Vampires Stole My Lunch Money
|Vampires Stole My Lunch Money|
|Studio album by|
|Studio||Pathway Studios, London|
|Label||Logo - LOGO1010|
|Mick Farren chronology|
|The Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
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".
LA Weekly, in a retrospective article, called the album "a sonic car crash of self-degradation." 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."
All tracks composed by Mick Farren and Larry Wallis; except where indicated
- "Trouble Coming Everyday" (Frank Zappa)
- "Half Price Drinks"
- "I Don’t Want To Go This Way"
- "I Want a Drink"
- "Son of a Millionaire"
- "Zombie Line"
- "Bela Lugosi" (Farren, Andy Colquhoun)
- "People Call You Crazy" (Farren, Andy Colquhoun)
- "Fast Eddie" (Farren, Andy Colquhoun)
- "Let Me In, Damn You"
- "(I Know From) Self Destruction" (Farren)
- "Drunk In The Morning"
- Dave Goodman - executive producer
- Chas Herington - engineer
- Pearce Marchbank - photography
- Allmusic review
- Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 3: MUZE. p. 399.CS1 maint: location (link)
- Weber, Bruce (July 31, 2013). "Mick Farren, British Rock 'n' Roll Renaissance Man, Dies at 69" – via NYTimes.com.
- "Remembering Mick Farren". Los Angeles Times. July 29, 2013.
- "Give the Anarchist a Cigarette". LA Weekly. November 21, 2001.
- "Mick Farren". Trouser Press. Retrieved 1 August 2020.