Alan Moore related compilation 3 CDs

I have made this CD set last year, it contains Alan Moore related music from my collection.
First CD has studio recording of The Satanic Nurses / Emperors of Ice Cream (second incarnation). Longer version of ‘The Murders on the Rue Morgue’ (track 2) can be found on Storyteller CD, listed as The Satanic Nurses. Track 1 and 3 are sourced from the same recording so they could be Nurses tracks as well. Some Emperors tracks can be found on Storyteller CD also but there are few unreleased songs there like ‘London’, ‘Positively Bridge Street’ and Intro.
CD 2 has the live recording of Emperors UFO gig mentioned in ‘Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore‘ book, studio version of Emperors take on ‘Old Gangsters Never Die’ and 2 tracks with Pat Fish (‘Trampling Tokyo’ also available on Storyteller CD).
CD 3 has some odd tracks taken from old tapes including Alex Green’s home demos for the early Emperors of Ice Cream from ’78, instrumental demos of Mystery Guest‘s ‘Wurlitzer Junction’, live versions of Mystery Guests songs with Alan Moore lyrics, D-Go-Tees versions of 2 early Emperors songs and a D-Go-Tees song with Alan Moore lyrics.

CD 1

01, Another Suburban Romance 4:01
02, The Murders on the Rue Morgue 4:55
03, Fires I’d Wish I’d Seen 3:20
04, London 5:03
05, Me And Dorothy Parker 3:39
06, Mr A 3:50
07, Positively Bridge Street 4:29
08, Another Suburban Romance slightly different version 4:09
09, The Intro Of Ice Cream 3:00
10, The Murders on the Rue Morgue different shorter version 4:38

CD 2

01, Another Suburban Romance (live) 4:11
02, The Murders on the Roe Morgue (live) 3:42
03, Positively Bridge Street (live) 4:06
04, Me And Dorothy Parker (live) 3:29
05, Mr. A (live) 3:19
06, White Light / White Heat (Velvet Underground) (live) 4:25
07, Old Gangsters Never Die (studio) 11:32
08, London (different version) (Pat Fish / Alan Moore) 4:43
09, Trampling Tokyo (Pat Fish / Alan Moore) 5:33

CD 3

01, Wurlitzer Junction Mystery Guests guitar demo #1 1:25
02, Skyscraper early Emperors instrumental demo ’78 1:29
03, Do The Bum’s Rush (written by Alex Green for the Emperors) instrumental demo ’78 2:24
04, Whore’s Poem part 1 – Mystery Guests live ’81 0:57
05, Whore’s Poem part 2 – Mystery Guests live ’81 1:58
06, Wurlitzer Junction Mystery Guests guitar demo #2 1:27
07, Do The Bum’s Rush (written by Alex Green for the Emperors) D-Go-Tees demo 2:17
08, The Merry Shark You Are Mystery Guests live ’81 2:48
09, Sweet Potatoes Warbling (written by Alex Green for the Emperors) D-Go-Tees demo 2:42
10, The Age of Bavaria D-Go-Tees demo (written by Alan Moore/Glyn Bush) 2:39
11, Wurlitzer Junction full instrumental demo by Alex Green / Pickle 2:14


Tim Perkins’ pre-Emperors of Ice Cream band comprising later Emperors members Chris Barber and Pete BrownJohn.

Ripzmag recordings:

Self-titled – 4 track cassette

Side A:
1, Liquorice Stick U Pick  (1:36)
2, Percy’s Hat (2:44)

Side B:
1, Fanny Please Come Home (3:57)
2, Suicide Bullet Kills Chimp (1:43)

Ripzmag - Self titled 4 track cassette

Ripzmag – Self titled 4 track cassette

Big ‘n’ Sassy – 4 track cassette

Side A:
1, Persistent Gas Of Love  (1:54)
2, Stitchup (3:21)

Side B:
1, Big ‘n’ Sassy (1:50)
2, Uphill Gardening Bizniss (2:52)

Ripzmag - Big 'n' Sassy tape cover

Ripzmag – Big ‘n’ Sassy tape cover


Glyn Bush’s Birmingham-based band. Lineup also comprises Bridget Enever, Mark Rowson and Trevor Lines.

