Yes, I’m supposed to be working. I was just having a cigarette (and still need to cut down some more) and thinking about a title for a thing, and my brain alighted on “Sleeping Gas.” Where did that come from, I asked my brain. It was a Teardrop Explodes b-side on a white-label 12″ issue of something or other by them that I bought in the 80s from the record shop in Rayleigh high street. It was on the b-side next to “Tiny Children.” Which I loved. I suspect I loved it more than whatever was on the a-side. This is a thing that often happened to me.
Like, I used to play this to people while hiding the sleeve and asking them to tell me who they thought it was. Obviously, I can’t do that here with a YouTube embed, but, seriously, it did not sound like them — until right at the end.
This was the b-side of “Running Up That Hill.” I had a girlfriend at the time who I strongly associated this with, and it still makes me think of her and smile.
B-side of “Victoria,” I think.
One of the more famous b-sides of the period.
I could go on for an extended period of time, but, yes, work to do.
B-sides. That was a whole thing in my life, way back when. Damn.