Tones On TailPop

Label:Beggars Banquet – BEGA 51
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Goth Rock, Pop Rock, Synth-pop


A4The Never Never (Is Forever)
EngineerLouis Austin
B1Slender Fungus
B2Movement Of Fear
B3Real Life

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Manufactured in the UK
℗ & © 1984 Beggars Banquet

Recorded at Rockfield Studios, except tracks A1, A2 & A4 recorded at Beck, Wellingborough, and track A5 recorded at R. G. Jones.

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With printed inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): BEGA 51 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): BEGA 51 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 1): BEGA-51-A1. DAMONT MT.5
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 1): BEGA-51-B1. DAMONT MT 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 2): BEGA-51-A1. DAMONT MT. GA
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 2): BEGA-51-B1. DAMONT MT. KA
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 3): BEGA-51-A1. DAMONT MT. F
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 3): BEGA-51-B1. DAMONT MT. I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 4): BEGA-51-A1. ⥟ DAMONT 1 MT. E
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 4): BEGA-51-B1. - DAMONT MT. J

Other Versions (5 of 15)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Pop (LP, Album)Virgin, Virgin206 335, 206 335-320Europe1984
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Pop (LP, Album)Grabaciones AccidentalesGA-028Spain1984
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Pop (Cassette, Album, Dolby)Beggars BanquetBEG C51UK1984
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Pop (LP, Album)SMS RecordsSP25-5136Japan1984
Pop (LP, Album, White Label)Beggars BanquetBEGA 51UK1984



  • kguy2know's avatar
    Edited 2 months ago
    excellent excellent pressing. I picked ups a mint copy 1st pressing for 30 bucks, do not hesitate. I cannot believe this is going for so cheap
    • wsevans's avatar
      I have been surprising people with this band and this album for a while now, very unique album and full of interesting sounds and unconventional song structures, this pressing highlights their creativity and sounds fantastic
      • Somnium_Obmutum's avatar
        Edited 2 years ago
        Whether you (dis)like Gothic Rock or just unconventional music, this is an exemplary case of making thematically versatile, creatively rich, interestingly sounding album. Each song was deliberately composed to try out something new.

        Though the instruments used are typical for eighties they were in the hands of gurus. Electro guitar parts by Daniel Ash constantly create strong rhythm section, his vocals can be creepy, haunting, even punky if necessary - ideal for any of this album's song. Glenn Campling's bass and synths pin-point song's composition, side instruments and drums by Kevin Haskins does the same thing.

        Lyrics reflects various themes from dark satire to melancholy, anti-conformism, at times focusing on introspective, somewhat tragic things. For instance, "Real Life" and "Rain" are some of the most elegant songs about breakup or unfortunate love.
        "She said, time to crush this feeling
        Writing very long letters as soon as it rains
        Ooh, the rain"

        Besides, there is something unexplainably scary. "Slender Fungus" is so goth, that bats fly out of my mouth, when i mention it.

        And boy oh boi how cleverly they've used their instruments!
        - "War" has precise psychotropic synths as it's main component, perfectly suited for it's witty anti-war/anti-war propaganda text.
        - "Real Life" encapsulated that heavy sense of dread, when you heart got in a trap of a *itch.
        - "Slender Fungus" is full with cannibalistic sounds and analogies, it's a hardly explainable spooky song about otherworldly monster or maybe maniac: "Slender fungus kissed a fish inside a stolen jeep. Slender fungus eats".

        I do wish though, that this album have my favorite Tones on Tail song - "Twist". Either way you will be in for a ride with this fantastic infusion of creativity.

        • gavinlloydwilson's avatar
          "Rhythm Guitar – Juan Pedro Diego Ignatius Barraclough Y Valls" is incorrect. It should be simply "rhythm" and refers to a modification he made to Glenn Campling's synthesiser that resulted in the percussive sound used on the track in question. I refer you to an extract from an interview with Glenn Campling:

          SKot: Juan Pedro Diego Ignatius Barraclough Y Valls (aka Jordi Valls, probably known best for his work with Psychic TV and Vagina Dentata Organ) is credited with rhythm on “War”. How did he become involved with the group?

          Glenn: You’re kidding me! – Vagina who? JPDIBYV – AKA – our very good friend John Barraclough (for short). John is the perfect artist, mainly in sculpture, but always experimenting with anything he can get his hands on. He and Dan went to sax lessons together and on one occasion dismantled his Selmar sax just to see how it worked! He got it back together again but it was held together with elastic bands. One day I found him wiring up my Korg synth with the Bauhaus ‘claptrap’ (drum FX unit) and it just spun-off this great rhythm – which had to be used. It’s a ‘John’ thing!

          (GLENN YOU’RE SMILING – an interview with Glenn Campling of Tones On Tail)
          • Toco2009's avatar
            A dash of goth, but mostly pop rock with a 60’s psychedelic touch. I wouldn’t spend too much time on this. Move on.
            • xtianzombie's avatar
              An odd but very satisfying full length LP debut. The early TOT experimentation is on full view as well as the onset of L&R's pop psychedelia. The LP is presented, unaltered as CD 1 of the EVERYTHING compilation.


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