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OUT OF HIS HEAD

Out of His Head by The Subterraineans.
EP: Demo

OUT OF HIS HEAD
So you think you’ve got the right
The right to intrude on someone’s alternative world
There’s so much that’s of this place
Which you don’t understand

Leave him alone
He’s a good friend of mine
And I don’t care what he said

Leave him alone
He ain’t done nothing wrong
He just likes to get out of his head

Passing the time on the dark side of town
There’s nothing here better to do
Or we could be like you

There are some things we could all well use
There’s a whole lot more that your eyes can’t see
So just take a look outside
See everyone should choose

Leave him alone
He’s a good friend of mine
And I don’t care what he said

Leave him alone
He ain’t done nothing wrong
He just likes to get out of his head

Passing the time on the dark side of town
There’s nothing here better to do
Or we could be like you

Words by Dean Trotter.
Copyright ℗ 1986 Explicit Music.

Music by George Davies.
Lyrics by Dean Trotter.

Recorded, mixed and produced by George Davies at 31 Cowick Lane, Exeter, 1986.
Remastered at Wud Records Studios 2023.

Originally released 7th January 1987.

Performers:
Dean Trotter – vocals
George Davies – guitars, vocals
Jerry Peirce – bass
Graham Barbe – drums

Cover Art:
The cover painting is by an unknown artist. We have no idea what the painting is called or who it is by and would love to know. If you happen to know details so we can credit the artist for his or her awesome creation, please tell us!

The painting itself came from a street market in York in around 1984 and was given to Wud Records as a gift. They have always loved it. It seems to represent the spirit of Wud somehow, as they venture forth carrying their musical flag through the underworld, leaving a trail of music on the journey.

Fun Facts:
* This song is in the key of D minor.
* The lyrics were written on 3rd July 1986, according to an original lyric document.
* The guitar part had been composed a few months previously.
* George was very pleased that Dean was able to write some lyrics to complete the song as the guitar part pleased him.
* The melodic wailing towards the end represents the sirens of police cars.
* The drum solo represents the blows from fisticuffs, boots and truncheons that rain down from all sides upon the victims of police brutality.
* Dean wrote these lyrics very shortly after being shocked and horrified to witness his friend Jack the Frag being brutally arrested and beaten in Exeter High Street in broad daylight at around lunchtime for having a blim of hashish in his pocket.
* Dean himself had been attacked and brutally beaten by police whilst travelling to the unofficial 1986 Stonehenge Festival just a couple of weeks before.
* The previous year, the Stonehenge Festival was prevented from happening by the police.
* That incident became known as The Battle of the Beanfield, and the terrible and unnecessary police brutality was documented in the media worldwide.
* The Levellers wrote a song about the incident on their well known album Levelling the Land.
* A few weeks after this in autumn 1985, George was taken into the back yard of Exeter police station and assaulted by an officer for reporting his bicycle stolen.
* Police brutality was commonplace in England in the 1980s.
* A lot of people in those days referred to the police as “Thatcher’s Gestapo”.
* Fortunately the uk police are far better today than they were in the 1980s.
* Out of His Head was recorded using a Tascam 244 portastudio.
* A pair of Aria mics were used to record everything – an AM 60D and an AM 20D.
* For more info about these two mics, click here: http://www.muzines.co.uk/articles/aria-professional-microphones/5925
* The song was mixed to cassette on a Realistic SCT-60 twin cassette recorder.
* The serial number for the cassette machine is 05200319.
* Due to many years of cassette deterioration, the quality of this recording is not great.
* We have managed to improve a little on what remained.
* This EP was first released on 7th January 1987.
* Cassette salvage and digitisation performed 2008.
* Audio remastered at Wud Records Studios 2023.
* Graphics by Sam James and Blueprint Studios.
* Out of His Head continued to live on as a staple of Rough Terrain’s live set after The Subterraineans had folded.

Copyright ℗ 1986 Explicit Music.
Copyright © 1987 Wud Records.

Sadly…

Dean took his own life by suicide at the Clifton suspension bridge, Bristol, in 1994. He was just 29 years old.

Dean had no help at all from the uk medical profession or social services for his mental health, addiction and homelessness. If he had had some professional help he would surely still be here with us today.

All proceeds from sales of this album beyond 1 Euro will be donated to The Samaritans, who try to help prevent people jumping from that notorious bridge in Bristol. Don’t jump – things may not look so bleak tomorrow.

In Short and Sweet, Dean sings “Give me life” – we hope by keeping his songs in the public domain we are able to do that, just a little.

Rest in peace, Dean.

See also:
https://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/the-subterraineans/
https://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/the-subterraineans/demo/
https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/out-of-his-head
https://soundcloud.com/wud-records/subterraineans-out-of-his-head?in=wud-records/sets/the-subterraineans-demo
https://twitter.com/WudRecords
https://linktr.ee/wudrecords

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