The singles “Uncertain Smile” (originally released in 1981 in a different form and titled “Cold Spell Ahead”) and “Perfect” were recorded in 1982 in New York with Mike Thorne producing, after The The had been signed by Epic Records in the USA. However, the relationship between Johnson and Thorne quickly deteriorated as a result of Johnson’s heavy drinking and drug use, and disagreements between the pair over the songs’ production. The sessions were eventually abandoned and Johnson returned to London and began recording with Thorne’s former engineer Paul Hardiman, reworking the two singles.
The version of “Uncertain Smile” released as a single in 1982 had featured flutes and a saxophone solo from the Uptown Horns founder Crispin Cioe, but for the album the song was re-recorded, replacing the saxophone solo with a lengthy piano solo by Jools Holland. Holland revealed in his 2007 autobiography Barefaced Lies and Boogie-Woogie Boasts that it is in fact two separate solos edited together.
The edits on the US Promo 12″ were exclusive to this release.
Uncertain Smile (Long Version Edit) 7:14
Uncertain Smile (Short Version Edit) 3:57