Hammer and Tongs

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Hammer and Tongs
Goodbye-Mr-Mackenzie-Hammer-And-Tongs-album.jpg
Studio album by Goodbye Mr Mackenzie
Released 4 March 1991
Recorded Berlin, Germany (1989)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 1:01:23
Label Capitol
Producer Terry Adams & The Mackenzies
Mack ("Diamonds")
Goodbye Mr Mackenzie chronology
Good Deeds and Dirty Rags
(1989)Good Deeds and Dirty Rags1989
Hammer and Tongs
(1991)
Five
(1994)Five1994
Singles from Hammer and Tongs
  1. ""Love Child""
    Released: April, 1990
  2. ""Blacker Than Black""
    Released: 4 June 1990
  3. ""Now We Are Married""
    Released: 11 February 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic.com 3/5 stars[1]

Hammer and Tongs is the second album from the Scottish rock group Goodbye Mr Mackenzie. It was recorded in Germany in 1989, at Berlin's Hansa Ton Studios just as the Fall of the Berlin Wall occurred. The album sat on the shelf for almost 18 months, in which time the band were transferred across EMI record labels, from Capitol to Parlophone, who released two singles from the album in 1990. Parlophone sold the band's record deal to Radioactive Records and MCA, who released Hammer and Tongs in the United Kingdom in early 1991 and encouraged the band to record a new song "Now We Are Married" to promote the release.[2]

Later that year, Radioactive, and their partners MCA, repackaged the album for international release by including several stand-out tracks from the band's debut album Good Deeds and Dirty Rags and eponymously re-titling the album as Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Metcalfe and Kelly, except where noted.

  1. "Blacker Than Black"
  2. "Bold John Barleycorn"
  3. "Diamonds"
  4. "The Burning"
  5. "Now We Are Married"
  6. "Sick Baby" (Metcalfe, Kelly, Scobie, Wilson, Duncan)
  7. "Down to the Minimum" (Metcalfe, Kelly, Scobie, Wilson, Duncan)
  8. "She's Strong"
  9. "Love Child"
  10. "Tongue-Tied"

Unreleased Parlophone version

  1. "Working on a Shoe-fly"

2006 Cherry Red re-issue bonus tracks

  1. "Friday's Child" (Lee Hazlewood)
  2. "Candelstick Park II
  3. "Candy Says" (Lou Reed)
  4. "Now We Are Married" (Extended version)

Personnel[edit]

  • Martin Metcalfe - lead vocals
  • John Duncan - guitar
  • Fin Wilson - bass guitar
  • Shirley Manson - keyboards and backing vocals
  • Rona Scobie - keyboards and backing vocals
  • Derek Kelly - drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ a b Record Collector magazine, issue #209, interview with Martin Metcalfe, and Mackenzie discography

External links[edit]