Hammer and Tongs

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Hammer and Tongs
Studio album by
Released4 March 1991
RecordedBerlin, Germany (1989)
GenreAlternative rock
ProducerTerry Adams & The Mackenzies
Mack ("Diamonds")
Goodbye Mr Mackenzie chronology
Good Deeds and Dirty Rags
Hammer and Tongs
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
Allmusic.com3/5 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)


  • 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


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

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