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Song: Murders on the Rue Morgue
Year: 1990

Versions:
Murders on the Rue Morgue - early EOIC version from '78 - unrecorded
Murders on the Rue Morgue - later EOIC version from '92 [Studio]
Murders on the Rue Morgue - Satanic Nurses version [Studio]

"THE SATANIC NURSES: "...MORGUE" (4m29s) or, "MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE"
8-track master-reel. (4mins29s). Recorded 29 March 1990. Cold Spring Records, Northampton.
Group including:
Alan Moore (Vocals)
Kevin Haskins (Drums)
Chris Barber (Bass)
Tim Perkins (Guitar)
Curtis E Johnson (Guitar)
Engineer ? Mark Thomas
Currently on loan to me from Justin Mitchell of Cold Spring. For further details see the Cold Spring website (discography). Trying to find somewhere to convert it to CD format cheaply... (lyrics printed in Negative Burn and then Alan Moore?s Songbook, as "Murders in the Rue Morgue". An original song from the 1970s incarnation of Moore and Alex Green?s band, The Emperors of Ice Cream. Confirmed to me by Alex Green. All other songs from Negative Burn ? except for "Another Suburban Romance" ? were written or recorded in the 1990s.)"
MISCELLANEOUS MOORE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION by David Hume and Greg Strokecker

"CSR2LP (Unreleased)
Various Artists | Feeler
Split vinyl album featuring one side ALAN MOORE and the other side was to be PSYCHIC TV. This album was withdrawn before manufacture for legal reasons.

The split vinyl LP was due to be released 1991. We had gain two exclusive tracks from each artist. The writer ALAN MOORE (famous for such works as The Watchmen, etc) had put a band together called THE SATANIC NURSES and one of the first works was a track called "...Morgue." In the line-up of the band was Kevin Haskins of BAUHAUS and LOVE & ROCKETS infamy, playing drums. Three weeks prior to release, Justin Mitchell received a telephone call from Beggars Banquet demanding that we pay for Haskins involvement. It was insisted that it was a legal necessity that his name be credited, and then we would owe "a LOT of money". Being a label new to the expenses of vinyl manufacture (let alone MCPS, etc), we couldn't afford it. The album had to be pulled. We heard rumours that Beggars Banquet had been impressed with the Alan Moore idea and had basically wanted it for their own. But, they released nothing similar. [?]

Track listing:
1. ...Morgue (Alan Moore)
2. New Generation (Psychic TV)?
Cold Spring discography

"Full title was "Murders on the Rue Morgue". It was also a time when very early versions of other songs were created and roughly demoed, but not played live til the Nurses morphed into the Emperors. The earliest ones I recollect were "Rue Morgue", "Another Suburban Romance" & "Fires I wish I'd seen." We had a lot of fun formulating the material at this time, and would sit around at Alan's, or my house with a few refreshments and acoustic guitars etc. We did a couple of one-off gigs (Alan/Chris/Curtis/myself) with a drum-machine and tape-effects at poetry reading type events. It all served as a warm-up for the later rock-venue productions that were to come. The few recordings we did were on half-inch analogue tape and probably lost, though there may be some recorded evidence of Emperors still around somewhere, cassette tapes even possibly!?
Tim Perkins for bauhausgigguide


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