Introduction: Mark Kelly, writing in the Clutching At Straws remaster sleeve notes: The rest of the unreleased songs on this disc were all written after we finished touring with CAS in ‘88. We spent a number of months meeting at Pete's house to write. By this time relations between Fish and the rest of the band had become a bit strained. On the days that Fish did decide to turn up he would usually stay long enough to have a cup of coffee and tell us the music we were working on was ‘shite' and then leave. To be fair, we were as complimentary about the lyrics he showed us. In an attempt to move things along a stage further we booked into a demo studio called Tone Deaf to record demos of the material we had so far. Story from a Thin Wall, Shadow on the Barley, Sunset Hill and Tic Tac Toe were all recorded at this time.

Some of the lyrics from Tic Tac Toe appear in Fish’s State of Mind, from his Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors album. The music became The Release.

Tic Tac Toe
The children's game better known outside North America as 'Noughts and Crosses'.

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