Futile Exorcise album

33⅓ RPM 12” frosted transparent vinyl LP/digipack CD/download, 41 mins, 2017.

Owd Scrat Records, OWD003.

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Side 1:
Sunday Best (2.36)
Mackenzie (Smell of the Petrol) (3.25)
Bay of Biscay (3.36)
Lost High Street (11.00) video

Side 2:
Father’s Grave (3.51) video
Black Ear (6.47)
The Cruel Mother (with Lutine) (2.34)
Spit Valve (6.56)

Owd Scrat Records press release: “We at Owd Scrat are very proud to present our first full length LP, in beautiful transparent ectoplasm coloured vinyl and CD digipack, which is also the first by Liverpool UK based musician/artist/writer Paul Rooney under his own (full) name. Following on (though ten years later) from his acclaimed 2007 single Lucy Over Lancashire – a dub folklore epic narrated by a Satanic sprite – this long awaited album delves even further into the demonically possessed everyday. It is an album of revenant songs, in which various dead people return from beyond the grave to visit their lover, play poker or haunt a toilet seat. The record features many collaborators including actor Gregory Cox, mesmerizing ethereal harmonisers Lutine, and has a cover image by artist Leo Fitzmaurice.”


Futile Exorcise… is arguably the Liverpool artist’s most accomplished collection to date… a richly layered sound that builds on the dubby spaciousness of Lucy… with a greater range of instrumentation, effects and, importantly, voices, both Paul’s own and guest vocalists.” Bryan Biggs (Bido Lito magazine). September 2017.

Futile Exorcise, the brilliant new album from Liverpudlian multimedia artist Rooney… a record to return to again and again.” Julian Cowley (The Wire magazine). June 2017.

“I’m not terribly adept at unqualified outlandish statements of praise so forgive me if this sounds clumsy: this is the most extraordinary album I’ve heard in at least seven years, and probably for much longer than that… It’s a work to be absorbed, laughed at, unsettled by, but above all enjoyed, over and over again.” Mark Whitby (Unwashed Territories blog). 14/5/2017.

“Talking of acoustical experiences here is a very surreal idea, it’s by Liverpool’s Paul Rooney, it uses spoken word… from the point of view of a bit of spittle stuck inside the tube of a trombone.” Verity Sharp, Late Junction (BBC Radio 3). 18/4/2017.

Daisy Hyde (The Wire magazine, online preview). 22/3/2017.

“…Lost High Street consists of the rather wayward observations and autobiographical musings of a loner sitting at the back of an open-top bus as it tours Edinburgh. Rooney empathises and charms us into feeling the subjectivity of his protagonists. Who else but him could achieve such deep pathos with such down-to-earth subjects, methods and materials?” Robert Clark (The Guardian). 14/6/2008.


Lucy Over Lancashire 12″ single

45rpm red vinyl 12”, 16 mins, 2007.

SueMi Records, SueMi15 (and Owd Scrat Records, OWD001 2014 CD/download re-issue).

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Side A: Blank
Side B: Lucy Over Lancashire (16.27)

Lucy Over Lancashire (Remastered 2017) single

CD/download, 16 mins, 2017.

Owd Scrat Records, OWD008.

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1. Lucy Over Lancashire (16.27)

The ‘vocalist’ of the track is Lucy, a ‘spryte of the air’ who is possessing the grooves of the vinyl record itself. Above and amidst 16 minutes of righteous dub reggae and Lancastrian-tinged post-punk, Lucy tells of how she is damned to endlessly repeat Satanic stories about the English county of Lancashire that she has been told by the evil and shadowy figure of ‘Alan’.

The track was originally commissioned by Touchstones, Rochdale. and first broadcast on 18th November 2006 on the Radio Lancashire programme On the Wire, whose longstanding commitment to dub reggae provided one of the inspirations for the piece. The original red vinyl 12″ was released by SueMi Records, Berlin, in 2007. It notably reached the top 5 of the Dandelion Radio Festive Fifty of that year and received enthusiastic notices from Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Marc Riley (6Music) and Steve Barker (Radio Lancashire) amongst others. A CD re-issue on Owd Scrat Records came out in 2014, and a CD remastered version in 2017.


“Paul Rooney’s magnificent 16-minute opus Lucy Over Lancashire… has become something of a cult classic, and would certainly be one of my eight Desert Island Discs choices.” Bryan Biggs (Bido Lito magazine). September 2017.

The 50 best reissues of 2014. FACT (FACT website). 2/12/2014.

“Rich in comic irony, the narration is nonetheless as deeply rooted as a folk ballad… [a] thought provoking 16 minute gem.” Julian Cowley (The Wire magazine). Oct. 2014.

“It’s a masterpiece, is it not?… It is quite magnificent.” Marc Riley (BBC 6 Music)28/5/2014.

“…heavy dub that could easily come from the studios of Kingston”. Calum Craig (Is This Music? website). 5/11/2007.

“Don’t be scared, even though we in the studio are absolutely petrified after listening to that. Lucy Over Lancashire… Brilliant stuff from Paul Rooney, one of the most talked about tracks that we’ve played on this show…” Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1FM)3/5/2007.


Time On Their Hands by Rooney, album

Jewel case CD/download, 57 mins, 1998.

Common Culture Records, comcd009.

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1. Went To Town (2.05) video
2. Into the Lens (3.13)
3. Swarm (6.35)
4. Throw Away (3.46) video
5. It Unnerves Me Watching (2.25)
6. Touts (2.25)
7. Two Orange Dots (2.18)
8. Guillotine (4.08)
9. Scratched (1.33)
10. Perfect Couple (2.08)
11. Walked Round The Estate (2.54)
12. In the Centre of the Image (2.05) video
13. Things (2.39)
14. Marble Tiles (4.28)
15. Marks On the Negative (2.13)
16. It Unnerves Me Watching (Dalry) (2.34)
17. Fountainbridge (1.17)
18. I Can Spend Hours (1.17)

A collection of lo-fi songs of ordinary life by the band ‘Rooney’. The band were initially fictional and consisted of Paul Rooney alone but Colin Cromer, Ian S Jackson and other real collaborators later became involved. The songs are about wandering down the local shops, or looking at family holiday snaps, about overlooked moments and commonplace objects. Rooney released three albums from 1998 to 2000, garnering much support from Stewart Lee and John Peel amongst others (a Peel session and Festive Fifty appearance, for the song Went to Town, resulted).


“Without sounding at all retro this album revisits the original spirit of punk”. Rob Sandall, Mixing It. (BBC Radio 3). Mar. 1999.

“That narrative ‘songs’ can work is proven by Paul Rooney’s fascinating lo-fi collection… it is never less than fascinating”. Tom Ridge (The Wire magazine). Nov. 1998.

“…gorgeous, atmospheric guitar scores similar to Godspeed You! Black Emporer and Mogwai in half the space. Put simply Time On Their Hands is a little treasure chest. Seek it out.” Sarah-Jane (City Life magazine, Manchester UK). Dec. 1998.

Walked Round The Estate is especially good… what emerges is a kind of sweet nostalgia and praise for the everyday”. Gary Valentine (Mojo magazine). Nov. 1998.

“Rooney works the same alchemical miracle as the ‘Sensation’ generation of British artists, making the crushingly mundane fantastic via a simple shift of focus.” Stewart Lee (The Sunday Times). 18/10/1998.

“That’s (Went to Town by) Rooney on Common Culture Records, from an EP called Got Up Late, which is really excellent I think…” John Peel (Radio 1 FM). 28/1/1998.