‘U2XME1XMUCH’ was the first Landscape EP, a collection of three live recordings on 33 1/3 7-inch vinyl, sold live on gigs and distributed on the fledgling indie record scene (which was just getting to grip with punk) through distributors such as Lightning and Rough Trade. ‘U2XME’ got into the New Wave charts, but we sold many of the EPs at gigs, along with other merchandise such as T-shirts and badges – all using the ‘island’ logo designed by Christina Fraser. (We have a few boxes of EPs left, recently re-discovered in a Camberwell attic.)
To make the recordings, Richard set up a coincident pair of Shure Unidyne 4 mics, plugged into his Revox A77. We used discarded tape, recycled from kindly recording studios. No mixing – the band balanced itself in the room, on the gig. At the time we were playing the Stapleton (north London) every Tuesday and the Swan (Hammersmith) every Thursday.
We built up a loyal, enthusiastic audience at each residency, and met many people – musicians, engineers, roadies and journalists – who would later become friends, fans, collaborators and colleagues.