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A single 16-minute prophecy in manically inventive post-punk dub, Lucy Over Lancashire by Liverpudlian songsmith-artist Paul Rooney is the vehicle for a ‘spryte of the air’ to expound on the English county of Lancashire’s role in the plans of Satan, plans which involve (amongst other things) the Pendle Witches, singer Mick Hucknall, the bile-filled late-night phone in shows of Allan Beswick, and the Radio Lancashire programme On the Wire (whose longstanding commitment to dub reggae provided one of the inspirations for the work).
The red vinyl 12” of Lucy Over Lancashire was originally premiered by On the Wire in 2006 and released on SueMi Records, Berlin, in 2007. Following it’s steady acquisition of a certain cult notoriety we at Owd Scrat Records released the track as a download and limited edition CD in 2014 (see reviews and comments below). But to commemorate the tenth anniversary of its original vinyl release (and to celebrate Paul Rooney’s first Owd Scrat album earlier this year) we thought we would also present to you a nicely remastered 2017 CD version of Lucy in a lovely deep red lancing pack sleeve with a cover image by artist Leo Fitzmaurice.
Comments about previous editions of Lucy Over Lancashire:
“Rich in comic irony, the narration is nonetheless as deeply rooted as a folk ballad… [a] thought provoking 16 minute gem.” Julian Cowley (The Wire Magazine). Oct. 2014.
“It’s a masterpiece, is it not?… It is quite magnificent.” Marc Riley (BBC 6 Music). 28/5/14.
Fact Magazine 50 best reissues of 2014.
“The [Festive Fifty] chart has also continued to recognise great bands and tunes so cruelly overlooked by the mainstream: …a top five spot for Paul Rooney’s brilliant under-recognised Lucy Over Lancashire in 2007 one of many others”. Mark Whitby (Louder Than War). 15/11/14.
Dandelion Radio Festive 50 of 2007.
“…heavy dub that could easily come from the studios of Kingston”. Calum Craig (Is This Music?). 5/11/07.
“Don’t be scared, even though we in the studio are absolutely petrified after listening to that. Lucy Over Lancashire… Brilliant stuff from Paul Rooney, one of the most talked about tracks that we’ve played on this show…” Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1FM). 3/5/07.
“…this magnificently chewy and utterly surreal 12” single”. Neil Cooper (MAP Magazine #10). June 2007.
“I’ve got a record in my hand here which is quite intriguing, it’s called Lucy Over Lancashire by Paul Rooney on SueMi Records… Love it, absolutely love it – great isn’t it? I told you it was a weird one.” Marc Riley, ‘Marc Riley’s Mint’ (BBC 6 Music). 25/3/07.