Guitar - Dobba
Vocals - Norbert
Keyboard – Norbert
When in January 1987 Norbert presented the lyrics to his new song "Nightmare of You" to Dobba, Dobba was utterly convinced that this would lead to a new direction for the band. No more juvenile sexual innuendos, no more meaningless bits of fluff forgotten after the first play. No, Dobba was now convinced that greatness was now in sight and the Fingolstones were maturing into a proper band. A proper band with meaningful lyrics and a real message. The lyrics to Nightmare of You appeared to be a tale of the perils of the one night stand but written in an adult way. No smut, no swear words just an intelligently written song that would appeal to anyone with any real interest in music.
An excited Dobba immediately began to write the slow guitar melody that drives the song along whilst Norbert wrote a short keyboard break to be used in the middle and at the end of the song. The song was then recorded and Dobba's gentle guitar and Norberts haunting vocals combined to produce a track quite unlike anything the band had ever laid down before.
It was at this point that Norbert realised that he had to come clean and admit that the lyrics were not his and were actually the lyrics to a song on the new LP by The Cure that he had just bought. He had copied them from the album sleeve notes and just changed a couple of the words. The real song was called "Kyoto Song" and was track 2 on "The Head On The Door" LP. Dobba was devastated, his dreams of finally hitting the big time blown away and he felt betrayed. After sulking for a bit and bingeing on a couple of puffs of Ventolin and a can of Kestrel lager Dobba forgave Norbert for the false hope he had been given and work began on the next track.
However as the track had a subtle charm to it, it was decided to keep it on the album. To this day the band dread that knock on the door from The Cures' Lawyers.
The inspiration for Nightmare of You or just plain and simple plagiarism?
And here is The Cure singing the song on which this track was (loosely) based.