De-Go-Tee's line up

De-Go-Tee’s line up


Glyn Bush wrote Skyscraper for a proposed band. Alternate version of that song has been recorded by Alex Green for The Emperors of Ice Cream.

First mention of Degootees name.

First reference to Glyn Bush’s pseudonym Grant Series. Alex Green wrote imaginary reviews for the following 5 proposed D-Go-Tees songs:
The Man Made of Green Peppers
The Smell of Sex
I’m not In The Mood (for Backchat)
Razor In Particular
Whistle And Sham

Centre For The Arts, Aston University, Birmingham

Centre For The Arts, Aston University, Birmingham


3 March:
Live gig with Alex Green on sax. Beside the De-Go-Tee’s songs they also played Alex’s Do The Bums Rush (originally written for The Emperors of Ice Cream)

De-Go-Tees @ The Bulls Head

De-Go-Tees @ The Bulls Head

De-Go-Tees - Alex Green's setlist

De-Go-Tees – Alex Green’s setlist

Jun (or July):

I was at the Deadly Fun Hippodrome […] I was playing with my band the De-Go-Tees […] Debbie’s Gloss was one of my songs for the De-GoTees (Grant Series being my alter-ego at the time). I may have a demo of it somewhere, but the main lyric was: ’I’m mad about the motion of Debbie’s Gloss.’
… the line up was: Grant Series (Gtr, vocs), Alex Green (sax) David Hunt (BS) Geoff Webb (drs). We were supporting Bauhaus 1919.
Glyn Bush

21 Jun:

De-Go-Tees @ Bournebrook

De-Go-Tees @ Bournebrook

De-Go-Tees @ Bournebrook

17 November:
Alex Green wrote imaginary reviews for the following 3 proposed D-Go-Tees songs:
Cancer Restaurant
Brand New Bright Tomorrow

22 December:
Live gig @Northampton
“Possibly the best incarnation of the D-Go-T’s yet”


25 April:
One of the first live gig with Bridget Enever on tenor-sax

Alan Moore wrote lyrics for a De-Go-Tees song called ‘The Age of Bavaria’. Demo has been recorded few months later. Regarding Lance Parkin’s Magic Words book, second incarnation of Emperors of Ice Cream also had a song with that name, probably the same lyrics with different music.

17 July:
Alex Green wrote imaginary reviews for the following 2 proposed D-Go-Tees songs:
Surreal Estate

20 July:

De-Go-Tees @ Star Club

De-Go-Tees @ Star Club

27 July:

De-Go-Tees @ Barrel Organ

De-Go-Tees @ Barrel Organ

20 November:

De-Go-Tees @ Golden Eagle w/The Privates

De-Go-Tees @ Golden Eagle w/The Privates


Various gigs including Fighting Cocks with The Army

De-Go-Tees - '81 May gigs

De-Go-Tees – ’81 May gigs

20 August:
D-Go-tees at the Roadmender

9 October:
Live gig with Mr.Liquorice

De-Go-Tees @ Square Club

De-Go-Tees @ Square Club

De-Go-Tees @ Square Club

De-Go-Tees recordings:

1 Stress
2 Spud Beat
3 New Community
4 No Ballroom
5 I-Opener
6 Old Man’s Coat
7 Do the Bum’s Rush
8 Ego Massage Parlour
9 New Breed
10 Sweet Potatoes Warbling
11 Royal Jelly
12 Surreal Estate
13 Undecided
14 The Age of Bavaria
15 City Shelving
16 Get Back to MOR
17 MOR coda

1-4 are from the Sinewave Studio session, line up GB gtr, voc, clarinet, Bridget Enever sax, violin, Mark Rowson bs Trevor Lines drums the rest are from a recording session at Mark’s house around 1980, line up the same except it may have been Geoff Webb on drums.
7 and 10 were written by Alex Green and 14 yes the lyrics were by Alan Moore.
Glyn Bush

Early incarnation of Emperors of Ice Cream

The dream band that never got beyond rehearsals
Alex Green, Apollox 1995


Sax player Alex Green (later known as Max Akropolis of The Sinister Ducks) played in a jazz-funk band Escalator with Adrian Utley (later member of Portishead), Andy Kennedy, Coach York and Will Ballard. He also played with Stanton Walgrave, ’an occasional totally improvised band’ comprised of Glyn Bush (later member of Rocker HiFi), Pickle (aka Mr. Liquorice), Seaweed and Shriws.

