ZANG TUMB TUMB DISCOGRAPHY “…which deny the freedom of the flesh…”


Shape of the universe

Type: Album

Format: Compact cassette

Label: Zang Tuum Tumb

Catalogue ref.: ZCIQ4

Series: Vanishing Action series no. 14; IQ series no. 4

Release date: 5 August 1985

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Sleeve design: XL Design; ZTT

Printed tracklisting

  1. A dog of a night
  2. Remember remember
  3. Relativity (One)
  4. Relativity (Two)
  5. Relativity (Three)
  6. Forever (What the hell)
  7. Wild hearts (…time)
  8. B-29 (shape of the universe)
  9. Life goes on
  10. Jupiter suite
  11. World of theory (Explode)
  12. When your heart runs out of time
  13. A dog of a night

Actual tracklisting

Side 1

  1. The voice of Tony Curtis 00:17
  2. Stanley Myers: A dog of a night 04:10
  3. The voices of Michael Emil and Tony Curtis 00:47
  4. Hans Zimmer: Remember remember 01:55
  5. The voices of Michael Emil and Theresa Russell 00:50
  6. Stanley Myers: Relativity (One) 03:25
  7. Stanley Myers: Relativity (Two) 01:42
  8. Stanley Myers: Relativity (Three) 01:46
  9. The voices of Gary Busey, Theresa Russel and Michael Emil and Theresa Russell 00:38
  10. Stanley Myers: Forever (What the hell) 02:21
  11. The voices of Gary Busey and Theresa Russell 00:33
  12. Roy Orbison: Wild hearts (…time) 03:30

Side 2

  1. Hans Zimmer: B-29 (shape of the universe) 02:31
  2. The voices of Michael Emil and Theresa Russell 00:27
  3. Theresa Russell: Life goes on 02:44
  4. Gil Evans & Orchestra: Jupiter suite 05:31
  5. The voice of Michaek Emil 00:17
  6. Hans Zimmer: World of theory (Explode) 04:21
  7. The voice of Michael Emil, Theresa Russell and Gary Busey 00:50
  8. Glenn Gregory & Claudia Brücken: When your heart runs out of time 03:30
  9. Stanley Myers: A dog of a night (Short version) 02:24
  10. Will Jennings: When your heart runs out of time 01:20

Occasionally the tracklisting printed on the sleeve art of a release isn’t 100% accurate. Tracks may be missing, mixes unspecified or misnamed. For this reason a more accurate actual tracklisting is shown alongside the printed tracklisting.

Sleeve Notes

Inlay: Outer


is a


amazing… but true

a souvenir of music and dialogue to remind us of Nicolas Roeg’s Insignificance







(ZTT logo)




(Island logo)

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’logo area’

’The Shape Of The Universe’ is a souvenir cassette, lasting over forty minutes, of music and dialogue to accompany Nic Roeg’s Insignificance. Side one contains: A Dog Of A Night, Remember, Remember, Relativity One And Two And Three,Forever (What The Hell) and □Wild Hearts. Side two contains: B-29 (Shape Of The Universe).Life Goes On, *Jupiter Suite, World Of Theory,When Your Heart Runs Out Of Time and A Dog Of A Night.

Music played by Stanley Myers, Hans Zimmer and *Gil Evans. Songs □sung by Roy Orbison, Glenn Gregory & Claudia Brücken and Theresa Russell.

’time will have been broken apart.’


side one

introducing Tony Curtis as the SENATOR

’it sure is a dog of a night…and tomorrow it’s going to be a dog of a day…’

Michael Emil as the PROFESSOR

’I didn’t choose America…I don’t care’

Theresa Russell as the ACTRESS

’We have an awful lot in common’

Gary Busey as the BALLPLAYER

’So you screwed another shrink’

A Dog Of A Night

produced and performed by Stanley Myers

Remember Remember

produced and performed by Hans Zimmer

Relativity One and Two And Three

performed and produced by Stanley Myers

Forever (what the hell)

performed and produced by Stanley Myers

Wild Hearts (…time)

produced by David Briggs and Will Jennings, performed by Roy Orbison

in the tick of time

side two

including dialogue spoken by Gary Busey, Michael Emil, Theresa Russell and TONY CURTIS

