LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE
Released: 16th February 1987
Recorded: Electric Ladyland Studios, NYC. November and December 1986
Producer: Rick Rubin
Label: Beggars Banquet, Sire
First recorded during a radio session, it had a different arrangement, than recorded for the band's third album, Peace. When that album was scrapped, it was re-recorded for the replacement album, Electric. An extended remix was also created and released on a 12" single.
* UK press release sheet
* signed LRM 12" gatefold sleeve with promo beercans
IA: Yeah, we grew up in post-WWII Britain, and I think military conflicts and wars were very much part of our growing up. We grew up through the Falklands War; Vietnam had been romanticized through things like Apocalypse Now, so throughout our coming of age, there was all this military influence. I’m a huge history buff. It was my favorite subject at school, and I was always interested in wars and conflicts, possibly in a romantic sense. But when I saw Apocalypse Now, it had such a profound effect on me. It was like a religious experience when I watched that at 15 or 16 years old, and it became a part of the canon of areas I was going to write about.
I think “Love Removal Machine” came out of man’s inhumanity to man; it talked about materialism and prostitution as being other aspects of the machine that takes away from the human spirit, then put it in a rock ’n’ roll vehicle that was very accessible. It came out during the Electric album, and we were pretty hammered in the studio. [Laughs.] Or at least I was! I remember being pretty hammered when we created most of the songs.
It came out of so many different things, but the energy of it… The chords are pretty direct, an amalgamation of The Rolling Stones and AC/DC, which is what we were really into. We were into the power of riffs, music from the waist down. We weren’t really over-intellectualizing what we were doing. We were in a place where we weren’t the naïve kids in Southern Death Cult or Death Cult or even [what we were] during the Love album. We were now seasoned veterans at 24 or 25 years old. We’d now toured the world; we’d been on several tours. We’d pretty much had a huge career. In fact, we had a bigger career by the time we were 24 than most people have over a 10-year period. We’d been through a lot. But “Love Removal Machine” is kind of an aggressive song. Maybe I was railing against rampant materialism and being aware that I was becoming an object, that I was becoming a marketable individual, that the band was becoming marketable. We had a price tag on our heads. Maybe “Love Removal Machine” is a reaction against all of that.
(from The AV Club interview w/ Ian Astbury - jun 7, 2012)
* * UK poster * postcard