• This session was the 21st-24th of December 1991, or thereabouts.I was intensely depressed, on and off, for a number of days after this recording. It was Emily’s first Christmas and we lived in a house in Dalkey with an amazing view of the island and the sea.Christmas morning I think, It was typically chilly, the house was ancient and precious, and I went to get some clothes.The door of the above section of the old hotpress had a habit of swinging open and as I stood up and whacked my head off of it, in a rage I slammed it shut. This resulted in a rain of broken glass down on top of me and Emily’s clothes. In that moment I realised that something more was wrong than the typical exhaustion of numerous days and nights in the studio.I had been deeply affected by listening to this song repeatedly during 3 days.

      At that time I cared very very much about the lining up of the 24 track and the lifting of the guitars while not masking the vocals and the getting the bass to sit well and the noise reduction and the levels to tape and the umf off of the kick and the gating of the hats out of the snare and the automating the mutes on the channels for the keeping of the noise floor as low as possible and all that, and then, really, you know..

      There were times when it all became “audio material” or some such and it was no longer music.

      What had happened to me was that I had spent a considerable amount of time listening to a song about child abuse without reacting emotionally to what I was hearing:

      No wonder you suffer
      I’m not surprised
      under the covers
      you’ve been denied.
      Everything you thought was real
      becomes a lie.

      The consequences were, exponentially monumental.

    • This is probably the best music I ever recorded

The Idiots – Father


About auldtapes

Recordings from the late 80's and early 90's, made in dublin and thereabouts, rescued from cassettes and DAT's found in me mum's attic. If you have a copyright type problem (you gotta be kidding!) with any of these recordings being online here, then contact me and I'll move them somewhere else :)
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11 Responses to Father

  1. Thats a fantastic song, thanks for posting it up. Did The Idiots have anything released?

  2. auldtapes says:


    There are a few recordings mentioned here:

    If you find them anywhere, send us a copy eh?

    When I was a kid, every time a general election came round, at some point I would get me mum to stop the car and pull down a couple of posters on the way home from school. then we would hang them up in the back garden and me and my older sister would entertain ourselves of an afternoon making mudballs and flinging them at the fake smiley faces.

    And yes, it is a fantastic song, isn’t it? I don’t know what happened to it.

  3. Payne says:

    A song called “Father” about child abuse from the early 90’s. This deserves to be the anthem for the protest against The Murphy Report. Release it on iTunes and get it to number one in Ireland. Great tune.

  4. auldtapes says:

    fecj yeah, Payne, I like your attitude.

    irish elections – I have an Idiots track called “I should go” that I downloaded at some point from one of the irish music sites, I think it was from irishmusiccentral.com which is currently semi-closed pending renovations, which reminds me, i’ll throw this out there.. wouldn’t it be good to pool the info out there on irishmusiccentral and irishrock.org and anywhere else and make an interactive wiki type site? or would it?

    There are a couple of tracks out there as mp3, seek and ye shall find, there’s that track and another one called “Slow”.

    • Payne says:

      Hey, is there any chance you could post those other The Idiots tracks up here? Would love to hear them, I love the other tune. Very ironic they also have a track called “I should Go”. You can add that one to the campaign and dedicate it to the Bishop of Limerick.

      The Big P

  5. auldtapes says:

    Ya, i kinda want to keep this blog to stuff that i was involved in in some way or other. ah g’wan don’t be lazy, google it.. or go here http://beemp3.com/download.php?file=2106627&song=Slow

    And yeah, i’d dedicate it to rome.

  6. Brian says:

    Thats amazing..I never thought I’d hear that again…
    I remember the session..I remember it being difficult..
    I can hear why now..its the arrangement..
    Unbelievable, I forgot so much of the actual song tho..I’ve just heard it for the first time in 10 or 15 years..Never forgot the lyrics..except for the ‘My temple my throne, everything i’ve known…’etc…I forgot those..
    To see your words about that recording has made me feel proud..if thats the right word..like I know that this song is partly why I felt defeated..I really felt nobody gave a fuck and that you could really do some serious damage to your health by reaching so far in and then try express it..its a real emotion from real experience..i dont know..this is wierd..it means alot to read what youve said and i dont know how to react except thank you
    Brian Idiot..p.s..i have a few recordings of a few bands i did on 8track casette around that time
    ..Female Hercules..Luggage..Idiots..want to expand your idea … might be nice to meet up and dust off these tapes…

  7. david long says:

    It’s been twenty odd years since I heard this amazing song…
    made by three beautiful people…
    “everything you taught was real becomes a lie”
    What a joy it would be to hear this song on the radio
    david long

  8. Link no longer working…. any chance you could upload it again to send it on to the fanning sessions site . Its a really fantastic song. Thanks

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