This album was originally supposed to come out on Fuelled By
Ramen Records in 1998. J Church were scheduled to release a 7"/CD
EP of Electric Light Orchestra covers, Discount a 7"/CD EP
of Billy Bragg covers, then the two would be combined on a split
album. There's a reference to the EPs (marked 'coming soon') in
the Mailorder Is Fun compilation
CD booklet. Discount released their EP and the J Church tracks were
recorded but unfortunately (presumably due to Lance's illness) both
their EP and the split album never happened.
However, both sets of songs have now been released on three separate
occasions. Billy Bragg's manager loved the original EP so much that
he re-released it (in the UK, at least) on his own label. The J
Church tracks were spread over the Turn
To Stone singles and three compilations during 1997-8, then
formed the opening quarter of the fourth singles collection, Meaty,
Beaty, Shitty Sounding.
Johnny Takeaway from Hard Skin plays on Don't Bring Me
Down, Harriet Scott co-sings all the ELO covers and Manda
Rin from Bis (who at one time was married to Discount's guitarist
Ryan) does the shouty middle-eight on Turn To Stone.