TOPPING FROM THE BOTTOM – finally released in mp3 format!

In 1999 I was still in my 20s and hadn’t (yet) given up hope that
someone in the music industry would recognise my obvious and abundant musical talents. There were a few close scrapes. The former manager of Carcass offered a
glimmer of hope. After a weekend spent with him and his family I wrote ‘Smell
the Air’, a song based on our shared experiences of boredom in the countryside.
Irritatingly, he interpreted this as me browning nosing him as opposed to being
inspired by him to write something. ‘Smell the Air’ is still one of my favourite pieces on the

Indeed, I suffered a few confidence knockbacks back then, in the days
when I used to listen to random people in the music industry; people that weren’t
equipped to deal with me because they didn’t share the same frames of
reference. It still happens today only
I don’t care anymore. The final nail in the coffin for Topping From the Bottom (as originally envisaged) was moving to
Leicester to start a PhD… suddenly I needed to think about other stuff.

So why release this thing now?
Well, partly because 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Random, the first Evil Dick
album to feature real musicians (the Banned Members). And because it’s about