Martin Bramah is a modest man, despite being one of the best and most consistent songwriters to emerge from the UK's fervent post-punk scene. The original singer for The Fall, before it was discovered that Mark E. Smith could not actually play guitar, Martin wrote most of the original music for the first several Fall records - Rebellious Jukebox, Various Times, It's The New Thing, Repetition, No Xmas For John Quays - and was the last of the original members to leave. Later he formed Blue Orchids, who released records for labels like Rough Trade, LTM and Cherry Red.
During a lull in Blue Orchids activity in 2006, Martin decided to record a solo album for his own amusement, which he then made around two dozen copies of, making it among the rarest of all The Fall / Blue Orchids-oriented releases, and surprisingly, one of the best. With the exception of an overdub or two, Martin sings and plays all the instruments on the album. Nearly every song's a winner, from the opening put-down of Fall main man Mark E Smith, "The Fall Of Great Britain" to the closing "Necessity." Not quite rock, not quite folk, the album's simplicity and directness is stirring.
Few people were lucky enough to hear the original release, which Tiny Global Productions has restored, remastered and improved for its first ‘real' release. The vinyl version is a release and comes with a download card.