Guns is the eighth studio album by Cardiacs, and their last with Jon Poole. It was recorded and mixed at Apollo 8 in London. After a brief period of unavailability, the album was re-pressed in August 2007 and is once again available on the official "Cardiacs website".
Some of the song lyrics seem to have been written using 'found' text and the cut-up technique; two known sources are the celebrated Portuguese to English phrasebook English As She Is Spoke (providing e.g. "you mistake yourself heavily" in "Sleep All Eyes Open") and the screenplay of the 1955 film The Night of the Hunter, providing seemingly all of "Clean That Evil Mud Out Your Soul" including the song's title; its chorus, for example, uses "Merciful heaven only knows what unholy sights and sounds all we innocent babes has made in them dens".