Descendants of Smith

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Descendants of Smith
Descendants of Smith.jpg
Studio album by Roy Harper
Released March 1988
Recorded Lincolnshire, England
Genre Rock
Length 44:03
Label EMI CD-EMC 3524
Producer Roy Harper
Roy Harper chronology
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Descendants of Smith
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Descendants of Smith is the fourteenth studio album by Roy Harper, released in 1988.


As a publicity stunt on the music media, whom Harper thought did not give him or his music fair or considered reviews, Harper sent out 3 promo versions of his single "Laughing Inside" using anagrams of his own name; 'Per Yarroh' a Norwegian classical avant garde composer, 'Rory Phare' a lounge lizard and trendy art designer and 'Harry Rope' a Hells Angel. Music magazines were sent the 7" single, along with an accompanying fake biography describing the artist they were being introduced to.[2]

An employee from Sounds interviewed Per Yarroh and apparently fell for the publicity stunt "hook, line and sinker".[3] When interviewed, Harper elaborated; "as she wrote up the interview in the office, an old timer heard the record and asked what she was doing on Roy Harper? She'd loved the record originally, but then turned right around and wrote the most vindictive piece about me. I also had loads of radio lined up, but as soon as they found out it was me they all cancelled. Being called Roy Harper is the biggest artistic drawback in my career."[4]

1994 Reissue[edit]

The album was re-issued in 1994 under a different title, Garden of Uranium. The track listing remained identical, though the album was given new artwork.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks credited to Roy Harper, except Laughing Inside - Roy Harper/Nick Harper

Side one[edit]

  1. "Laughing Inside" – 4:15
  2. "Garden of Uranium" – 4:03
  3. "Still Life" – 4:47
  4. "Pinches of Salt" – 3:07
  5. "Desert Island" – 4:20

Side two[edit]

  1. "Government Surplus" – 2:21
  2. "Surplus Liquorice" – 0:39
  3. "Liquorice Alltime" – 3:43
  4. "Maile Lei" – 4:34
  5. "Same Shoes" – 4:15
  6. "Descendants of Smith" – 3:49

CD bonus track[edit]

  1. "Laughing Inside (Rough and Ready version)" – 4:10



  1. ^ "Descendants of Smith - Roy Harper". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  2. ^ "1994 Roy Harper Interview". Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Hats off to Harper". Dave Burnham. August 1994. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  4. ^ "Hats off to Harper". Dave Burnham. August 1994. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 

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