|A5||Are You Happy?|
|B3||A Friend With A Big Mouth||3:25|
|B4||Goodbye It's 1987||4:12|
- Bass –
- Composed By – ,
- Drums –
- Engineer –
- Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica –
- Mixed By [Mixdown Engineer] –
- Photography By [Front Cover] –
- Producer, Engineer –
- Saxophone –
- Sleeve –
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- Viola –
- Vocals, Keyboards, Other [Plastic Pubis] –
Recorded in London, Summer 1985.
Made in the U.K.
Made in the U.K.
- Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout (variant 1)): DZIEN̅ DOBRY, NICK HOBBS! ROUGH 85 A–1U–1–1⥛2̸2 TOWNHOUSE
- Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout (variant 1)): I ONLY FELL OVER 10 TIMES TOWNHOUSE ROUGH 85 B–1U–1–1⥛
- Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout (variant 2)): DZIEN̅ DOBRY, NICK HOBBS! ROUGH 85 A–1U–1–1 ·· TOWNHOUSE
- Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout (variant 2)): I ONLY FELL OVER 10 TIMES TOWNHOUSE ROUGH 85 B–1U–1–1 ·· X1
- Label Code: LC 5661
|The Clock Comes Down The Stairs (LP, Album)||Megadisc||MD 7977||Benelux||1985|
|The Clock Comes Down The Stairs (LP, Album)||Virgin, Rough Trade||70419||France||1985|
|The Clock Comes Down The Stairs (Cassette, Album)||Rough Trade||ROUGH C85||UK||1985|
|The Clock Comes Down The Stairs (LP, Album)||Rough Trade||RT 85||Canada||1985|
|The Clock Comes Down The Stairs (LP, Album)||Rough Trade, Rough Trade, Rough Trade||Rough 85, VG 50167, VG50167||Greece||1985|
- The Clock Comes Down the Stairs was written and recorded at a point in the band’s life when they had moved from the relative rural merits of Cork to a London that was infested with yuppies. Lyricist Coughlan details a list of grudges against elements of society in general and the music industry in particular. The joy is in discovering how Coughlan welded such discourse (via literate, acerbic diatribes) to songs that chime and ring with large swathes of pop/rock melody.
Horse Overboard, Birthday Girl and Begging Bowl (to cherrypick but three) blend non-rock instrumentation and arrangements that see classical viola slug it out with country rock cadences – the latter of which echo the band’s love of fellow maverick Gram Parsons. Fellow ’disney player Sean O’Hagan, meanwhile, filters highly inventive guitar lines across songs that remain as gorgeous as they were nearly three decades ago.