Vinyl Inner Groove Messages

These are the mysterious words and phrases that appear on the runout groove areas of some vinyl releases (or in one case laser-etched around the center of a CD). Many of the messages are written by the vinyl (cutting) mastering engineers. The more obscure comments are often messages from the band. If you know of any others, or can provide more details or corrections to these listed, please contact me.

THE CHURCH

   Temperature Drop in Downtown Winterland EP (1982)

10" Carrere CAR(EP) 257 (UK)
  Both Sides: BILBO TAPE ONE

Bilbo is Denis Blackham, formerly at Tape One, now with his own mastering business, Skye Mastering.

   The Unguarded Moment (1981/82)

7" Carrere CAR 212 (UK)
  Both Sides: JA TAPE ONE
    JA is Jack Adams at Tape One.

7" Carrere CAR 257 (UK)
  Both Sides: BILBO TAPE ONE

Bilbo is Denis Blackham, formerly at Tape One, now with his own mastering business, Skye Mastering.

7" Capitol SX98028 (USA Promo)
  Both Sides: MASTERED BY CAPITOL / Wally

7" & 12" Carrere CAR 425 (UK)
  Both Sides: DAMONT

   Seance (1983)

All versions except EMI Parlophone PCS 7590 & Carrere 821 046-1
  Side A: Just sit back & LISTEN !
  Side B: (1st message) COOPER'S RULES O.K.
       (2nd message) IS IT OCCURING, BEEKEEPER ?

   It's No Reason (1983)

7" EMI Parlophone A976 (Australia)
  Side 1: MORE #??Z* GUITARS!
  Side 2: NOT A LOTA POX BRO.!

7" Carrere CAR 336 (UK)
  Side 1: BOPPIN' BOB

12" Carrere CART 336 (UK)
  Side 1: BOPPIN' BOB

   Electric Lash (1983)

7" EMI Parlophone A1034 (Australia)
  Side A: AH! MISTER NICK!

   Remote Luxury EP (1984)

EMI Parlophone BUG 5 (Australia)
  Side A: "IT'S A MMM ... MENTAL BLOCK"
  Side B: "THE REAL CHURCH"

   Persia EP (1984)

EMI Parlophone BUG 430017 (Australia)
  Side 1: LUNCH LACKEYS LUG LIMITERS
  Side 2: ECHO'S OF GHOSTLY DOGS

   Remote Luxury (1984)

  Side A: "IT'S A M--M--M--MENTAL BLOCK"
  Side B: "ECHOS OF GHOSTLY DOGS"
  Side B: "THE REAL CHURCH"

Different pressings have diferent messages. Warner Bros 1-25152 has the first Side B message. Arista 209649 has no messages.

   Heyday (1986)

EMI Parlophone PCSO.430034 (Australia)
  Side A: I THOUGHT IT WAS TOBACCO THEY WERE SMOKIN'
  Side B: "YOUNG ENGLISH KNOB TWIDDLER MEETS THE BONDI BOYS"

"Young English Knob Twiddler" was what members of the band called producer Peter Walsh when they played pinball.

   Columbus (1986)

7" EMI Parlophone A 1728 (Australia)
  Side A: THAT WAS THE SEA, THIS IS THE OCEAN
  Side B: MEANWHILE ON A REMOTE WINDSWEPT ABYSSINIAN PLATEAU ........

   Disenchanted (1986)

12" EMI Parlophone 12 R6139 (UK)
  Side B: ALAN GET WELL SOON   KP

   Starfish (1988)

  Side A: INGREDIENTS: BLOOD, SWEAT & ZEUS JUICE
  Side B: HERE'S ANOTHER CLUE FOR YOU DROOGS, THE STARFISH WAS PLOOG

Not on Arista AL-8521 or Arista LAE 795.

   Under The Milky Way (1988)

7" Arista 109778 (UK) & 12" Arista 609 778 (UK)
  Both Sides: UTOPIA· MS. (with the "U" drawn as a lyre)

Indicates this disc was mastered at Utopia Studios (1976-1991) in London and cut on their Neumann VMS 80.

   Sing-Songs // Remote Luxury // Persia (2001)

CD EMI 7243 5 35583 2 1 (Australia)
... IT'S A GLUE

Laser-etched around the center of the CD, this message is a play on the name Vogiatzoglou.
Vicky Vogiatzoglou was the woman at EMI in charge of this and other Church remastered reissues that were released from 2001 to 2005.]


