Beggars Banquet BBQ409CD: 10th September 2007
1. The Deception
“They said it couldn’t be done, and so it seems I proved them all wrong, a slight of hand, I have become the chosen one”
“My dreams are too big for my landlocked world to contain, here I sit with head in hands, I sing elegies to lessons I will never learn”
As with most iLiKETRAiNS releases, the songs are of a historical nature and relate directly to each other. The subject of this song cycle being the varying fortunes of three competitors in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe boat race to circumnavigate the globe non-stop. I recognise that iLiKETRAiNS’ darkly brooding, history-book-scouring drone-Rock mightn’t be to everyone’s taste, but I adore it.
‘The Deception’ chronicles Donald Crowhurst’s attempt to fake his positions in the race, his declining mental condition and his presumed suicide. ‘Joshua’ was the boat belonging to Bernard Moitessier’ who withdrew from the race (Which he was leading) because he saw it becoming too commercial but sailed on regardless, non-stop for a few months. ‘Victress’ was Nigel Tetley’s boat which sank when he pushed it too hard because he thought Crowhurst was going to beat him (If he’d taken it easy he would’ve presumably won). Tetley committed suicide three years later while preparing to re-attempt his circumnavigate of the globe.
iLiKETRAiNS – Terra Nova mp3 (About Scott’s doomed Antarctic expedition)
iLiKETRAiNS – Fram mp3 (Companion piece to ‘Terra Nova’)
iLiKETRAiNS – I Am Murdered mp3 (Companion B-side to album track ‘Spencer Perceval’)