HNBL 1305 Purity of Essence
Arranged by The Rumour
Released on July 1980
no chart information
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HNBL 1305 cover
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P urity and a paucity of pop’s good fortune (plus a terrible name) kept them on the fringes which is where (you’ll say) a backing band belongs. Only The Rumour weren’t a backing band any longer and had been in bands longer than the acts they backed. They weren’t the Attractions but Rockpile; not Graham Parker’s band but Brinsley’s (now that Bob had bolted). They were Deaf School, Ian Gomm and all the little P pub rock stars who snuck into the tent under the new wave amnesty. Purity of Essence is not their finest hour, but it’s a pretty good forty minutes. Brinsley brings the power of the Schwarz to bear on a trio of winners: “Tula,” “Writing In The Water” and “More Than She Will Say.” Andrew Bodnar delivers “Houston” (my favorite track on here), Goulding and Belmont impress with “Name And Number” (an anthem in the making) and “Falling In Love With A Dream” (which should have been the single). Friends in Lowe places (Nick, Glen Tilbrook, Clive Langer) underscore the pub rock pedigree, cover tunes (Randy Newman’s “Have You Seen My Baby?,” “Rubber Band Man”) expose the lack of a prolific writer. You don’t need to own Purity of Essence any more than you need to own every Elvis Costello album. But somewhere is a voice saying `What’s so funny ‘bout owning every Elvis Costello record?’ and that voice will understand if you turn to Purity too. You really can’t help but root for The Rumour: unshaven and awkward and hopelessly overmatched by the well-tuned titans of industry. But songs like “Tula” and “Name And Number” are sneaky-smart, mosquito bites that the industry suffers because it likes to scratch. Every time that a band like The Rumour releases a record, an angel gets its wings. You don’t get rich making music like this, but you make the world a richer place.

HNBL 1305 back cover
HNBL 1305 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. TULA    (Brinsley Schwarz)    3:21
  2. I DON'T WANT THE NIGHT TO END    (Nick Lowe)    2:31
  3. WRITING IN THE WATER    (Brinsley Schwarz)    3:40
  4. ALL BOYS LIE    (Clive Langer)    2:48
  5. HAVE YOU SEEN MY BABY?    (Randy Newman)    3:30
  6. RUBBER BAND MAN    (Linda Creed/Thomas Bell)    4:13
  7. MORE THAN SHE WILL SAY    (Brinsley Schwarz)    3:57
  8. HOUSTON    (Andrew Bodnar)    3:00
  9. FALLING IN LOVE WITH A DREAM    (Stephen Goulding/Martin Belmont)    2:38
  10. DEPRESSION    (Glenn Tilbrook)    3:06
  11. IT'S GONNA WORK OUT FINE    (Joe Seneca/J. Michael Lee)    3:30
  12. NAME AND NUMBER    (Stephen Goulding/Martin Belmont)    2:59

    UK track listing
  13. LITTLE RED BOOK
  14. I DON'T WANT THE NIGHT TO END
  15. HAVE YOU SEEN MY BABY?
  16. FALLING IN LOVE WITH A DREAM
  17. TULA
  18. WRITING IN THE WATER
  19. HOUSTON
  20. I THINK IT'S GONNA WORK OUT FINE
  21. MORE THAN SHE WILL SAY
  22. PYRAMIDS
  23. THAT'S THE WAY THE BALL ROLLS

    CD reissue bonus track
  24. NAME AND NUMBER

    JPN CD reissue bonus tracks
  25. I WANT YO MAKE YOU VERY HAPPY
  26. CALL OF THE FAITHFUL

CREDITS

MARTIN BELMONT -- guitar, vocals
ANDREW BODNAR -- bass
STEPHEN GOULDING -- drums, vocals
BRINSLEY SCHWARZ -- guitar, vocals
John Wood and Bill Gill -- engineers
Davies and Starr -- photography
Steve Simels -- gossip
M&Co. New York -- design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK July 1980 Stiff LP SEEZ27  
US 1980 Hannibal LP HNBL 1305  
GER 1980 Stiff LP 624450  
FRA 1993 Stiff CDX STIFFCD14 w. bonus track
US March 25, 1997 Gadfly CDX 227 w. bonus track
JPN   Stiff CDX VICP-63344 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

The Last Word

"We split up in '81. Graham had called a temporary but lengthy halt, we had carried on without him and Bob Andrews, made another album and done some touring work and I guess it just became time to do something else." -- Brinsley Schwarz on the demise of The Rumour. (Source: Mondo Guitars interview, 10/2004.)

 

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