3AM Eternal: The Field Mice “Missing The Moon” (1991)

If you’re going to break up, then going out with your best song is the way to do it. That’s exactly what Bob Wratten did when he split up his group The Field Mice. “Missing The Moon” is hands down one of his best compositions, and it’s simply a powerful song. The seven-minute number sounds of a type with bands such as The Wake and New Order, and I’ve often believed if it had been released on any other label than Sarah, it would have been quite a successful song. But maybe Wratten didn’t want that—going for “hits” wasn’t a part of the Sarah ethos of keeping things small and independent, of which he was very much a part—and that’s okay.

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