This, regrettably, is the only VdGG single that I bought at the time,
seen above in it's UK release cover. The track didn't appear
on any UK released albums, but did appear on Pawn Hearts, as released in the USA.
See the article and interview in Sounds from January 1972.
The Italian version.
Jamie Fogg's Italian jukebox version.
(Leon Russell's "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" on the other side)
The French version.
Another of Jamie's - nice hat Hugh!
"Theme One came about initially as a rehearsal knock-about by the others, being a groovy toon, gradually became a part of our sets, and finally...as there seemed no real place for it on an album...a single...also because we felt it stood a chance of getting through to people not normally exposed to us, and perhaps pulling a few of them round!! It could be regarded as a sell-out, a cop-out from our usual self, but then it's bad if you're always your usual self, but deadly to take yourself too seriously all the time. I guess the nature of your coming to hear it indicates some level of success. Incidentally it's got f*** all to do with me apart from authorisation...I wasn't even there when it was recorded!!" Peter Hammill, from a personal letter to Jem Shotts, 24th April 1972.
Peter Hammill, from a personal letter to Jem Shotts, 24th April 1972.
" ' w ' is intuitive universal, and it is therefore appropriate that, over the years, it should have been treated with sounds from bagpipes to the bleeping of space beacons.
Peter Hammill, from Killers, Angels, Refugees (1974).