‘Transpiritual Stomp’ is the opening track on Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest, the first album by The Fireman.
The album was the first in a series of collaborations between Paul McCartney and producer Youth (Martin Glover).
I was planning to edit them into one single mix, but he said he wanted them as an album. I had slight reservations because if I had known it was going to be an album I would have done them slightly differently. As a bunch of 12-inch mixes they’re excellent very spontaneous and, though I don’t want to get bogged down in the dogma of conceptual music, they have a charming naïveté. But, to be honest, as an album it may fall a little short.
But all due respect to Paul, though: he felt it was valid as an album and was saying, ‘I don’t care, I think it’s great! I want it like this!’ He didn’t want anything changed, not even the titles that I gave to each mix on the night. I wasn’t really thinking too much about them, they came spontaneously – it was a full moon that night so I was getting quite esoteric – ‘Transpiritual Stomp’ had a kind of pagan feel, I could imagine a cavemen kicking up the dust to it, and ‘Sunrise Mix’ was the last one of the night, done as the sun was creeping up over the horizon.