This enigmatic song runs to 4 minutes 50 seconds; backed by "Hypocrite
", it was released on the Wild Party label in 1985, the only single of a band that had so much potential but sadly came to nothing.
The lyrics were written by front man Noel Jones, and it featured Simon Pengilly on guitars, Gerald Goff on bass and Jeff Ward on drums.
Noel told this website that "This Poison Fountain" is "about pollution and the scant regard some have for the welfare of this planet"; the night trains alluded to in the song are "the ones full of toxic nuclear waste" that they
say is safe.
These night trains - or ghost trains as they were sometimes called - were a big issue in Britain in the early 1980s with the fledgeling environmentalist movement.
Alexander Baron - London, England