the birds poisoned bread
in the square beneath my place of birth
people die, so will i
cut and dried and empty and quite alone
TWO TRACK 7" ON ROUGH TRADE. CAT NO. RT185.
side a) Birthday Girl
side b) Harmony Time
THREE TRACK 12 INCH ON ROUGH TRADE. CAT NO. RTT185.
side a) Birthday Girl
side b) Harmony Time, Money For The Trams.
a couple of weeks before the launch of 'Clock Comes Down The Stairs',
the single was far from successful. Even so, 'Birthday Girl' remains one
of Microdisney's most well known records. A song about death that is not
so much suicidal as angry. It always reminds me, with fondness, of Cathal
Coughlan's disposition to inform his audiences 'I wish I was FUCKING DEAD'.
(See 'Clock Comes Down The Stairs' for a longer review).
on the record to play
Birthday Girl in Realudio.
'Harmony Time' gets the award for the best Microdisney
B-Side of all time. A wonderful song which, along with 'Birthday Girl',
highlighted perfectly how Microdisney could play upbeat poppy songs without
losing any of the message. Reflecting increasingly self-interested times,
it bemoans the breakdown of community.
if you want
luncheon in your lap
knife your neighbour in the back
if you don't do it somebody else will
There's bitterness too for the comfortable middle class, the people moralising
about the lives of those hit by the very hardships that their middle class
society had created.
i pay my
debts every one
i don't take drugs and i don't get drunk
You can see an appallingly bad Realaudio video of 'Harmony Time' here
taken from a live concert. Blame the software, blame the original recording,
blame the video player, but don't blame me.
'Money For The Trams', by contrast to the other two songs, provides a
similar style ending as '464' on the previous single. It may make the
point that Microdisney are not just a pop band, and it shows their need
to highlight their anger, to not be misunderstood. As a song though it
has very little value consisting mainly of disjointed noise.
'Harmony Time', unavailable elsewhere, makes this a compulsory purchase
as does the sentimental need to own a song like 'Birthday Girl' in it's
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