In the summer of 2016, Paul Hamilton was asked to provide two artworks for a Pop Art-based exhibition in London. He submitted re-make/re-models of two iconic works by Richard Hamilton, the godfather of Pop Art. Also that summer, his band Reticents re-convened for the first time in six years to discuss their decade-old debut collection, "Grasshopper". The meeting went so swimmingly that the trio decided to have a go at recording something new. This song - "Tough To Trace" - was the product.
Obviously, Richard Hamilton was still paramount in Paul Hamilton's mind. One of Richard's students, when he taught Art in Newcastle in the Sixties, was the future Roxy Music front-man Bryan Ferry, of whom Richard semi-jokingly accorded the mantle of "My finest creation".
The subject matter of "Tough To Trace", plus its blatant art references, seemed like it could be perfect Ferry fodder, and it became a tribute/homage to both him and Richard Hamilton irresistibly and naturally.
My lords, ladies and gentlemen, we give you (ahem) Retsy Music.
For video, see here: vimeo.com/193181909