This Heat – Deceit
I don’t know if I’ve already shared this, but even so it is such a fantastic record it deserves to be heard again and again and again. I found a cheap copy of the vinyl sometime in the last two weeks, which made me so, so happy. I know I normally don’t side with the folks at Dickfork about anything, but they ranked this somewhere near the twenty best records of the ’80s, and even though I think it might be one of the ten best, at least they knew well enough to include it on their list.
“In a 1991 interview, Charles Hayward explained that the threat of nuclear warfare motivated the band and provided the album with an underlying theme: “The whole speak, ‘Little Boy’, ‘Big Boy’ [sic], calling missiles cute little names. The whole period was mad! We had a firm belief that we were going to die and the record was made on those terms.â€¦ The whole thing was designed to express this sort of fear, angst, which the group was all about really.” The album’s subject matter also deals with war and imperialism. The cover art reflects these concerns and includes a photomontage of images such as mushroom clouds, thematic maps depicting nuclear arsenals, and photographs of Ronald Reagan, Leonid Brezhnev, and Nikita Khrushchev.
As with other This Heat recordings, much of the album was recorded at Cold Storage, a disused refrigerated storeroom at a former meat pie factory in Acre Lane, Brixton, England. The music included new improvisations, along with songs the band had been playing during live performances (portions of these songs were culled from actual concert recordings). As Hayward describes, “some of the album was really plush sounding, some dim and pokey. Sometimes it would sound like the machinery was breaking up. We deliberately would make it sound as though the record player was exploding.”
During the 1990s, intermittent availability made Deceit a rarity and a collector’s item among fans. In 2006, This is (a Recommended Records imprint) released a remastered version of Deceit as part of the 6-CD Out of Cold Storage box set. This is also released the album as a separately available CD.”
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