29-30 October:
Stanton Walgrave rehersal
Alex talked to Glyn Bush about his ’Weirdo Rock Big Band’ idea. Glyn suggested him to speak with Alan Moore.

Alex Green and Alan Moore formed a band called ‘The Emperors of Ice-Cream‘. Shrivs was also interested in doing backing tapes for the band


22 January:
Escalator reunion gig at the Racehorse. They did songs like ’ Chameleon’, ’Vacuum Cleaners’, ’Blue Bossa’ and ’Hasten Slowly’.
Alex discussed his Emperors ideas with Coach York and  Adrian Utley.

I remember Alex always talking about the Emperors of Ice Cream – I didn’t join, you may be right about its virtual nature.
Coach York

Alex writes Broken Duck Progression, a sort of weirdo / rock and roll mixture

Pickle recommended Baby Mac as a possible drummer. He also offered to help with any technical hassles.

Emporers of Ice Cream was Alex and Alan’s brainchild. I was called in to help  work on some of the arrangements and to teach Alex how to play them on electric guitar. He was, you understand, a sax player. Would have been great if it had ever got beyond it’s conceptual stage.
Pickle (Mr. Licquorice)

Alex wrote We are the Emperors and sang bits to Alan Moore. Alan told him his ideas about a Gangster song with orthodox melody, 30’s style and promised to do the tape of  Old Gangster Never Die

10 April:
Practice session with Pickle

24 April:
Alex worked out the basis melodies for Sweet Potatoes Warblin’.
„The first half is a sort of collage of odd words, musical titoites and the very odd cough –  the 2nd bit is a real lush life pop song”
Original idea of that song came from Glyn Bush back in February.

Pickle contributed a Zappaish riff to the early instrumental version of Wurlitzer Junction (later became a Mystery Guests song)

21 May:
Escalator played  at Threnody and Gallstone.

26 May:
Alex left the Escalator and tried to focus on The Emperors

Alex had 10+ or so numbers figured out in his head (for the first album). One of them was called Beneath The Pandamoon

28 June:
Alex wrote Death and Taxis :
Alan described it as ’Iggy Pop meets Damon Runyon on Broadway’

First mention of Alex Green’s and Glyn Bush’s alter-egos, Max Accropolis and Grant Series. Alex used that pseudonym later with The Sinister Ducks but spelling has been changed to Max Akropolis (as Alan Moore used to write it).

14 Sept:
Alex worked out the framework for Where is Amnesia Silver?

19 Sept:
Alex wrote his Iggy Pop tribute called (A drink on) Metal Broadway
Baby Mac (drums) joined the band.
Coil (new wave band) asked Alex to play sax on a few of their numbers. Alex started to organize a joint party at Xmas for Coil/The Emperor (which never happened).

29 Sept:
Coil gig at the Racecourse Pavilion w/ Alex Green on sax

September – October:
Alex have taped a few home demos including Do The Bums Rush.
Tracklist as follows:

1, song#1
2, Do The Bums Rush
3, Do The Bums Rush – 2nd take
4, song #3
5, song #4
6, Skyscraper (written by Glyn Bush)
7, song #6
8, song #7
9, song #8

Alex placed an advert for musicians in the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.

19 October:
Alex and Alan attempted to tape We Are The Emperors, Beneath A Pandamoon, A Big Future and  Night Flies Run On Alley Time in a rehersal place called ‘The Kitchen’.

20 October:
They have the last 2 numbers done.
New songs on the agenda:
Jackie, a Jacques Bel song originally done by Scott Walker in 1967
What keeps a man alive? from Threepenny Opera
Justice Traps The Guilty (???)

Alex received 2 replies to his advert for guitarists.
1, Dave Exton (he played in the Submerged Tenth with David J, Kevin Haskins and Janis Zakis)
2, Andy Broughton (he played in Eskimo Joe with Adrian Utley and Generation X before they got famous).

Dave Haskins also replied to the advert later.

