Loopflesh / Fleshloop

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Loopflesh / Fleshloop
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ReleasedMay 1991
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Loopflesh / Fleshloop is a split EP between English industrial metal band Godflesh and English rock band Loop.[1] On side A of the 7-inch vinyl, Loop covers the song "Like Rats" by Godflesh, and on side B, Godflesh covers the song "Straight to Your Heart" by Loop.[2] The palindrome "Rats Live On No Evil Star" appears etched into both sides of the record.[3] Only a thousand copies were pressed.[4][5]


Both Justin Broadrick of Godflesh and Robert Hampson of Loop were fans of each other's bands before they met.[6] After becoming introduced, Loop invited Godflesh to be opening act on their 1990 tour. It was after that successful string of shows that the bands decided to create Loopflesh / Fleshloop.

Hampson and his bandmates were originally fans of Head of David, in which Broadrick drummed. As such, they were immediately aware of Godflesh and its first album, Streetcleaner. Regarding the album and the song from it that Loop covered, Robert Hampson said:

"We covered 'Like Rats' from Streetcleaner, an album that everyone in Loop was hugely into. That was fun to do–like I said, I never saw Godflesh as a metal band and that comes across in our cover, I think. Just a great song."[6]

Regarding the song that Godflesh chose to cover, Broadrick said:

"'Straight to Your Heart' was the first Loop track I think I ever heard. I remember hearing it with Ben on a Peel session and we were both just like 'holy fuck!' So when it came time to choosing a song to cover, it had to be that one."[6]

After Loop's dissolution in 1991, Hampson became a regular contributor to Godflesh, appearing on Cold World and half of the songs on the band's second album, Pure. In 2014, the two bands reunited and conducted a brief tour together.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side A (Loopflesh)
1."Like Rats" (Written by Godflesh, performed by Loop)6:30
Side B (Fleshloop)
1."Straight to Your Heart" (Written by Loop, performed by Godflesh)7:43


Credits adapted from liner notes.[7]



  • Robert Hampson – guitar, vocals
  • Hugo Morgan – bass
  • Dan Boyd – guitar
  • Wayne Maskel – drums


  1. ^ Pettigrew, Jason (1991). "Godflesh: The Power of Positive Paradoxes". Alternative Press (March 1991). Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Buckley, Peter (December 1, 1999). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 432. ISBN 1858284570.
  3. ^ "Crumbling Flesh entry". Crumbling Flesh. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Narvaja, Norm (9 December 2003). "Hard-to-Find Items Turn Up at Popular Sites". Mansfield News Journal: 15.
  5. ^ Narvaja, Norm (26 January 2006). "It's Not the Latest Technology, But That's OK". Mansfield News Journal: 27.
  6. ^ a b c d "Loopflesh: Justin Broadrick And Robert Hampson Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  7. ^ Loopflesh / Fleshloop (vinyl liner notes). Godflesh and Loop. Clawfist. 1991. XPIG 07. Retrieved April 4, 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)