BDG (Behind Dark Glasses)
Adrian Smith: Wasp, Guitar, Tapes, Voice
Derek E. Smith: Electronic Drums, Percussion
Recorded at Lung Function – 1982
Engineer: Adrian Smith
Production: Adrian Smith
This album, recorded during the winter of 1982 at the bands
Lung Function rehearsal studios, transformed ‘Click Click‘ from a guitar driven rock band into a floating outfit of electronic experimentalists.
Originally planned as a soundtrack, Behind Dark Glasses quickly mutated into a parody of the San Fransisco band The Residents with its growling vocals and discordant sounds. The recording technique was extremely primitive. A reel-2-reel tape deck and a variety of effects pedals, echo machines and electronic drums were used to obtain the dark industrial sound, the results of which were captured on a domestic cassette recorder! Later, notably with the release of Rorschach Testing, some of the themes within the music of BDG would resurface.
It was always the intention of the band to rework more of this album in the studio but time and circumstances stood in the way.
Behind Dark Glasses stands as a document of the stranger side of ‘Click Click‘. Had they recorded this in 1992 or 2002, who knows what kind of unearthly noise would have emerged, but as testament to their intent it still retains enough menace to shake even the hardiest listener.