25 October:
Alex had (possibly instrumental) taped versions of Skyscraper and We Are The Emperors. Skyscraper was originally written by Glyn Bush for the D-Go-Tees but Alex wrote his own version for the Emperors and Alan furbished new lyrics for that. Meanwhile Glyn Bush did his version of Alex’s Do The Bum’s Rush and Sweet Potatoes Warblin’ . They appeared in the D-Go-Tees live set and home demos has been also recorded around 1980.

Do The Bums Rush was one Alex wrote that we used to play
Glyn Bush

Sweet Potatoes Warblin’ lyrics

Sweet Potatoes Warblin’ lyrics

Sweet Potatoes Warblin’ score by Alex Green

Sweet Potatoes Warblin’ score by Alex Green

12 November:
Emperor’s first proper full rehersal.
Alan Moore (vocals)
Alex Green (sax)
Andy Broughton (guitar)
Graham Scott (upright bodyless bass)
Baby Mac (drums)
Shrivs (stylophone, violin)

Alan sang his The Wide Boys lyrics over the top of a jam. Pickle did  most of the groundwork of teaching everybody the music.

20 November:
Pickle formed his band Dapper Choir which also consists Alan and Alex. At some point The Emperors and Dapper Choir seems to turning into two contrasting expressions of the same band.
Pickle wrote most of the Dapper Choir songs like Monster Parody, Ready Remedies. Andrew James also contributed with some lyrics. He wrote Caption Music and  Venus of the Hardsell which later appeared in Hellblazer as a  Mucous Membrane song.
Pickle recorded a home demo with Cathy Frost.
Tracklist as follows:

1,  Monster Parody
2,  Transistional Radio (words and music by Glyn Bush)
3,  Ready Remedies
4,  Caption Music
5,  Venus of the Hardsell
6,  Venus of the Hardsell – 2nd take
7,  song #6 – incomplete

Dapper / Emperors tape cover

Dapper / Emperors tape cover

„BY NOW, however, the acrid scant of destiny was in Licquorice’s abnormally large nostrils. He had already formed the crepuscular choral formation known as the Dapper Choir, a cabaret conglomerate whose personnel were highly unstable in most accepted senses of the word.
The by-now consumptive Max Akropolis returned to furnish saxaphone accompaniment, and even your scribe was on occasions enlisted to lend a rich Basso Profundo to the vocal section.
But the spider at the centre of this web of creativity was undoubtedly Mr. Licquorice himself, crouched over his piano like a hunchbacked vampire, long waxen fingers stabbing spastically at the ivory.
Melodies would flow effortlessly foum him, words of simple truth hung on exquisite refrains.
Unforgettable tunes like the delightful accapella ditty entitled “All dressed up in my Summersuit, Summersuit, Two heads in my hood”.”
Alan Moore, Sounds article, Mystery and Abomination”, 1981-08-08

25 November:
Andy Broughton didn’t appear at the rehersal because of his commitments with The Hatricks. He left the band very soon and Pickle filled the spot temporarly.

„David had met Alex for the first time at The Angel Hotel on Bridge Street  back in the fall of ’78 when he had answered an advert that had been placed in the Northampton Chronicle and Echo by Alex seeking out “game for anything” musicians. That advert simply said ‘New Music Night and Morning’ the band in question was The Emperors Of Ice Cream and whilst David was enthusiastic about the project, he was also similarly so about the band he had just joined; Bauhaus 1919 (as they were originally called) and they were about to hit the ground running…almost. So David never became an Emperor.”
Sleeve notes for David J: Etiquette of Violance reissue CD by Andrew J. Brooksbank

„We worked on the material that would subsequently become the set for the EMPERORS, when we had a dozen songs ready I placed an advert in the Chronicle & Echo seeking fellow conspirators — this would have been October or November 1978. Dave was one of the respondants — we met in the Angel Hotel. Although he was really into the idea of the EMPERORS he couldn’t stop talking about this other band, BAUHAUS l919. Subsequently he did not have any spare time for several years and so had no involvement with the EMPERORS — and did not in fact,meet Alan until years later.”
Alex Green, Apollox 1995

