Side 1: Four Enclosed Walls / Track 8 / Phenagen / Flowers
Of Romance / Under The House
Side 2: Hymies Him / Banging The Door / Go Back / Francis
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. V 2189
Mid-Price Reissue: OVED 51 (3/84)
Re-issued on 180g vinyl in the USA on May 26th 2009 by 4 Men With Beards label.
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox / Instruments - John Lydon
Instruments - Keith Levene
Drums - Martin Atkins
Single LP, with one sided lyric insert.
'Flowers of Romance' is a slightly different mix to the single version.
Martin Atkins plays on
three tracks only, 'Four Enclosed Walls' / 'Under the House' / 'Banging
the Door'. The rest of the drum tracks are played by Levene. John
Lydon contributes violin to some tracks.
Writing / Publishing:
All tracks by Lydon/Levene. Except: Four Enclosed Walls / Under
the House / Banging the Door - Lydon/Levene/Atkins
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / EMI Virgin Music Ltd /
Complete Music © 1981 Virgin Records Ltd
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
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
Stone, March 1981