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It’s too late to stop now
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For most of the period leading up to the recording of their first album, Flowers for All Occasions, and its subsequent promotion through tours and television appearances, only Forgie and the author lived in London. The buzz regarding their live performances was spreading thanks to a phalanx of stellar live reviews in the music and mainstream press. The author relates how Clarkey forgot or repeated verses of songs while drunkenly haranguing the audience, and TC too sozzled to jazz together, intent on bringing down the curtain once and for all. While the signing with Stiff and the album recording was duly scheduled, Clarkey became synonymous with the band's image and started frontman's ego and the band collective. However, he did not see any difference between performing for these people a few hours earlier onstage and socialising with them afterward.

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