Steve Treatment will always be remembered for his classic singles from the late 70’s but his best songs never got released. The NoMen got in touch with him in 2003 and were given access to his archive of home recordings. They released their first collection of Steve Treatment songs in 2003 and in 2006 returned to the pile and came out with this album.
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Agnes Moorhead was an American actress best known for her role in ‘Bewitched’. Steve was obsessed with making smutty jokes about her surname and he named the album which was originally released as a very limited edition CD featuring the NoMen album plus a companion CD which had recordings of the same songs (and more) by Steve himself.
The whole album was recorded at a time when there were only two NoMen; George and Allan. It was recorded using Garageband and relied heavily on the built in drum sounds of the programme. Unfortunately the only ‘beat’ we were able to play along with was the ‘standard 4/4 rock beat’ which is used on every other track!!! Despite this the album has a rich and varied sound and the songs vary from tender ballads to out-and-out freak-outs with some good old fashioned rock’n’rolling and psychedelic soundscapes! Download Agnes Moorehead album
Vanish – This is the same version that is on Steve Treatment’s 2005 single on Topplers but this has NoMen doing the vocals.
The World is Blue – A really old song by Steve. The NoMen edited it down from the 9 minutes of Steve’s original to about three! It’s a sweet blend of pop and smooth tijuana horns!
Are You Cunning? – A throwaway sketch on one of the recent Steve Treatment demo tapes. The NoMen rock it up!
The Shine on Your Crown – One of Steve’s loveliest songs… for his partner. The NoMen add extra sugar!
Ingrowing Toenail – An absolute classic from Steve’s early years. The NoMen ladle on the T Rex sound and go all Shakin’ Stevens on the vocals!!! It has the ubiquitous backwards guitar solo!
Two Brothers – Steve wrote this for his friends Nikki Sudden and Epic Soundtracks from Swell Maps shortly after Nikki’s death in 2005. Once again the NoMen go all Rock’nRoll guitar hero after a folky intro!
I Hate Reunions – Sweet, semi-psychedelic ballad. Similar in sound to Black Sabbath’s ‘Planet Caravan’ from the Paranoid album!
I Don’t Cry at Funerals – Another newish song. Kind of a garage rock thing…
7 Day Psalm – samples, loops and lashings of echo… more sonic weirdness from the NoMen. Brian NoMan pitched in with the loops and some guitar on this track.
The Treatment – another version of a song from the Steve Treatment 7″ on Topplers, although this was one of Steve’s earliest songs. The NoMen do this in a velvety latin style!!!
All My Friends Are in the News – Another of Steve’s sweet ballads.
Cabinet of Disciples – this is an almighty noise… but sometimes that is what the NoMen do best!