Homework is an album of previously unreleased demos by John Du Cann, with drum programming by Paul Hammond.
In 1981, the recently reformed Atomic Rooster signed to Polydor Records to release two singles, with the option of an album to follow, should the singles prove successful. Although the singles, "Play It Again" (1981) and "End Of The Day" (1982), performed well in rock clubs and on specialist rock charts, they failed to make an impression on the national charts. Consequently, Polydor dropped the band. Shortly afterwards, owing to resurfacing internal tensions, Du Cann left Atomic Rooster for the second and final time.
Du Cann's demos, recorded between 1979 and 1981 for the projected album, were never completed and remained unreleased for several decades. In 2008, Du Cann licensed them for release by Angel Air Records, under the Atomic Rooster moniker. The album was rounded out by the inclusion of the six A and B-sides of the two Polydor singles. The two Polydor singles, issued on both 7" and 12", featured Gillan bassist John McCoy.
The CD was compiled and annotated by Record Collector's Joe Geesin, and featured quotes from John Du Cann.
All songs written by Du Cann except where noted.
- "The Dukes Theme" 3:24
- "Make Me Strong" 2:50
- "The Devil in Me" 4:13
- "Fool" 3:13
- "It Can Wait Another Day" 2:48
- "C.O.D" 3:08
- "Mind Over Matter" 3:29
- "A Matter of Time" 3:18
- "Cut the Wire" 6:31
- "X-MASS" 2:00
- "Open up the Sky" 3:22
- "City Boy" 2:49
- "The Band Played On" 2:20
- "Different Words" 2:31
- "Leopard's Skin" 2:32
- "The Buck Stops Here" 1:42
- "Somebody's Looking After You?" 4:31
- "Play it Again" (Du Cann/Crane) 3:12 - single A-side (1981) *
- "Rebel with a Clause" aka "Start to Live" 2:58 - single B-side *
- "Devil's Answer" 4:11 - live in Milan 1981; 12" B-side *
- "End of the Day" 3:28 - single A-side (1982)
- "Night Living" aka "Living Underground" 3:39 - single B-side
- "Tomorrow Night" (Crane) 4:51 - live studio version 1981; 12" B-side *
JOHN DU CANN lead singer and songwriter with ATOMIC ROOSTER was on a roll back in 1979. He and VINCENT CRANE had just reformed the band and had negotiated with EMI a licensing deal for a new album.
Straight after its release 1980 they made a move to Polydor who released two three track singles (included here as bonus tracks in their entirety) in 1981 and 1982.
A new album was required to back up the singles deal and John spent nearly 9 months writing and recording his songs for that killer album. Sadly Polydor ‘passed’ after the lack of single chart success and the album never saw the light of day -until now
Mastered under the watchful eye of Du Cann from masters supplied by him.
This album contains a more modern ROOSTER with influences from New Wave and possibly punk. "A Matter of Time" is one of the better tracks of the album. They still knew how to construct songs and write lyrics, they had simply changed though. A song like "Cut the Wire" is still interesting, it is just not what I expect of an ATOMIC ROOSTER album.
These recordings are somewhat stark and naked...and the odd electronic percussion doesn't really fit the music. But if you concentrate on substance, Rooster fans are likely to find some real gems in this obscure little basket...An interesting snapshot of things that never gelled decades ago.
www.lmnop.com (March 2008)
Hard-core fans may claim the 17 rough sketches presented here (alongside the Vic Maile-produced singles) to be of Holy Grail significance...
Classic Rock (April 2008)
If Polydor had let Atomic Rooster finish their Homework...it could have been fantastic...
Record Collector (April 2008)
...a bold collection of some diversity that reaches back into their early 70's roots, while embracing some of the contemporary new wave snarling energy alongside elements of blues and prog rock...with its myriad of approaches, its imagination and energy, ultimately rewards.
RocknReel, April/May 2008
...tracks that were receorded for an aborted Polydor album between 1979 and 1981...
Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser (May 2008)
...a tantalizing glimpse of what might have been had record company executives not moved on to the 'Next Big Thing'.
www.hardrockhouse.com (April 2008)
...UK raunchy rock, heavy, plenty of organ and guitars...including a nice live version of Devils Answer.
Feedback (April 2008)
A band to be discovered and rediscovered...
Odymetal, www.myspace.com (May 2008)
Pretty much each and every one of these twenty-three songs were well written and clearly had strong arrangements intact... Store this one right next to your Rooster classics 'Death Walks Behind You', 'In Hearing of...' and 'Live At The Marquee'. A must-have.
www.aural-innovations.com (May 2008)
…completes the story in the fine style…remind us why the Rooster still was crowing so loudly.
Jo-Ann-Greene, Goldmine (May 2008)