...when we started, we never thought 'Wow, this sounds really different to everybody else!' It was only when we started getting letters through saying 'You're fucking brilliant' and this sort of thing, that we started thinking fucking hell! You know?Dick Lucas / Subhumans interview, Sounds 22 January 1983
Over five days at Pickwick Studios, Corsham, SUBHUMANS recorded their debut album The Day the Country Died. Recording was completed on this day in 1982.
Mickey Mouse being representative of the simplest form of humour, i.e. someone does something and you laugh at it because it is a funny act, and now it's all sarcasm and criticism and inflection, all this sort of stuff; and people are totally paranoid about what they think, in case what they're thinking is the wrong thing to think. They don't laugh at things that aren't being laughed at by people who they think are superior to them. People just base their lives around paranoia and illusion these days.
That's the meaning I've Put on it since I wrote the song, which is quite often what I do, I often find that I've written a song and it's got a damn sight more meaning to it than I thought at first, which is strange... I suppose.Dick Lucas / Subhumans interview, Sounds 22 January 1983
'No More Gigs' is about being in a state... just about being in a state where you're not getting any gigs, and people trying to do something but not having the means to do it, very basically. It's a very depressive song actually, I probably wrote it when I was pissed off; I can't remember.Dick Lucas / Subhumans interview, Sounds 22 January 1983