Explicit Music is the publishing company that deals with Wud Records and all of the bands that come under the Wud Records label. Explicit Music is headquartered in Exeter, England.


Wanted to Be a Singer by Laughing Sun.
EP: Cander

Wanted to be a singer
In a rock and roll band
Back home where my zodiac lay
Wanted everyone to follow in my footsteps
See like me and be a part of my creation
Wanted the whole universe to follow
Especially my guitar and room to practice in
Wanted everything so shiny
With respects to you

Oooh I’ve wondered
Oooh I’ve wondered
Oooh I have wondered
Just what’s going on

And she breaks just like a little child

Words by Simon Miller.
Copyright ℗ 1982 Pok Songs/Explicit Music.

About This Recording:
This recording is from a bootleg cassette recorded nearly 40 years ago. The cassette machine was placed to hopefully capture as much of the sound as possible, whilst being in a convenient spot to turn on and off.

Although we have managed a massive improvement to the quality of the audio, there remains a certain amount of hiss and rumble and ambient noise. Traffic can just about be heard passing by on the main road outside from time to time. There are various shufflings of feet and papers, clickings of effects pedals and machines, and so on. It’s a very genuine recording, and we love it for what it is.

The audio quality was never going to match today’s squeaky-clean digital standards due to the nature of the source material. As such, we have come to embrace the remaining hiss and rumble. They are a crucial part of the organic atmospherics that contribute to making this EP such a special listening experience.

Simon Miller – voice, guitar
George Davies – guitar, voice
Marc Greatorex – bass

Music and lyrics by Simon Miller.
This arrangement by Laughing Sun.

Recorded live at 31 Cowick Lane, Exeter, 4th September 1985.
Remastered at Wud Records Studios 2023.

Originally released 12th September 1985.

Cover art by Pok.
Graphic design by Sam James.

Copyright ℗ 1982 Pok Songs/Explicit Music.
Copyright © 1985 Wud Records.

Fun Facts:
* Wanted to Be a Singer was one of the very first songs that Pok ever wrote.
* It was composed in late 1982 or early 1983.
* He once said that he considers it something of a mission statement for his life.
* It begins on an F major chord, is largely in the key of A minor, and ends on an Fmaj9.
* A studio version of Wanted to Be a Singer appears on Pok’s Anthology album.
* It was also performed by Fooog Dinboffin and the Release, and Now.
* It may have been performed by Now at their legendary Sidbury Colleseum show, although we are not sure.
* Marc plays Excaliber, his short scale Kay bass, and doesn’t know the song terribly well at this time.
* Nicky Ashby deserves an honourable mention for being Simon’s girlfriend at around the time of this song’s creation.
* In early versions he would sing “Oooh Nicki I’ve wondered just what’s going on”.

See also:
https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/wanted-to-be-a-singer-2 (Cander version)
https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/wanted-to-be-a-singer (Anthology version)