„Contrary to the above statement, I first met Alan two days after that fateful rendezvous with mister Green. Ushered into a dank basement flat in Colwyn road, Northampton, I became the delighted witness to a scene straight out of Kerouac’s ‘The Subterraneans’. There was the imposing figure of Alan Moore holding forth in the center of the small room, the walls of which were covered with reversed posters, picture side facing the wall(!), proclaiming that “Old gansters never die!” Whilst Alex blew smokey ribbons of saxophone sound , a sandy haired angelic looking boy known as ‘Seaweed’ scratched at a cheap electric guitar and the strange and inscrutable Doctor Pickle a.k.a. Mr. Liquerice ran skeletal fingers over the keyes of an ancient Wurlitzer. Various small time criminals and denizens of the local underground art scene nodded approvingly in the sepulcheral corners. I also nodded and eventualy joined in.
David J (Former ‘Emporer of Ice Cream’)”
David J,

I only have the vaguest memory of the occasion but sure it will not have been a proper gig or a formal band – just a few people playing some songs and improvising and making things happen – maybe the genesis of something or nothing at all. Colwyn Road was where Pickle lived, so almost certainly a gathering of friends in his flat the Racecourse was just round the corner

The other ‘gig’ you mention was in my flat in Colwyn Rd. I think it was probably a rehearsal of something I did called the Dapper Choir which was me on piano  with as motley a collection of singers of different shapes, heights and persuasions as you could imagine. As one of the members once described it  ‘sort of a cross between Beethoven and Elvis Presley’ ”
Pickle (Mr. Licquorice)

With Northampton being a small place, it was inevitable that the paths of Moore and J would cross. This first happened in 1977 when Moore had put an advert in the local paper seeking not musicians but “co-conspiratots”.
“So I called this number up and met up with Alex Green,” recalls J and we had a long and very interesting talk and he told me all about Alan, this mad poet they were rehearsing with in a cellar. Next night he took me down there and Alan did a recitation for all these weirdoes with saxophone, toy keyboards and a guy with a twenty five-dollar guitar. I got to know Alan a bit and he was just starting to do some strips in the local paper.”
Ian Shirley: Can Rock & Roll Save the World?: An Illustrated History of Music and Comics, 2005


28 January:
Alex tried to find a replacement guitarist and re-contacted David J Haskins.

04 February:
David J couldn’t join the band because of his commitments with Bauhaus.

The Emperors did rehersals at the Hastwell. They got a new song called 1.000,000 Microbes and another take on Wurlitzer Junction

18 February:
Dapper Choir rehersal with Alex

20 February:
Emperors full band rehersal

27 February:
New replacement guitarist referred as ‘Nev Guitar’ left after one rehersal.

19 March:
Alan backed out of The Emperors because of his cartoon career but he remains the Emperor’s  lyricist and producer. As Pickle recommended Alex left the band to rest for a few weeks.

24 April:
New (possible) lineup for the still inactive Emperors:
Alex Green (vocals, sax)
Pickle (guitar)
Buster Skinner (guitar)
Baby Mac (drums)
+bass player

27 June:
Alex got another new (possible) drummer for the band called Fred Ryan.

Sinister Duck’s/poetry-music meeting with Chad, Jamie, John Round, Alan, Pickle, Alex, Glyn, Buster, Shriv, Seaweed, Kathy, Mick Bunting, Jasmine, Dave Haskins, Dave Exton etc

11 November:
Escalator reunion gig


Alex joined a raggee-ska band called The Army.
Jono Bell (vocals), Adrian Utley (guitar), Coach York (drums), Alex Green (sax), Scott Graham (bass)

„Akropolis attempted to form the eerily-named Emperors of Ice Cream before giving up and joining the army.”
Alan Moore, Sounds article, Mystery and Abomination”, 1981-08-08

Copyright @2013 Bauhaus Gig Guide ( )
Research by Gabor Nemeth
Special thanks to Glyn Bush & Pickle.
Also thanks to Coach York, Seaweed & Andrew Brooksbank (Apollox)

Any additions / corrections are welcome. Feel free to contact me here

Another Suburban Romance songs

Old Gangsters Never Die

„Another Suburban Romance – that was a play co-written by Alan Moore and Andrew James (Old Gangsters Never Die came from this play).
Glyn Bush

‘Old Gangsters Never Die’ was originally a soliloquy in the play
Alex Green, Apollox 1995

