Curtain Call

Album: The Black Album (1980)
  • This epic The Black Album track begins with Dave Vanian's eerie harmonium chords. He told Mojo the story of the song: "I was more into classical music and film soundtracks, where the music moves and is about emotions. 'Curtain Call' took ages. I had bought a harmonium for £49 when I lived in a basement flat in Islington. It used to creak and groan and I'd put a microphone in the back of it and tape it. That became the first part, then Captain (Sensible) added his guitar lines. Every time we did any demos we'd write another bit. I saw it unfolding like a movie. Before we knew it, it was 18 minutes long."


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