him politely to stop. The guitar parts were recorded shortly after that.
George and Richard wrote the organ part in George’s Haldon Road bedsit one day when Richard came to visit with his keyboards.
Whatever contributions Marc and Graham made to the writing of this song are now lost in the mists of time, although they receive a small credit here nevertheless.


No more candid picture shows
Just soap bubble opera’s shallow glows
They tell me it’s a story about my life
To just ignore what I don’t like
It’s so real I must live like that
Script in my pocket and a ticket in my hat

We gotta stop
We’re gonna crash
Life is money you can’t pay back
Life is money you can’t pay back

No more cracks in the temple walls
Next week’s episode will save us all
Your mirror becomes a TV tube
What was reflection now is a view
The face you see is not your own
It spends its time in someone else’s home

We gotta stop
We’re gonna crash
Life is money you can’t pay back
Life is money you can’t pay back

No more thoughts in a lazy way
They scream from the glass: “We’ll make your day!”
I believe it’s true because it’s on the screen
But you can only see what they have seen
We’re all plugged in to one beating heart
Life don’t begin until the programme starts

We gotta stop
We’re gonna crash
Life is money you can’t pay back
Life is money you can’t pay back

Words by Peter Greatorex. Copyright (c) Pig Pen Music 1990.


from Signmaker (remastered), released December 16, 2010
Lyrics by Peter Greatorex.
Music by Peter Greatorex/George Davies/Jeff Willmot/Richard Holloway/Marc Greatorex/Graham Barbe.
Recorded at Silent Running Studios, Exeter, by George Davies, December 1991.
Remastered at Wud Records Studios 2010.

Peter Greatorex – vocals
George Davies – guitars, Boss DR55A drum machine, organ, Wasp, samples
Jeff Willmot – bass



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