Interim Report, March 1979

Interim Report, March 1979 album cover

The Warrington-Runcorn Development Committee commissioned this music in early 1979 as the soundtrack of a short film to publicise the work of the Committee in providing a thriving cultural life for the residents of the new estates of Warrington and Runcorn. Excerpts were shown later that year on BBC’s Nationwide.

1979 marked a change in the political and wider culture of British society. The Warrington-Runcorn development marks the swan song of post-war urban planning in the UK – soon, the ethos of building better communities would be replaced by Thatcherite “no such thing as society” greed. And look where that got us.

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Reviews

“A potentially overhwelming experience for anyone ever separated from their mum in a crumbling multi-storey car park”
Electronic Sound
“Modern industrialized society is filled with ghosts. Chapman-Fox has found some of them and given them a voice. The results are dramatic and chilling, lasting long after the record ends.”
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“Mercilessly evokes the golden age of Brutalist town planning, with dystopian analogue synths conjuring images of graffiti-covered subways, desolate multi-storey car parks.”
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Tracklisting

A1 – Gateway to the North – 2m 58s
A2 – Aerial Views by Helicopter – 3m 21s
A3 – Castlefields – 6m 06s
A4 – The Town of Tomorrow – 5m 48s
B1 – Intercity – 3m 04s
B2 – Shopping City – 6m 37s
B3 – Windmill Hill – 4m 07s
B4 – Gateway to the Future – 3m 41s

Pressings

First pressing – transparent yellow vinyl (300 copies)
Second pressing – white vinyl (600 copies)
Third pressing – yellow and black splatter vinyl (600 copies)
Fourth pressing – due 2023 – yellow, clear and black splatter vinyl (two patterns, 1,000 copies)
CD digipack