B-29 (Shape Of the Universe)

produced and performed by Hans Zimmer

Life Goes On

produced and arranged by John L. Waters

performed by Theresa Russell

Jupiter Suite

produced by Stanley Myers and Brian Gulland, performed by Gil Evans with his orchestra

World Of Theory (Explode)

produced and performed by Hans Zimmer

When Your Heart Runs Out Of Time

executive producer Otto Flake, performed by Glenn Gregory and Claudia Brücken

It’s A Dog Of A Night

produced and performed by Stanley Myers

Will Jennings When Your Heart Runs Out Of Time, and… (heard the one about the actress, the professor, the senator and the ball player?)

amazing…but true

…in the nick of time

to be acknowledged

Artists: Stanley Myers, Roy Orbison, Gil Evans, Hans Zimmer, Theresa Russell, Will Jennings, Glenn Gregory and Claudia Brücken Trumpet solo in Jupiter Suite: Lew Soloff

Music recorded at Lansdowne Studios, Lille Yard Studios, Abbey Road and House of David Nashville.

Album assembled and edited by Paul Morley at Sarm West London: engineer Bobby Kraushaar.

Engineer on Jupiter Suite: engineer Chris Dibbell.

Wild Hearts and When Your Heart Runs Out Of Time mixed by Nick Ryan.

Keyboard on When Your Heart Runs Out Of Time: Midge Ure, in his own back yard.

Soundtrack supervised by Mr Ray Williams for the Pollyanna Film and Music Company Ltd.

Stills photography: Dacotah

Notes: extracts from Ian Penman’s ‘Cuts.’

Correspondence: Paul McDonald and Chris Auty.

Sleeve folded and otherwise prepared by XLZTT ‘one more time’

Glenn Gregory of Heaven Seventeen released by a cautious Virgin

Claudia Brücken of Propaganda let off courtesy of Zang Tuum Tumb

Pollyanna’s thanks to David Briggs, Tonia Duvall, Alan Mercy and Tommy Valentino.

A sub-historical examination of the power that led to the Time of Insignificance written by Neil Norman is available through Sidgewick and Jackson, the well known publishers

Inlay: Inner

THERESA RUSSELL as the actress

GARY BUSEY as the ballplayer

TONY CURTIS as the senator

MICHAEL EMIL as the professor


associate producer Joyce Herlihy

executive producer Alexander Stuart

written by Terry Johnson

produced by Jeremy Thomas

directed by Nicolas Roeg

(Zenith logo) a Zenith production distributed by Palace/Recorded Productions

1 ‘the radiance of a thousand suns…I am become as death, the destroyer of worlds.’

2 Of the 245,000 people in the city, about 100,000 died that day, about 100,000 subsequently. Some died without visible injury or cause. Others were covered with bright, multi-colours spots. Many vomited blood. One man put his burned hand in water and ‘something strange and blueish came out of it, like smoke. Another, almost blind, regained perfect sight. But his hair fell out.

3 As insignificant as an autograph

4 In truth, we return to the end of the world.

5 The three men, otherwise nothing in common, retail themselves (variously bemused, dismembered, entangled) against the beautiful icon’s ‘vacant superior surface.’

6 And how the shape of the universe becomes her!

7 ‘So that Insignificance will have taken in…a distress signal…a planned overthrown of names…a stroke of fate…one night in Manhattan (a bit of The Dream

left over)…a vanishing act…a roll of the dice…a repeat performance…a love story…and entire history…the change of the world…a chance for the world…the ‘pristine world of theory’…and so on…and the rest…plus one…TO BURN WITH CURIOUSITY…

8 And so we might say coming out of Insignificance, we were only on our way to this exit after all, an end which refuses the end.

ZCIQ 4 (the cassette): part of number fourteen in a vanishing Action Series.

Manufactured by Island Records

℗+© Zenith Productions Ltd. 1985

All music published by The Pollyanna Music And Film Company Ltd.

Except the songs marked □ on the outside flap: published by The Pollyanna Film And Music Company and Warner Brothers Music Ltd.

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