STEVE KILBEY

   This Asphalt Eden (1985)

7" EMI Parlophone A-1516 (Australia) & 7" Red Eye RED 13 (Australia)
  Side A: A KILLABEE PRODUCTION

   Unearthed (1986)

LP Red Eye RED LP 1 (Australia)
  Side 1: HERES ANOTHER CLUE FOR YOU ALL, THE WALRUS WAS STEVE.
  Side 2: SHOULD BE LISTENED TO IN THE BEDROOM+OUT OF IT

   Nothing Inside/Earthed (1986)

7" Red Eye RED PRO1 (Promo Australia)
  Side 2: KLIBUS

   Earthed (1987)

LP Red Eye RED LP 2 (Australia)
  Side 1: LADY, THIS IS ILLYRIA
  Side 2: DESPERATELY SEEKING NEUMAN
  Side ?: LADY, THIS IS NEWTOPIA

   Fire Down Below EP (1987)

12" Red Eye RED 15 (Australia)
  Side A: WAGGLE DAGGLER AND KILLER PRESENT
  Side B: KARIN IS A WOMAN WITH REASON:

   Fireman (1987)

7" Red Eye RED 14 (Australia)
  Side 2: MUBBY'S CHOICE

   The Slow Crack (1989)

LP Red Eye RED 15 (Australia)
  Side 1: KARIN IS A WOMAN WITH REASON
  Side 2: S.K. : REPTILE, AMPHIBIAN OR STARFISH?

   Transaction (1989/1990)

12" Red Eye RED 19 (Australia)
  Side 1: 12 INCHES OF KILBY
  Side 2: DO NOT READ THIS MESSAGE

7" Red Eye RED SP 20 (Australia)
  Transaction Side [Both sides are labeled "Side A"] in very faint letters: JEST US

   Remindlessness (1990)

2LP Red Eye RED LP 11 (Australia)
  Side 1: WE LIVE IN THE VOID OF METAMORPHOSES
  Side 2: $ILVER EVENING $HOT
  Side 3: CALLING DOWN BAAL AND ZEUS.....
  Side 4: IF YOU PLAY THIS RECORD BACKWARDS YOU'LL FUCK YOUR NEEDLE
 

These are also printed inside the spine edge of the 2002 Karmic Hit reissue tray liner, except the 4th phrase is altered:
IF YOU PLAY THIS CD BACKWARDS YOU'LL FUCK YOUR LASER


PETER KOPPES

   When Reason Forbids - A Requiem (1987)

12" Session Records SREP 001 (Australia)
  Side A: SANCTUARY SOUND

   Manchild & Myth (1987)

LP Session Records SRLP 002 (Australia)
  Side A: MYRIAD MIRACLES
  Side B: EMPIRE ROSE AND THE SURREY SECRET

   Iridescence (1991) [Peter Koppes and the Well]

12" Phantom Records PH12-49 (Australia)
  Side A: GOOD ONE BRUDDA!


MARTY WILLSON-PIPER

   Art Attack (1988)

LP Survival Records 462450.1 (Australia)
  Side A: Å
  Side B: LIFE'S JUST ONE BIG BUMMER!


ALL INDIA RADIO

   The Silent Surf (2010)

Inevitable Records INV012V (Australia)
  Side A: KK ALL THE WAY
  Side B: NOT A RADIO STATION


BELL JAR

   Beauty Was The Beast (1987)

12" Hot Records HOT 1232 (Australia)
  Side 1: YOU CUT THE ROSES BEFORE THEY BLOOMED / [a drawing of a flower]
  Side 2: SIMON SAYS "LIVE IS ALIVE" / "I HAVE NO HOME"


THE BHAGAVAD GUITARS

   Foreverglades (1988)

12" Red Eye RED EP 2 (Australia)
  Side 1: YES, BUT WHO PLAYED TAMBOURINE?
  Side 2: START PLAYING SILLY BHAGAS! / STAY

   Headland (1988)

12" Red Eye RED EP 6 (Australia)
  Side 1: A BASTARD! / A HUGE HIT! / V.G.
  Side 2: A THUG GAVE A BARD SHIT

   Party (1990)

2x7" Red Eye 877 770-7 (Australia)
  Side A: WHAT IS IT? COME PRETTY ONE.
  Side B: "CAVEMAN STADIUM" ROCKS
  Side C: THE KILLER TAKES ACID!
  Side D: POLY-FILLER


THE CRYSTAL SET

   Wholly Holy (1987)

7" Red Eye RED PRO 2 (Australia Promo)
  Side 1: HARPOONING!
  Side 2: HELLO SPACE....

