LC
reissue liner notes (Anthony H. Wilson)

Lotta Continua

The time following Vini's first album, 'Return Of...' was mostly the
search for rhythm -- more precisely the search for a drummer.  The
experiment of making the Durutti Column not merely a band with Vini as
lead guitarist, but a very special instrumental force in music, had
worked but the next stage had to be replacing Martin Hannett's
amazing electronic beat creations with the intimacy and personality
of a live drummer.  Normally these things -- drummers -- are in ample
supply, but 1980 was a busy year for Manchester bands; no spare
drummers at all it seemed.

Then Toby from the Nosebleeds (Vini's first vinyl outing was with that
lot, 'Ain't been to no Music School' in 1977) told us about a great
black funk drummer from Wythenshawe.  His name, Donald Johnston.

Introductions were made, studio booked, and the results were three
wonderful tracks from the Factory Quartet (Fact 24) double album,
'For Mimi', 'Belgian Friends' and 'Self Portrait'.

But the relationship between Donald and Vini was not to be.  We
wouldn't say they both have large egos, just that you couldn't fit
them both into the Gobi Desert.  Vini actually knew and respected
Donald from a session in the mid 70's, but consequentially knew that
the town would not be big enough for both of them; he didn't tell us
till afterwards.

A strange piece, later given an outing on Michel Duval's Christmas
album of '88 on Crepuscule, found Vini back with electronic percussion
tracks.

And then Bruce happened -- Bruce Mitchell, a central figure in
Manchester music lore, from his days as a drummer in a trad band circa
1960 to Greasy Bear, Manchester's Grateful Dead, to the Albertos Y Los
Trios Paranoias and their Snuff Rock extravaganza of the punk era --
Bruce was, and is, running a stage, sound and light company.  But he
needed a gig -- 'cause he's so good, God won't let him not play drums.
The results of the collaboration were the tracks 'Danny' and 'Enigma'
which we gave to our friend Jean-Pierre Turmel to release on his
Sordide Sentimental label.

Sounded good and it was time for Vini's second album.

We called it 'LC' after a moment in an Anthony Burgess documentary on
Rome in which the great Mancunian explained that "The Romans have
enjoyed bad government for 2,000 years and looked forward to enjoying
it for many more" and then turned approvingly to a piece of wall
graffiti; 'LC' -- Lotta Continua, the struggle goes on, it does, you
know.


LC
All tracks written by Vini Reilly.
Produced by Vini Reilly and Stew Pickering at Graveyard Studio,
Prestwich, Lancashire.

Vini Reilly: Instruments and Vocals.
Bruce Mitchell: Percussion.

Thanks to Muir Music and Hi Percussion, Milan.

Recorded at home on a TEAC 4-track tape deck bought from Bill Nelson.
Roland Space Echo Frenzy, 'the struggle continues.'

Published by The Movement of the 24th January Publishing/
Zomba Publishing.


Related Works

For Mimi, Belgian Friends and Self Portrait,
written by Vini Reilly.  Produced by Martin Hannett.  Published by The
Movement of the 24th January Publishing/Zomba Publishing.  A Factory
Communications Record 1981.

One Christmas For Your Thoughts,
written and produced by Vini Reilly.  Published by The Movement of the
24th January Publishing/Zomba Publishing.  A Les Disques Du Crepuscule
Record 1988.

Danny and Enigma,
written by Vini Reilly.  Produced by Vini Reilly and Stew Pickering.
Published by The Movement of the 24th January Publishing/Zomba
Publishing.  A Sordide Sentimental Record 1980.