Four Enclosed Walls / Track 8 / Phenagen / Flowers Of Romance /
Under The House / Hymies Him / Banging The Door / Go Back / Francis
(plus bonus tracks)
Flowers Of Romance (Instrumental) / Home is Where the Heart is /
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. CDV 2189
Vox / Instruments - John Lydon
Instruments - Keith Levene
Drums - Martin Atkins
Mid-price CD re-issue of 'Flowers Of Romance' LP. 8 page booklet
featuring lyrics & pix. Later re-issued with a 4 page booklet
The 2012 re-issue is mastered from the 2011 Japanese re-issue.
Same tracks as LP version,
plus bonus tracks: 'Flowers Of Romance' (Instrumental), 'Home is
Where the Heart is' & 'Another'. Three old PiL B-sides which
were previously unavailable on CD.
On release in 1981 'Home
is Where the Heart is' was credited to Lydon/Levene/Wobble &
Jim Walker. However, it was simply a publishing mistake and should
be credited to Martin Atkins. The track originates from the 1980
US Tour with Atkins... Although
Wobble is given a co-credit, he doesn't actually play on the track.
Instead the bass was recorded by Levene, using a tape loop, of a
Wobble style bass line...
'Another' is a version
of 'Graveyard' from 'Metal Box' with vocals.
Writing / Publishing:
'Flowers of Romance' tracks by Lydon/Levene. Except: Four Enclosed
Walls / Under the House / Banging the Door - Lydon/Levene/Atkins
'Home is Where the Heart is' - Lydon/Levene/Wobble/Atkins. 'Another'
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / EMI Virgin Music Ltd /
Complete Music © 1981 Virgin Records Ltd
Although it had not previously been available on CD, 'Flowers of
Romance' was re-issued as a special mid-price CD in 1990; along
with 'Paris Au Printemps' & 'This is What You Want...'.
Possibly as a tribute
to Sid Vicious, the album was named after the band Levene &
Sid formed in 1976: "The Flowers of Romance". Hymies
Him also features a brief instrumental outtake of No
Future (listen carefully).
was originally written by Levene for use in the Michael Wadleigh
Francis Massacre' was
inspired by Lydon's stay at Mountjoy Prison ("Go down for
life, Mountjoy is fun").
Produced by 'Public Image Ltd'
Engineered by Nick Launay
The Manor, Oxfordshire / Town House, London
Original Sleeve Design:
The record is very, very sparse. 'Flowers of Romance' has no guitar
on it, it's just a cello'd bass, all drums. One track I played guitar
on is 'Go Back', which I played drums also. I made the backing track
and I'd go in and play guitar and John would sing. With stuff like
'Flowers of Romances', we'd put the backing track together and we
were getting into computer mixes, which was keeping John interested.
He did a sax solo on it, he didn't know how to play but that's what
came out. I said 'it's OK, we can use it.' It was very experimental
- Keith Levene, Perfect Sound Forever 2001
On Flowers of Romance
Martin was going off on tour with Brian Brain and he only had two
bloody days, so I just started to lay down loads of different drums
beats, and we didnt have any time to set up any real sound,
the Townhouse in Goldhawk Road was being built at the time so the
drum kit was on a wooden frame over this huge deep hole in a stone
room and thats what created that incredible sound… we
just heard it and went Ooh, lets just have some top mikes
for the echo off it, and fuck it, dont do any EQ.
- John Lydon,
By the time we got to
Flowers of Romance, Nick Launay [producer] and I were
experimenting in the studio. I brought a watch into the studio and
miked it up, ran it through some effects, and that became the chhh
chhh chhh sound, the texture behind Four Enclosed Walls.
I was drinking bottles of Perrier Water, recorded to quarter inch
tape, slowed down it sounded almost like fucking dinosaurs. That
was the backing for an unreleased track called Vampire...
- Martin Atkins, Fodderstompf 2001
Flowers of Romance
Collector, May 1990 (CD)
Stone, March 1981 (LP)