|Ruth's Refrigerator l-r Terri Lowe, Ruth Miller, Blodwyn P. Teabag, Alan Jenkins, Robyn Gibson|
Alan Jenkins was always intriguing and fun to work with. We had a connection without talking much or touching or anything like that. One of the best aspects of playing music with other people is the spirit of play. Writing songs with a like-minded person creates a world-in-a-bubble that stretches time. Alan and I both liked a songwriting challenge. We would take a title and each write a song to go with it, or we'd take a guitar to the corner of a room with 20 minutes to come up with a song. Sometimes we'd choose a random phrase from a book or newspaper: "When it comes to being a lollipop person..." and both write a song. "Gosh what a lot of umbrellas" was another like that.
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In putting together an album and a tour, Alan gathered various musicians that we were both linked with: Terri Lowe, Blodwyn P. Teabag and Robyn Gibson. We recorded versions of each other's songs, swapped the singers around and brought out clarinets, accordians and all sorts. The title 'Suddenly a Disfigured Head Parachuted' was chosen in the style of the game consequences with each band member selecting and writing a word on paper. Alan's manic artwork and sleeve notes are very amusing.
|Now reissued : http://www.cordeliarecords.co.uk/|
The best days were probably those where Alan and I just did songwriting, but it soon evolved into group evenings and happenings. There was a soup dinner party where we had five different kinds of soup - all eaten from paper bowls because Alan didn't like washing up. Between 1990 and 1992, I had the greatest of times, although there was a distinct awkwardness between Alan and Terri Lowe of PO! They were very different musically, creatively, socially and in terms of work ethic. This culminated in an end-of-tour argument about whether Terri should have been paid extra for driving the van, and he decided to leave. Since there was now a chance to do more with my own band, PO! I finished with Ruth's Refrigerator but subsequently missed the creative challenge and friendship that I had lost.
|Ruth's Refrigerator l-r Ruth Miller, Blodwyn P. Teabag, Alan Jenkins, Robyn Gibson, Terri Lowe|
During my time in Ruth's Refrigerator, I wrote a few songs for the group, including:
- Gosh What a Lot of Umbrellas
- She Lies in State
- My Head's on Fire
- The Lollipop Person
- Exit ....Pursued by Bear