Cheated was released January 1981
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Type Cat No. Label Country
Double 7″ ARIST378 Arista UK
On Time Tells No Lies CD HV-1001 High Vaultage Records Germany
On Time Tells No Lies CD PCCY-01289 Pony Canyon Japan

Track List
Title Writers
01. Cheated S.Carroll/T.Troy 3′ 52″
02. 30 Pieces Of Silver T.Troy/C.Troy/D.Potts 3′ 56″
03. Flirting With Suicide(Live) T.Troy/S.Carroll/C.Troy/D.Potts 5′ 02″
04. Panic In The Streets(Live) T.Troy/S.Vermeulen/D.Potts 3′ 46″

Name Instrument
Tino Troy Guitar, Vocals, Lead On 2,3,4
Chris Troy Bass, Vocals
Steve Carroll Guitar, Vocals, Lead On 1
Dave Potts Drums

Interview Links
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Additional Information
Studios Engineering
•Battery Studios, London and Live At The Marquee, London •Mike Shipley
Mixer/Producer Artwork
•Tim Friese-Green Except Adam Sieff 3&4 •Rodney Matthews
General Notes

Inside left

Inside Right

The sleeve notes from back cover

The evolutionary dilemma of the praying mantis rests on the eagerness of the female to eat anything, including the male. How one gets by that problem in a sexually reproducing species I submit to psychiatrists as a knotty one. Evolution, however, has come up with an answer and, grisly though it be, it works. The female is endowed with poorer eyesight than the male, and she can see him only when he moves. But he has the eye of an eagle concerning what she is up to, whether washing her wings or grooming her insect-equivalent of eyebrows before an insect-equivalent mirror. In the time of sexual heat she of course attracts him, but the long history of the species has equipped the male with inhibitions

concerning his consort’s less attractive qualities. He approaches her, compelled. But a turn of her head in his direction freezes him. He has the capacity to stand without motion, perhaps with one leg lifted, for an hour or more. And, so posed, he remains invisible to her. Sooner or later she will lose interest and return to the diversions of the powder room. And he will make another foray.

That sex can be a dangerous game requires no comment. Back in the 1930’s, however, a zoologist named Karl Roeder became so impressed by praying mantis relations that he made an elaborate study of the neurological arrangements making survival of the species possible. For while the male, with a final leap, may secure himself on her back unnoticed, there to proceed with copulation, a fair chance exists that he will fail. At the last instant she will glimpse his movement, seize him with her deceptively named forelegs, and begin to eat him. She begins always by chewing off his head.

Having lost his head, he literally loses all fear of her. Roeder found that the centre of inhibition lies in the male’s brain, while the sexual drive has its centre in the abdomen. Headless, abandoned freely to the sexual compulsion, he wrenches from her grasp, mounts her back where she cannot see him, and copulates. Then slowly he will weaken, lose his grip,

and die. When he slides off to the ground, she will discover him again and finish eating him.


PUBLISHERS ‘Collins Publishers’.

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I have been a Praying Mantis fan since I first heard "Captured City" on Metal for Muthas. Time Tells No Lies has always been on of my favourite albums and I was overjoyed when I first discovered it was out on CD. I didn't know what had happened after the first album until in about 1994 I discovered "A Cry For The New World". I was worried about getting it as I thought it had to be a disappointment but I was wrong. I loved it and have followed the band and maintained this website ever since.

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2 comments on “Cheated
  1. Dirk Nessler, Essen, Germany says:

    This Double 7′ has once again a far outstanding artwork and corresponding melodic metal highlights on all 4 sides. If you listen to this record, you have to stand up 3 times to flip / change the 7′ record and every time you will be keen on what’s coming next.
    One of the most collectable NWOBHM EPs including live tracks, not sounding as if recorded with a toaster. If you get a chance to buy a copy, don’t hesitate.

    E.G.: Take the vinyl, not a CD re-release, because of the nice artwork

  2. Michael Arnold says:

    I was a heavy metal kid back in the late seventies and early eighties and was a huge fan of Preying Mantis. I even made a big patch of the band’s logo (I couldn’t find one to buy) and sewed it onto the back of my denim jacket! I wore it with great pride, especially as I knew it was a complete original.

    Twenty two years on and I’m rediscovering my metal routes, and loving every minute of it. Unfortunately I sold Time Tells No Lies along with all my other metal albums when I became a Smiths fan in the mid 80s, but I held onto the double single of Cheated and a few other choice metal 45s. Tonight I listened to it again for the first time in perhaps a decade and realise aftert all these years what a great band PM were. They could certainly write a catchy rock tune, and the guitar work is of an equally excellent pedigree. I also listened to some Tygers Of Pan Tang stuff tonight (one of my other fave NWOBHM bands in 1981) and it hasn’t stood the test of time any where near as well as the PM single. Now if only I could get my hands on a CD of the album and relive those heady headbanging days. All the best to Tino, Chris and the guys, wherever you are.

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