Split Part 3 4. Split Part 4 5. Cherry red 5. A Year In The Life 3. Groundhog 5. Despite Tony's rather modest statement above, "Split" contains some excellent melodies which punctuate the album with precise regularity. After suffering a nervous breakdown which occurred some weeks after briefly experimenting with grass - "Split" was conceived from his experiences, the album was described as "The musical tremors of a disturbed mind" by one reviewer, and gave a musical soundscape of what happens when one is losing his mind - panic stricken vocals, twisting, screaming, thrashing heavily distorted guitar backed by relentless throbbing bass lines and crashing primeval drumming the sweats, scizophrenia, paranoia, confusion, panic, hallucinations, running scared, then the depression that follows.
Tony incorporated a Wah Wah pedal in to accompany the tremolo on his double-tracked guitar, adding to the distortion with great effect. Ken Pustelnik's pumping drums and Pete Cruikshank's throbbing bass including some very memorable bass lines provide a solid backdrop for Tony's meanderings, ending in a crescendo of crazed distorted electric guitar frenzy - an essential stage classic, allowing Tony free rein for his free form live improvisations.
The song "A year in the life" was inspired by The Beatles' "Day In The Life" about the passing seasons, "Junkman" bemoans the advent of junk food and the album is rounded off , just to let everyone know Tony still plays the Blues, a John lee hooker song "Groundhog", a perennial live favourite.
Friendzy Pastoral Future Black Diamond. Early In The Morning 3. Waking Blues 4. Still A Fool Bdd Daze of The Weak Times Express Man Natchez Burning Light Was The Day Darkness Is No Friend Soldier Thank Christ For The Bomb Ship On The Ocean Garden Status People Rich Man Poor Man Split A Year In The Life Junkman Groundhog Wages of Peace Body In Mind Music Is The Food of Thought Bog Roll Blues Death of The Sun Thank Christ for the Bomb CD.
Darkness Is No Friend 3. Thank Christ For The Bomb 5. Ship On The Ocean 6. Rich Man Poor Man 9. Back Against the Wall CD. Back Against The Wall 2. No To Submission 3. Blue Boar Blues 4. Waiting In The Shadows 5. Ain't No Slaver 6. Stick To Your Guns 7. In The Meantime 8. Masters [Import] CD. Express Man 2. Strange Town 3. Eccentric Man 4. Back Against The Wall 5. Split Part 4 6. Waiting In The Shadows 8. Light My Light 9. Me And The Devil Boogie Withus 4.
Fulfilment 5. Razor's Edge CD. Razors Edge 2. I Confese 3. Born To Be With You 4. One More Chance 5. The Protector 6. Superseded 7. This album of paranoid delusion and post-drug trauma was seen by its author as a straight account of a real event. As he said at the time: "I seemed to lose my entire personality … I never talked to anyone, because nothing seemed to be worth saying … I don't reach any conclusions - it's just … what happened, that's all.
Unlike other contemporary bands, economy of notes was not part of the Groundhogs agenda. On Split , more than any other Groundhogs album, they played in a shamanic whirling that shattered and scattered the beat around in several directions at once.
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Of course, by now the focal point of the group was Tony McPhee, singing in his distinctive fashion and ripping the blues out of his guitar with great long solos in the live arena, although they were kept more compact on studio recordings. All feature a solid rhythm section with McPhee laying down some spectacular guitar over the top.
Based around the misunderstanding and mystery of schizophrenia, Split takes a raw, bottom-heavy recipe of spirited, spunky guitar riffs some of the best that McPhee has ever played and attaches them to some well-maintained and intelligently written songs. The first four tracks are simply titled "Part One" to "Part Four" and instantly enter Split 's eccentric, almost bizarre conceptual realm, but it's with "Cherry Red" that the album's full blues flavor begins to seep through, continuing into enigmatic but equally entertaining tracks like "A Year in the Life" and the mighty finale, entitled "Groundhog.