Regarding Alan Moore: Storyteller book, the original Old Gangsters Never Die monologue was written a bit earlier for Northampton Art Labs performances but later incorporated to the play.
Alan brought it into the Emperors and later The Sinister Ducks. The Ducks version has been recorded at the Beck Studios in 1983 and appeared on the B-side of The March of The Sinister Ducks 7” single. Remastered version released on the second bonus CD of David J – Etiquette of Violance 2013 reissue.
Alternate 10 minutes long version has been recorded by the second incarnation of The Emperors of Ice Cream around the ’90s and also appeared in their live set.
First comic adaptation appeared on the cover of The Sinister Ducks single, later reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics (Robinson, 2008). Second comic version appeared in Alan Moore’s Another Suburban Romance (Avatar Press, May 2003)

Whore’s Poem

I wrote some music for the play along with my friend Pickle (PK) and we performed a song called the Whore’s Poem at the Racehorse.  I can’t remember if Alan was involved, he may have been in the audience. The play was never finished or performed anyway. The music was pretty crazy and tricky to play, very prog/Zappa ish.
It was largely instrumental apart from the Whores poem. Alan left us to our own devices.
Glyn Bush

‘Another Suburban Romance’ was an early Alan Moore/Andrew James collaboration. Written in play form, Glyn and I wrote and recorded the incidental music. Each Character had a signature tune. Hence the Whore’ Poem.
Pickle (Mr. Licquorice)

Whore's Poem

Whore’s Poem lyrics by Alan Moore

Guitar demos have been recorded for Another Suburban Romance play including Whore’s Poem. The song also appeared in the live set of The Mystery Guests around ’81. Audience recording of their Warwick University gig exists.

The Mystery Guests Live Tape

The Mystery Guests Live Tape (incl. Whore’s Poem)

Another Suburban Romance

Short piece of Another Suburban Romance horns intro was podcasted as part of The Dandy Hour Episode 8. It can be heard in the background from 10:55 to 11:27.

That was re-recorded recently from the original score. We had an idea to do it as a Dandelion Set track but it didn’t work out.  The recording was never finished bass drums organ etc and what there was …. just horns is not even mixed.
Pickle (Mr. Licquorice)

At least two versions have been recorded by The Satanic Nurses and The Emperors of Ice Cream later in the ’90s, although they have nothing to do with the original music written by Pickle and Glyn Bush.

I actually went to school with Alex as a teenager and used to free-jam with him sometimes. He was the first person to introduce Frank Zappa to me, (“Weasels ripped my flesh” I think,) so I thank him for that! Alan tried to sing the basic tune that they had cobbled together for “Suburban Romance”, musically initiated by a another Emperors Member and musical polymath who was known as “Pickle” […] It was all very hazy, so I took the lyrics away and composed a brand new tune & arrangement for it..something rather Brechtian in it’s flavour. Pickle went on to form a quirky Art-punk band called the “Mystery Guests” that Alan occasionally provided words for..(“Wurlitzer Junction” for example.)
Tim Perkins

First illustrated version of Another Suburban Romance lyrics was printed in Negative Burn #9 (March 1994). Second comic strip adaptation appeared in Alan Moore’s Another Suburban Romance (Avatar Press, May 2003).

Judy Switched Off the TV

It was mentioned in Alan Moore : Storyteller book and at Glycon website. Comic strip adaptation appeared in Alan Moore’s Another Suburban Romance (Avatar Press, May 2003).

Carnelian (1975)

Marvellous to think we had the nerve to write music we couldn’t play!
Coach York

First band by Pickle (Dapper Choir, Mystery Guests) and Glyn Bush (D-Go-Tees). Carnelian had a residency at the Racehorse pub in Northampton.
Lineup as follows:
Andy Kennedy – clarinet/alto sax
Pickle – xylophone/oboe
Glyn Bush – guitar
Paul Necus – bass
Coach York – drums

Carnelian Live @ Northampton Grammer

Carnelian tape
1, Untitled Piano and Drums
2, Victorious China
3, To Awaken The Queen
4, Soliloquy
5, Variation Honour
6, Mute Consonant
7, Ravenvander
8, Reindeer Rip

After the demise of the band Andy Kennedy and Coach York went to form Escalator with Alex Green (Emperors of Ice Cream), Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Ballard (bass).