Saturday, 22 June 2013

Shindig Review

A very happy chap I am today. My album Boxes Windows and Secret Hidey Holes has just had a rather nice review in Shindig.  So a big thank you to Thomas Paterson and Shindig for this review. I should point out that the album is still available from Bandcamp as a CD or Digital download. I am now of to W H Smith to get my copy.........The Seeds are on the front cover this month.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The Terrors

On Tuesday June 25th at The Sq Tower Old Portsmouth Mr Stevens and I will be playing a new live score for the recently found 1929 silent sci-fi adventure film The Terrors. This event has been organised by The Portsmouth Film Society, and we hope to play our slightly improvised and occasionally organised but always chaotic musical score on the night armed with a couple of Synths some Melos Analogue Echo units a box of Cat Litter a Football Rattle, Swanee Whistle Castanets and Bagpipes (courtesy of Pipe Sgt Dan Del Piccolo) The film is just over 1 hour long and admission is £3. It all starts at 6pm

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

2 New Tracks 2014 Maybe

Have uploaded a couple of new tracks to Soundcloud which might make it on to the next album in 2014. The tunes are A Gathering off the Odd and Under the Hill.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Quiet Men

Ultravox's Quiet Men was released in October 1978, and was the last single by Ultravox with John Foxx as their singer. My Sister had the 12in white vinyl copy of this record which she got as soon as it came out, and on hearing this version for the first time I was hooked on it.
I started getting into Ultravox after hearing their blistering Punk/New Wave EP Retro and upon hearing that album I went on a bit of a mission to catch up with their back catalogue, picking up the Lillywhite/Eno produced 1st album Ultravox! plus the the singles Young Savage and Rockwrok. Why was Quiet Men so good????? Unlike the Systems of Romance album version, this 12in version of Quiet Men starts of with what can only be described as a driving Euro Disco (very Moroder) beat and Robin Simon's sharp and very catchy Guiter riff, and its loud!!! I loved this record so much I managed to borrow it from my sister for a while (did not want the 7in version) then in early 1979 I was strolling through Bournemouth with nothing to do, and popped into a record shop (as you would). Right at the front of the Punk/New Wave section of 12in singles was Quiet Men on White vinyl, all else went out of my mind as I snatched this record out of the rack and bought it. I do still love this record so much to this day. What makes this record so good??? for me its this simple, its early Ultravox, its on White vinyl its got John Foxx singing, the pressing is loud its better than the album version (which is still good) and of course its produced by Connnie Plank. What more do you need?