Bad Mood Guy was written during, and soon following, a flawed world tour in 1986 which was often soul destroying and in some cases career ruining. Despite the adverse situation, I was desperate to exit the IDM scene and to try to make music that was at odds with the growing cliches of 'electronica'. And the Volition label wanted to try to lift the band out of the home recording ghetto into a real studio. All of this ended up in a frightful mess.
In trying to avoid cliches, I was not able to find a better replacement - e.g. real drums didn't sound better than drum machines - and two days in a real studio wasn't better than a long time in a home studio. Racic's remix of Hot With Fleas brought the band straight back to IDM but at least it was a clear direction in the muddle. Almost immediately the band announced a version 2 of the LP, which was worked on in fits and starts over the years, then lost in a chewed DAT tape. The sevcom re-issue joins live recordings and demo versions to create what the album was trying to achieve before the confusion - it's a marked improvement! Still many people in America are fond of this album, perhaps due to a melancholy air.
released October 1, 1987
Mixed 1987 at CBS studios by Ellard and Racic.
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