Liberator had originally been inspired by Andy’s interest in World War II aircraft, particularly the B24 Liberator. The original sleeve idea took this theme further and was going to feature a variation on the ‘bomber girl’ nose cone art that many warplanes used.
Stand Above Me was the first single taken from the album.
Everyday was the third single release and is actually an old McCluskey/Humphreys song dating from 1987. The song was originally considered as the first single.
King Of Stone, Andy describes as about “choosing to be alone, but being lonely; being the King Of Stone”.
Dollar Girl was inspired by an article on Russian prostitutes who took payment in American dollars.
Dream Of Me was the second single release. The single had caused problems due to the fact that it was based on Love Theme Part 2 by Barry White, who initially objected to the use of a sample being used for the song.
Sunday Morning is a cover of the Velvet Underground song that first featured on their 1967 album The Velvet Underground & Nico.
Agnus Dei was the first song written by Andy for Liberator. The song was inspired by an album of cathedral music by Christopher Tye. Andy was so taken by Tye’s music that he rewrote the song to follow the chords.
Love You And Hate You was an old song that dated from the Sugar Tax era, although the original version was a slow reggae song. “Lyrically, its about loving and hating somebody” commented Andy, “you love somebody but they drive you mad”.
Heaven Is dates back to 1983. An early version of the song was performed live during a low-key tour in September of the same year. The lyrics are slightly shorter from the original version as Andy felt they were too long. He also changed the reference to ‘Selina Scott’ – a well-known UK TV personality to ‘Christy Canyon – a well-known US porn film star!
Best Years Of Our Lives was a stripped down song that featured strings and choirs. Andy described the song as “one of the best lyrics that I’ve written”.
Christine was another song originally written for Sugar Tax. The lyrics are a fictitious narrative described by Andy as “a song about a girl who works in a strip club in Manhattan, because she’s got no other way of supporting herself”.
Only Tears was described by Andy: “I guess it’s just about sadness at the end of a relationship really and how you should be dealing with it and how you should look upon life when faced with these things”.