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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Ain't Ringing

Image from the Secret Seven single, Hold On To Love.

Following the 1995 demos, which we've published here recently, another 1995 track that has come to light is a re-recording of Still It Doesn't Ring. This is one of the less in-yer-face tracks on Nobody's Perfect; Mike Finney forlornly waiting all night by the phone for a call that never comes. On the album this is accompanied by pleasant jangling guitars, a gentle drum arrangement and some understated backing vocals. The 1995 version improves on this with more forceful guitars driving the song from Steve Perrin and the rhythm section of Nick Garside on bass and Bernard Van Den Berg's drums brought forward. As the 1995 demos demonstrate, Finney's voice has got even better as time goes by and his delivery in the 1995 version of Still It Doesn't Ring sounds genuinely hurt and heartfelt. We look forward to publishing the 1995 version properly, so watch this space...

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