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These Idle Hands
These Idle Hands is the second album in the Complicity series by Destruction Junkie
The 11 songs on These Idle Hands [Full Album Zip (59.03 Mb) Cover Art (1.90 Mb)] are drawn from over 20 years of writing, and many bands. Little Sister (3.67 Mb) was almost certainly played by HowManyDevils but this may be the first time it has been recorded, and I remember Black World (5.03 Mb) getting an airing in the old Washhouse with the band that became HowManyDevils. Cloudy memories tell me that One Thing Right (4.32 Mb) must have been written during, or just before, HowManyDevils but probably first saw the light of day here. Before that Oh No, I'm In Love Again (4.30 Mb) was performed by Polly. Polly made recordings at the original BogMusic which may eventually see the light of day. Even older are Burning In My Heart (4.44 Mb), 90mph (4.90 Mb), Bad Weather (5.06 Mb), and Out Of The Window (5.33 Mb) which are more or less from school days, A Strangers Kiss (6.82 Mb) is the oldest surviving song I have written. I was working with Pete (aka PJ Benson) back in these days but he was more a producer than a collaborator. Old Dear Friend (3.69 Mb) and For All The Fools (4.27 Mb) represent a period of millenial tension, and the decision to be a solo artist after HowManyDevils split. This period saw my songwriting split along two paths, songs that could be performed as just vocals and guitar and songs that used synthesisers and studio trickery. These two paths would become Destruction Junkie and squealshuft, although a few songs ended up in the wrong place on the way. They come back together on the final track Black World (squealshuft mix).

The Complicity series is my attempt to record, in some form, every song I've ever written. Complicity volume 1 remains incomplete and unreleased, Broken Dreams is Complicity volume 3.