Severed Heads ‎– Clifford Darling, Please Don't Live In The Past

Ink Records ‎– INK 16D
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Advertisement
A2 Prototype Pop
A3 Exiles Excerpt
Guitar, Written-By – John Laidler
A4 A Day In The Country
A5 Elephant Decibels
A6 Power Circles
B1 Alaskan Polar Bear Heater
B2 Umbrella
B3 J. Edgar Hoover
B4 Blame
B5 Meanwhile, Back At Exiles...
Guitar, Written-By – John Laidler
B6 Dance
C1 Saturday Night
C2 Man Dat Hip
C3 An American In Paris
C4 Tarzan's Grip
C5 That That Revolves
C6 Special Day
D1 Malt Duck
D2 Never Fall In Love
D3 Nazi Beach Party
D4 A Relic Of The Empire No. 2
D5 Tiny Fingers
D6 Sydney Quads & The Megascope Space Probe
D7 Play It Again
D8 Carry My Books
D9 Nightsong
D10 Car Ad

Companies, etc.


  • Artwork [Sleeve Image]Stephen Jones (3), Tom Ellard
  • Computer [Home Computer], Keyboards, Loops [4 & 8 Track Loops], Turntables, Piano [Toy], Effects [Noise Gates], Voice, Drum Machine [Rhythm Machines]Tom Ellard
  • Loops, Instruments [Toy], TurntablesRichard Fielding
  • Loops, Turntables, Noises [Noise Generators, F111 Fighter/bomber], Sequenced By [Sequencers], Voice, Loops [4 & 8 Track Loops]Garry Bradbury
  • Mastered ByPorky (5)
  • Mastered By [Digital Remaster]Bradbury*, Ellard*, Keevil*
  • Written-ByGB* (tracks: A1, A5, B1 to B3, C3 to C6, D6), RF* (tracks: A3, B5, D1 to D4, D7 to D9), Severed Heads, TE* (tracks: A2 to C6, D3, D5, D9, D10)


Obscure snippets recorded 1979-1983.
Source tapes reprocessed onto digital master at Terse Tapes September 1985.

B6, D6 to D8: 79
D3 (recorded live at I.C.E. 17.9.80), D10: 80
A2, A3 (recorded live at Exiles 7.8.81), A4, D5, D9 (recorded live at I.C.E. 3.1.81): 81
A1, A5 (recorded live at Stranded 4.7.82), B1, B2, B3 (recorded live at the Kilayoni Club March 82), C1 to C6, D1, D2, D4: 82
A6, B4: 83

Red Flame Music / Virgin Music Ltd.
℗ & © Ink Records 1985.
Ink. P.O. Box 927, London W3 6VB
Ink is a division of Red Flame

Includes an 11" square insert with credits printed on one side.

Sides B and D each have a side-long locked groove, so the tracks B6 and D10 both end with a loop that repeats endlessly.

Track B5 is listed on the sleeve & centre labels without a comma, and track D4 is listed on the sleeve & labels without the "No. 2". The insert shows the full titles.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): MPO INK 16D A¹ A PORKY PRIME CUT.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched): MPO INK 16D B¹ A PORKY PRIME CUT.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, etched): MPO INK 16D C¹ PORKY.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, etched): MPO INK 16D D¹ A PORKY PRIME CUT.


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June 19, 2020
edited 3 months ago
Surely one of the masterpieces of experimental Sample&Loop music. I saw them live with this music in Aachen, Germany, in a big disco that presented an 'EBM' night. Two guys with slim keyboards, only silhouettes against the videoscreen in the back. Very hard, very straight, very tough. Fantastic sound, hypnotic rhythms, not necessarily 4/4. In the local papers they were described as electronic musicians using 'a universe of loops'. Right. This 2xLP contains the studio versions to my live experience, the pure thing. A wild and intense collection of early electronics.


January 8, 2017
Just---odd. Tuxedo Moon meets The Residents meets synth pop like Depeche Mode. Sounds good to me!


October 9, 2016

"Dance" (B6) leads into one of the most brilliant and nerve-wracking endless loops since "Sgt. Pepper".
Groovy in a perverted way.
You don't want it to stop.
And it won't.