Vampires Stole My Lunch Money

Vampires Stole My Lunch Money is a 1978 album by the UK underground artist Mick Farren.[3][4]

Vampires Stole My Lunch Money
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1978
RecordedMay 1978
StudioPathway Studios, London
GenrePsychedelic rock
LabelLogo - LOGO1010
ProducerLarry Wallis
Mick Farren chronology
Live at the Roundhouse 1975
(1975)
Vampires Stole My Lunch Money
(1978)
Previously Unreleased
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]

Farren had left music performance after his 1970 album Mona – The Carnivorous Circus to concentrate on journalism and writing. However, in 1976 he had the opportunity whilst in New York to record the single "Play With Fire"/"Lost Johnny" reigniting his interest in performing again. The Screwed Up EP followed in 1977, recorded for Stiff Records and featuring Larry Wallis, Paul Rudolph, Alan Powell and Andy Colquhoun.

Newly formed Logo Records approached Farren with the possibility of re-releasing some of his material but were delighted when he expressed a preference for recording new material. Retaining his band, minus Rudolph who had returned to his native Canada, the group recorded this album which featured guest appearances from fellow NME journalist Chrissie Hynde, Curved Air singer Sonja Kristina, former Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson and harmonica player Will Stallibrass.

"Half Price Drinks"/"I Don't Want To Go This Way" was released as a single from the album, followed by the non-album single "Broken Statue"/"It's All In The Picture".

Critical receptionEdit

LA Weekly, in a retrospective article, called the album "a sonic car crash of self-degradation."[5] Trouser Press called it a "solo masterwork," writing that Farren "dishes out a harrowingly honest collection of songs about drinking, dissolution, depression, self-destruction and desperation. About as powerful as rock gets, this nakedly painful LP is most definitely not recommended to sissies, moralists and born-again Christians."[6]

Track listingEdit

All tracks composed by Mick Farren and Larry Wallis; except where indicated

  1. "Trouble Coming Everyday" (Frank Zappa)
  2. "Half Price Drinks"
  3. "I Don’t Want To Go This Way"
  4. "I Want a Drink"
  5. "Son of a Millionaire"
  6. "Zombie Line"
  7. "Bela Lugosi" (Farren, Andy Colquhoun)
  8. "People Call You Crazy" (Farren, Andy Colquhoun)
  9. "Fast Eddie" (Farren, Andy Colquhoun)
  10. "Let Me In, Damn You"
  11. "(I Know From) Self Destruction" (Farren)
  12. "Drunk In The Morning"

PersonnelEdit

with
Technical
  • Dave Goodman - executive producer
  • Chas Herington - engineer
  • Pearce Marchbank - photography

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 3: MUZE. p. 399.CS1 maint: location (link)
  3. ^ Weber, Bruce (July 31, 2013). "Mick Farren, British Rock 'n' Roll Renaissance Man, Dies at 69" – via NYTimes.com.
  4. ^ "Remembering Mick Farren". Los Angeles Times. July 29, 2013.
  5. ^ "Give the Anarchist a Cigarette". LA Weekly. November 21, 2001.
  6. ^ "Mick Farren". Trouser Press. Retrieved 1 August 2020.