|Sleeve - Front (Test Pattern)|
|Sleeve - Back (Test Pattern)|
|The sleeve opens up to poster -size: Left hand panel shows lyrics below Art Nouveau swan motif, overlaid onto cemetery image.|
|Reverse of sleeve - poster of collage by 10K.|
Central Ouroborus (cyclicality) and Scarab beetle (rebirth & regeneration), over microchip, over crucifixion, with western 'imagery' radiating out, also includes man working on circle of bolts and another man with chains. All bordered top and bottom by narrow strip of nature -sun set / rise over coast. Sun looks a bit like a light bulb, probably a coincidence.
Could you explain the collage that's in "Litany"?
|No inserts, but this one arrived with a patch, which looks the same as the one that went with the ''Triumph of Life'' Newcastle version, so maybe this copy was picked up on that tour?|
Tracks - A: Litany / What Could Have Been B: Colour Removal / Reset The Ride
Label: Test Pattern Records TPR 108 (1st & 2nd Pressings) Havoc Records TPR 108 (Later Pressings)
Matrix A: TEST PATTERN-108A - MPWMSLECQRYPQQAPCC
1st Press Matrix B: TEST PATTERN-108B 3=R
TEST PATTERN Version:
First Press of 1000 Mar 2004
Second Press of 500 Feb 2005
Third Press of 1000 Nov 2005
6 on Shampoo coloured vinyl (1)
First (4th) press of 3000 May 2006.
10 Test Pressings
No regular insert
White vinyl (Test Pattern)
Black vinyl (Havoc)
Shampoo colour vinyl (Test Pattern)
Limited Reptoid (Havoc)
|Front Covers - Left: Test Pattern (Cream paper, No Logo), Right: Havoc (White paper, Logo bottom RHS)|
|Back Covers - Left: Test Pattern, Right: Havoc (Record company details on bottom edge)|
|Vinyl - Side A: Test Pattern did the first two pressings on white vinyl. Subsequent pressings by Havoc on black vinyl|
Limited 'Reptoid' Version:
From the owner of copy # 3/3: ''I bought it from Felix Havoc of Havoc Records at Chaos in Tejas in 2006. I was standing at his merch table, browsing with a friend, when the guy next to us asked if there was any special edition of the Litany ep repress that Havoc had just released. Felix responded that there wasn't, at the band's request, and the guy said that was too bad because he'd buy it if there was. Felix pulled out a Sharpie, and wrote "LIMITED REPTOID PRESS #1/1" on the record and sold it to the guy for three bucks. My friend Mike and I indicated that we were now interested as well, so he numbered ours 2/3 and 3/3, respectively. So, strangely, the numbering goes 1/1, 2/3, & 3/3 for this "edition". The band had no knowledge of this taking place and, to my knowledge, it's the only "limited" version of the Havoc pressing of Litany that exists. The reason behind the reptoid business is because Felix was in the middle of driving the Swedish hardcore band The Victims around on tour and they'd been discussing and joking about the reptoid/reptilian/anunaki conspiracy in the van.''
|One wet weekend it occurred to me to contact Felix and find out if he'd get the sharpie out and indulge a weird guy from the UK... It turns out he's The Best; here's his reply:|
Ok, sure thing, I don't remember doing this, but it sounds like the kind of thing I would do when bored at a merch table.
5/5 available HERE.
Record has third part of coded message etched into vinyl (see matrix info above).
From FU online store:
5th official release by the band and our first real EP. 4 tracks about repetition and cyclicality with more than willing nods to early UK punk and possible motorcycles. Most impressive, the sleeve folds out into a massive 12 panel collage pieced together by 10k Marbs a la Crucifix/Crass/Winston Smith. One of the most substantial singles in the discography. (3)