Solitary confinement in my opinion is the best Members song and one of the best punk songs recorded. I love the simple but clever play on words at the end of the song:
"on your own, by yourself, on your own by yourself, on your own by yourself"
"by yourself by yourself by yourself, by yourself"
"Buy Yourself this record"
I also love the different variations in the middle of the song, on this 7"version:
"Well I used to live in Camberly" "and I thought if I moved up to London, life would be very exciting for me" "you know because I'd go out at night and meet girls and things" "but nothing really happens around my neck of the woods" "except for this rather nice girl that lives across the way from me" "I tell you I got it sussed she's got a 40 inch bust and she's just just"
On the live version from Radio 1 in concert (also included in this posting) you get an amusing adlib from a stuttering young man with a slightly different theme:
"Well I used to live in Camberly right" "and I thought it'd be really great to move up to London"
"coz coz ccc... cccc... ccc... coz thats where it all happens init,"
"I mean, everywhere you go they say it all happens in London"
"I got this bedsit in earls court, near this pub right"
"and This pub was a bit weird right"
"coz all the blokes that go down there dressed like u-boat captains and stuff"
"They really looked like a motorcycle gang, but they ain't got any motorcycles"
"and they were friendly when I first went in there"
"till i realized they only liked me coz I was a young man"
"I don't go out much now"
"In fact I... I..... I..... don't go out at all"
"but theres this bird, this bird who lives across the way from me"
"and I tell you, I know she fancies me""I tell you I got it sussed she's got a 40 inch bust and she's just just"
1. Offshore Banking Business
2. Solitary Confinement
Secret Bonus Track
3. Solitary Confinement (Radio 1 In Concert) Dodgy tape here, so if anyone has a better version, or any other versions of this leave a comment.
If you like this then you have to buy this excellent album, it has all three versions of the studio recordings of Solitary Confinement, and the 7" and 12" versions of Offshore banking Business, and also both versions of Sound of The Suburbs. This album was recently voted as one of the all time top 25 Punk albums by Record Collector: