Mark E Smith, Eleni Poulou
Your Future Our Clutter, Domino Recording Company WIGLP245 LP; WIGCD245 CD
[Original US release: Domino USA CD (CD-DNO-264) 18 May 2010 LP LP-DNO-264; 4 May 2010
Original Australian/New Zealand release: EMI Australia CD 6334242); 26 April 2010
26 April 2010
Group on initial recording:
Mark E Smith - vocals; Peter Greenway - guitar; David Spurr - bass; Keiron Melling - drums; Eleni Poulou - keyboards
First played at:
25 April 2010 The Warehouse, Aberdeen
Last played at:
5 June 2015 Lunar Festival, Umberslade Estate, Warwickshire
Number of known performances:
The following is from an interview with MES by Tim Cumming, in The Quietus, 24 April 2010 (full version here: http://www.theartsdesk.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1371:theartsdesk-qa-mark-e-smith&Itemid=30)
Cumming: Is "Weather Report 2" a personal song?
MES: Yes it is. It’s one of the later ones. It is actually the last song recorded. It’s fitting that it’s the last song on the LP. It wasn’t meant to be like that actually. It’s a lot of people’s favourite as far as I can work out. If I’d have had my way, actually, I would have had it more instrumental. The only reason there’s a lot of vocals on there is the way we recorded it, it was quite difficult. We did that in Salford with Ding [Archer] in his studio. So it’s like you’ve got to do it very quick. The idea of it was to co-op an acoustic track with a machine track. Then I reversed it. Then Ding said, "If it’s going to work –" I was going to sing bits and bobs over it, just joining it up – and he said, "You can’t do that because we need a vocal level". So a lot of that is getting levels. They are the lyrics for it, but the middle bits – they’ve come out very well, and the end bits, I would’ve chopped them out, but they work out very well. It’s good that I didn’t have too much of a say in the matter! [Laughter]
Cumming: It’s a haunting end to that song, that last intake of breath.
MES: That’s right, that’s not meant to be there. [Pause, then quietly] Bit strange, isn’t it.
Cumming: Is that the process of fortunate accidents, chance operations?
MES: Very much so, yeah. On that one definitely. It’s a sound experiment, with things about whirlpools and esoteric lyrics over it, and it turned into that. I’m very pleased with it.
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