You Can't Tell How Much Suffering ( On A Face That's Always Smiling ).
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Sleeve art number 181 of the artwork project is taken from Gold Mother album and stars Duffy George as cover model. « You Can't Tell How Much Suffering » is about English emotional restraint. As mentioned in Folklore biography, ‘You Can’t Tell How Much Suffering (On A Face That’s Always Smiling)’ is a taut piece of ensemble playing lit by eerie ‘Ghost-Train’-ish whooshes and swirls from the keyboards. Larry Gott, liberated from old anti-rock strictures, is clearly having a field day with the whammy bar and effects pedals. Record Mart Magazine pointed out in 1999 that ‘How Much Suffering and ‘God Only Knows’ had guitar riffs similar to the Stooges, while Tim Booth recalls getting the slightly straight-laced teacher Larry Gott from school to take him and some classmates to see Iggy at the Manchester Apollo in the 1970s. “It was our only hope of being allowed to go.” As it happened, the teacher enjoyed it so much he took them back to see the Clash a few weeks later! Lyrically, it castigates the ‘brave face, an English illusion’; perhaps a tad too glibly for those of us who approve of a bit of Stoicism. More information about the project here : www.weallarejames.com #goldmother #weallarejames #jamestheband #sleeves #design #art #graphicdesign #virtualsleeve #artwork #artworks