   Who Needs Who Now (1987)

7" Red Eye RED 16 (Australia)
  Side A: ABSOLUTELY GRAY VOX!
  Side 1: POG!
The sides really are labeled "Side A" and "Side 1".

   From Now On (1987)

LP Red Eye RED LP 3 (Australia)
  Side 1: MYSTERIOUSNESS
  Side 2: WALLY FREE ZONE

   Cluster (1988)

12" Red Eye RED EP 4 (Australia)
  Side 1: BLUSTER BUSTER
  Side 2: WHOOPING

   Thrive (1990)

7" Red Eye 879852-7 (Australia)
  Side A: ALL THIS AND PLANT FOOD?
  Side B: LOVEWAND IS IT.


CURIOUS (YELLOW)

   I Am Curious (1988)

12" Red Eye RED EP1 (Australia)
  Side A: LOOK AT YOUR WATCH.
  Side B: WE ARE TALKING IN SPACE NOT IN TIME

   Charms & Blues (1990)

LP Red Eye RED LP 13 (843 962-1) (Australia)
  Side 1: DRUNKEN DREAMS AND FURTURE MEMORIES.....
  Side 2: ....FROM AN OCCULT DIARY.

   Taken By Surprise (1990)

7" Red Eye 877 718-7 (Australia)
  Side A: FAT "f-n" SURPRISE THAT WAS!
  Side B: ADULTERY ANONYMOUS


HEX

   Hex (1989)

First Warning FW 001-1
  Both Sides: "SNOW ANGEL VS THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS"

Demon FIEND 156
  Side 1: ORDINARY OBJECTS LIKE ...
  Side 2: ... WANDS AND DIVINING RODS


JACK FROST

   Jack Frost (1991)

LP Polydor/Red Eye 847 548-1 (Australia)
  Side 1: COME GOOD SERPENT...DOWN THE CLOCK!
  Side 2: FAB MACCA PAYS PARIS SURCHARGE WITH MESCAL.

   Every Hour God Sends (1991)

7" Polydor/Red Eye 879 262-7 (Australia)
  Side 1: IN WHICH PRIDE CIRCUS TELLS US TO IRAQ OFF
  Side 2: IS THAT A HORNPIPE?


STEVE KILBEY & RICKY MAYMI

   David Neil "The Wilderness Years" (2011)

Self-Released [No Catalog Number] (Australia)
  Side 1: KNEEL DIAMOND DOG!
  Side 2: WE ALL LIVE IN THE WILDERNESS


MELODIE

   Love Can't Imagine (1984)

7" Parlophone A-1249 (Australia)
  Side A: "AFTER CHURCH"
  Side B: "FOR LUCY"


SKY "SUNLIGHT" SAXON

   ...In Search of Brighter Colors (1988)

New Rose 155
  Side 1: TRYIN' TO FIND ESCAPE
  Side 2: ABOUT THE HEALING LIGHT


VENETIANS

   Amazing World (1987)

7" Parole K-465 (Australia)
  Side B: "Hi Bren"


COMPILATIONS

   Asides & Besides: The First Five Years [Various Artists on Red Eye Records] (1990)

2LP Red Eye RED LP 7 / 847 028-1 (Australia)
  Side 1: HOW DO YOU KEEP A MOSSY FAN BUSY?.....(OVER)
  Side 2: HOW DO YOU KEEP A MOSSY FAN BUSY?.....(OVER)
  Side 3: LIVE STOCK!
  Side 4: BYE BYE B SIDES.....

This compilation contains tracks by The Bhagavad Guitars, The Crystal Set, Curious (Yellow), Curious (Blue), and Steve Kilbey.


PLANETARIUM

   Hopewell/Planetarium Split 12" (1999)

12" Priapus Records PRIA 013 (USA)
  Side A: "PERPETUAL PROGRESSION"

VINYL INNER GROOVE MESSAGES

SOLO

SIDE PROJECTS

COVERS