HOT CLUB MURPHY
12 MINUTES AT THE HOT CLUB MURPHY
Messthetics and Stewart Anderson's [Boyracer+++] Milk and Alcohol label are deeply honored to reissue 12 Minutes at the Hot Club Murphy in its entirety as a 7" EP, limited to 457 numbered copies.
The silkscreened sleeve reproduces the original front artwork (admitting there were many variations with different inks and cover stocks, and as the original screens and LetraSetting for the 12" wore out and were patched or replaced "on the fly")... There had never been musician credits til now. Adventurous, subtly-hued pop art from a Rosetta Stone line-up of post-Homosexuals / This Heat / Rock in Opposition squat savants. The full story is more complicated - and exponentially richer (as is the music!), but here's a short version of how 12 Minutes at the Hot Club Murphy came to be, in the words of Rob Storey, the one constant in 30-plus years of Murphy variations (Federation Murphy, Orchestre Murphy, The Murphy Love Experience, Murphy Patrol, Murphy Working Stiffs, Laboratoires Murphy, etc.): musicians performing on the EP appear in boldface:"We had made a start as the Good For Nothings in about 77/78 and played sort of punk rock music with a line-up of Catherine O'Sullivan, Bing Selfish, Rodrigo Lodwick, Seamus Luttman-Johnson, and Robert Storey. We soon got tired of the straitjacket of the 'punk' sound and started trying other things, 'fake jazz', more theatrical elements, improvisation and performance deconstruction - which resulted in some extremely antagonistic audience reactions...