Bad Mood Guy

by Severed Heads

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Nicholas de Lioncourt (real)
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Nicholas de Lioncourt (real) Discovered Severed Heads in mid-1980 when I followed Tom Ellard's name from Skinny Puppy's "Assimilate (R-23)". My copies are the CDs with Steven Gilmore's art (who also created classic Skinny Puppy covers - 1987 CFAM the best). The track "Hot With Fleas" has nostalgic value.

If I own the CDs, why buy these again? Simply to support the band... Favorite track: Hot With Fleas (original).
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nf_orange Yep, without doubt the darkest Sevs Album. I think I can hear the mentioned trouble of the time in every song. Perfect for post-breakups. Favorite track: Canine.
Pat McCarthy
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Pat McCarthy First Severed Heads album I ever heard - bought it on LP 1990, while in college. (Still have the LP, still like listening to the original tracks in that order. And still a fan of Steven Gilmore's darkly brilliant cover art!)

BTW, Tom Ellard's backstory on this album is an interesting read. I had no way of knowing it as a college kid going into a record store with a thirst for Nettwerk vinyl. But it gives the lyrics of the original ten tracks a whole new level of meaning.
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Canine 05:07
Nature 10 03:13
Contempt 03:06
Bad Mood Guy 02:44


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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