Little did I know I was having a very close encounter with the mysterious Blah Blah Blah as they were frequenting the same local pub that I would lurk around in, on the weekends. I eventually got to know them a bit and interviewed them for a local fanzine. One of the collective (I don't think they liked the term band) was related to Tony Smith (RIP) who ran a local studio where almost all of the insane picnic sessions were later recorded.
Frenzid Melon had just released "Stop acting like babies", Pete was off recording and gigging with Spasmodic Caress. I rehearsed with a couple of local musicians in what sounded like a very shambolic and pale imitation of the Groundhogs. That band later morphed into Ravin' Auto who actually released a cassette on Falling A, but I was long gone by then.
In the absence of any activity, Frenzid Melon put out a rather bizarre cassette called "Cosmic Peanut and other secret identies". This was largely a compilation of rejected material for the previous albums and sketchpad works for future projects. It had an impromptu feel about it and a number of different local musicians on some of the tracks. It was presented as a various artists compilation with each track performed under a different pseudonym.
Whilst I awaited Pete's return to the Frenzid Melon fold I carried on with some of the songs that we had started with John Horrocks (RIP) and chipped away at Ludi Funebres and a very different album which became known as "Telephone call at the edge of the universe". I am working on getting that out in the near future.
In the mean time ... Ludi Funebres is released on the 28th December 2019