Smallcreep's Day, Peter C. Brown, 1964
A novel, written by Peter Currel Brown
in 1964. The story is a satire
on factory automation
; revolving around the character Pinquean Smallcreep
Day in, day out, Smallcreep
works as a slotter
. He slots one piece of metal
into another ad infinitum
. He has no idea what finished product he's creating. One day, however, he decides to find out what he's making; and so begins his journey...
I have no personal experience of this book; but reviews
are mixed. Black humour
are the dominant features.
Smallcreep's Day, Mike Rutherford, 1980
A concept album, based on the book. It was released in 1980 by Mike Rutherford
, famous for his contribution to Genesis
and Mike & The Mechanics
. It has a combined prog
feel; less pop than Phil Collins
' solo work, less formulaic than Tony Banks
', and less prog than Steve Hackett
's - (we won't delve into comparison with Anthony Phillips
' Tibetan Yak Music
From the start, synthesised
flowing chord progressions
and soft arpeggios
are the order of the day; and Rutherford's beloved Moog Torus
bass pedals are ever present - and very welcome in my personal opinion. A truly monstrous analogue
sound which defies simulation
in the digital
In addition to the softer tracks, there are faster pieces, with the obligatory
guitar and synth
twiddles. It is this linking of styles, as well as emerging and recurring themes
which gains the 'concept' label.
- Between the Tick & the Tock (3:59)
- Working in Line (3:07)
- After Hours (1:44)
- Cats and Rats (In This Neighbourhood) (4:51)
- Smallcreep Alone (1:24)
- Out Into the Daylight (3:49)
- At the End of the Day (5:34)
- Moonshine (6:26)
- Time and Time Again (4:54)
- Romani (5:25)
- Every Road (4:14)
- Overnight Job (5:44)
- Working in Line - One of the two single releases from the album. If you could convert a celtic reel into a progressive-rock track, this would be the result. An unceasing driving rhythm section; along with vocals and soaring guitar solos.
- Out Into the Daylight - Rutherford proudly shows off his guitar skills, while massive synth pads and drums fill the surrounding space.
- Time and Time Again - A ballad, similar those of the same era in Genesis. Not particularly strong, but counted amongst highlights because this was the only other track to be chosen for single release.
: All words and music, guitars, bass.
The album was released on vinyl in February 1980, re-released in October 1986, and the CD issue was in June 1989. All have long been deleted.
It's worth a listen
if you enjoy
early 1980's Genesis
, and would like to hear what one third of the influence
sounds like, but probably not worth begging, stealing or borrowing
Thanks to Albert Herring for pointing out the existence of the book.