Matt Hales, dropped by Mercury after two singles with the 45s, sent a tune off to VW. Since motor vehicle manufacturers rule the world and kill more children per day than Sadam Hussain does in a mass destructive lifetime it probably seemed like a good idea.
So just as the 45s were going down the tube, Matt was off in a car, strangely clad in diving gear borrowed from Jethro Tull.
Aqualung's new single is called "good times gonna come", and the story of how it whirled into the public gaze is much more interesting than the record itself, good though it is. It has a soulful sense of hope about it. It has some inventive noises and a gentle Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds shape that would be nice to hear on the radio instead of all that jiggy earwax remover they pump out these days. But when it fades, it leaves little behind. Unlike the car.