Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports

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Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports
Studio album by Nick Mason
Released 3 May 1981[1]
Recorded in October 1979, at Grog Kill Studios, Willow, New York by Michael Mantler, assisted by Nick Mason; mixed in December 1979 & May 1980 at Village Recorders & the Producer's Workshop, L.A. by James Guthrie
Genre Jazz-rock, progressive rock
Length 36:15
Label Harvest (UK)
Columbia (US)
Producer Nick Mason, Carla Bley
Nick Mason chronology
Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]

Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports is the debut solo studio album by Nick Mason, Pink Floyd’s former drummer. Released in May 1981 in the UK and US, this was Mason's first major work outside of Pink Floyd. However, the album is considered by many[who?] a Carla Bley album in all but name, since she wrote all the songs and co-produced it.[3][4] It is sung by Robert Wyatt, except for the opening song.


The album was recorded in October 1979 but its release was delayed for almost two years.[5]

I made 'Fictitious Sports' more as an exercise. There's more longevity in 'Profiles'... it's strong enough to be accepted as a 'proper' record.

— Nick Mason, [6]

Originally, I had arranged to go to America and make an album using all sorts of material, but then Carla sent me a cassette with some of her ideas. It was very different from what she had done before and absolutely in line with what I like. So I thought it would be much better to do that than to struggle desperately to find things that work together.

— Nick Mason, [6]

Track listing

All songs written by Carla Bley.

Side one

  1. "Can't Get My Motor to Start" – 3:39
  2. "I Was Wrong" – 4:12
  3. "Siam" – 4:48
  4. "Hot River" – 5:16

Side two

  1. "Boo to You Too" – 3:26
  2. "Do Ya?" – 4:36
  3. "Wervin'" – 3:58
  4. "I'm a Mineralist" – 6:16



  1. ^ Vernon Fitch. "Pink Floyd Archives - Nick Mason LP Discography". The Pink Floyd Archives. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  2. ^ Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports at AllMusic
  3. ^ Fictitious Sports at AllMusic
  4. ^ Fictitious Sports: Credits at AllMusic
  5. ^ See: The credits on the album sleeve.
  6. ^ a b "The Amazing Pudding Reference Guide on Pink Floyd songs and records". Archived from the original on 2012-09-22.
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