Renaldo's CD Liner Notes:
You know how it is sometimes when you're
looking for inspiration -- maybe, every once in a while you
catch a snippet of conversation or read a choice phrase that
kick-starts an idea for a song title or lyric and suddenly it's
Now, these instances can be few and far between; that's how
it was for some of this, Renaldo and the Loaf's final album,
which took over 3 years to put together despite the advantage
of 8 track recording and early digital effects to help us on
We were fired up by intriguing phrases like 'The Elbow is Taboo',
'Here's To the Oblong Boys' and 'A Street Called Straight'.
In the instance of 'Hambu Hodo' that was seen on the side of
a distressed fast-food wagon where some of the letters from
'Hamburgers/Hotdogs' had fallen off; so, naturally, the lyrics
had to be equally distressed. 'Boule!' was recorded for a project
by the French band Ptose, who invited us to produce a cover
version of their song about an itinerant dog. Similarly, 'Extracting
the Re-re' was prepared for a touch tapes (UK) project on ritual.
Each song attempts to tell its own story, be it a child's desire
to control (A Street Called Straight), the ridiculous purdah
of an innocent part of the body (The Elbow is Taboo), a call
for help in times of angst (Here's To the Oblong Boys), the
rigours of a bread fetish (The Bread Song), the anger of a dance
teacher to the terminally inept (Critical/Dance) or a ritual
call to prayer, somewhere (Extracting the Re-re).
Personally important is that each song is also a distinct memory
of a time, place or observation; a diary of the odd scenarios
and obtuse thoughts that, back then, went buzzing through our
- Brian 1993
Loafy Things to Say:
There were a group of us sitting in a pub one Saturday night
talking and somehow the phrase the elbow is taboo
came into the conversation, either I or Brian actually said
it and we looked at one another and said, that would make
a good song title. It was only later that we decided to
make that the name for the album as well.
Renaldo & the Loaf are Brian Poole and Dave Janssen
All Songs Written, Recorded & Produced by Renaldo & the Loaf
--Except for 'Boule!' Written by Ptôse, Arranged by Renaldo
& the Loaf
Recorded Chez Struvé, Master Cut by Ian Cooper, Townhouse,
Sleeve Concept: Renaldo & the Loaf
Design & Realization: Me Co.
CD Package Design: Steven Cerio
Typesetting: Face Up
Elbows Cast by: Simon Stringer
Marbled by: Ahmed Sidki
Cover Photos by: Dave Warden
A ROTCOD Production 1987.
Thanks to: Trevor Gilbert who Played & Arranged
Treble & Descant Recorders on 'A Street Called Straight.'
--- 'g' (lady voice) & 'h' (inquisitive american)
on 'Elbow is Taboo'
Ptôse for Permission to Play 'Boule!'
'Extracting the Re-Re' originally conceived for
'Magnetic North' Project, Touch Tapes, London.
Waldo said: "Bite the Wax Tadpole".
Dave: I was reading a copy
of Readers Digest at coffee break one day and came across this
amusing piece of information. When Coca-Cola first went on sale
in China the marketing department looked for some Chinese characters
that sounded phonetically like Coca-Cola. When they translated
these characters into English they discovered that they meant
bite the wax tadpole its like Frass;
not a lot of people know that.