- Lung Function Years: Solo & Side-projects To / Var
- (Boxed Set, Oversize Item Split, 5PC)
- Artist: Various Artists
- Format: LP
- Release Date: 9/2/2016
The Lung Function Years gives an insight into Adrian and Derek Smith's musical legacy from 1982 to 1986 focusing on their Lung Function label, solo work and side projects Half Nervous/Those Nervous Surgeons, EFF (Eject Or Fast Forward) and Click Click. In 1976, Adrian got a decent tape machine and recorded everything he ever created. From 1977 to 1980, and before starting the Lung Function Label, Adrian and Derek had the post-punk project Those Nervous Surgeons (Adrian Smith - guitar/synth/vocals; Tim Wilson - bass; Derek Smith - drums; Mark Turney - guitar) and Half Nervous (Adrian Smith - synth/vocals; Derek Smith - drums/designs/direction). In 1980, Adrian took possession of Tim Wilson's Wasp synth and Akai reel-to-reel. He worked alone and eventually asked others to help expand on the music. From 1980 to 1981, the brothers were very productive, creating the skeletons of songs which would be shaped into the music of Click Click. But before this, Adrian started to release music on cassette under the names Another View and later on as EFF. In 1981, changing their name to Click Click, they added funky experimental guitarist Rick Camp to the band and recorded "Silver Single". Their sound mutated into post punk/jagged rock. But after much turmoil in the band, they break up and the guitars and the name changed back to Half Nervous. In 1982, Adrian and Derek begin to gig as an electronic duo, their friends donated equipment and Derek acquires a set of electronic drums. Over two weeks they developed and recorded Behind Dark Glasses. It is a brash, Residents influenced collection of dark industrial electronics. At same time, Adrian Smith releases If Look Could Kill and in 1983 Another Bag Of Legs For Ya is recorded onto a borrowed Portastudio but is never officially released. Half Nervous (Jenny Prestana on viola at this time) change their name back to Click Click and record a version of "The Sack" and revisit more of Adrian's solo work as well as versions of "Natural Actions" and "The Last Chance" from Behind Dark Glasses. From 1984 to 1986, Click Click (with Jon Morris replacing Jenny's viola with another Wasp synth) are back in full flow, Adrian's solo material continues to materialize especially under the moniker EFF. Since 1986, an ever increasing collection of cassettes and hours of recorded music sit unheard in the vaults of Lung Function.