A couple of years ago, an obscure 1979 recording surfaced; which was supposedly from The Rotter's Club in Manchester. No record
of that venue could be confirmed, but the set-list was definitely from the Life In A Day tour.
The greatest surprise was the first song on the tape, a mysterious frenzied piano piece, driven by
Mick MacNeil's synths. When I asked him about
the song, he confirmed that it was called Hell, and had been specially written for the band's first
BBC Sesion on the 2nd April 1979.
The session remains unreleased and unbootlegged; and all that currently exists of this song is a badly recorded fragment.
Hell [Live Edit]: Apollo, Manchester, UK: 23rd April, 1979 (152K, .WAV format, 23 seconds)
The lyrics have never been published: a transcription follows
Somebody wrote me a letter...