Pont le Rat – Good – Bit of a ‘hot mix’ but it’s a killer track. A Longlands – Structure – The idea behind the A Longlands Piano works is experimentation in melody. Not symphonic and perfect played or programmed piano that sounds like every piece of piano music you have ever heard, but distinctive melodies that take a timing inspiration from ragtime, Scott Joplin, the spontaneity of Miles Davis record sessions, (grandiose for sure) in that, Miles, before he went into a studio had no idea what he was going to play. He just played whatever come out that day based on a few chords written by himself or a member of the band, it didn’t matter to him. Just play whatever comes out. There’s a couple of melodies on a couple of the piano tracks, just a couple of moments that I am impressed by. Meaning, I feel like I didn’t write them. They were just recorded at the time, without thought and no plan. “Viking” there’s a melody that I definitely could not write if I tried to. And I guarantee, the more you listen to something, the better it sounds. This is the way with music. Repetition. That’s it’s secret. Repetition is familiarity.
Pont le Rat – Cambodia – Just a sketch to showcase a tube spring reverb unit from the late 1960s. Pioneer sr-101. A magic machine.
A song about celebrity “me too offenders” circa 2000. 7″ Vinyl and CD. Amazingly, Radio One played this daytime and night, for about six months straight. Signed by Boy Georges indie label, so kudos to them. Kudos to Stephen “Bell” Brown to be more exact. George got one of his buddies to put some backgrounds on the chorus, to make it pop more, but, to me it sounded, well, kinda gay, but I got to put my version on the subsequently signed album. (without the extra vocals/more understated and less ‘obvious’, musically). I grew up in gay clubs in London and used to see George DJ’ing and whatnot, while I was hanging out with Leee John from Imagination and Eric Robinson, from S Express. I flagged George down in Kings Cross, once, on the street, late at night, outside where I lived, at the time, and asked him if I could bring an album to him that I was working on, when it was finished. Being a great dude he was cool and friendly. The day after I finished that album, “Pigeonomics”, I walked it up to his record label office, in Camden, knocked on the door and left a CD of it with the two guys who had desks on either side of inside the door to the street. By the time I had walked back home, Stephen aka Bell, called and said ‘yeh we both really like it, and we’d like to put a single out’. A week and $2000 PR later the whole of British radio was playing the song. The first time I heard it on national radio I put my head in my hands and thought it sounded just awful. We tried to ‘remix’ the album in Whales, but I preferred my original versions and a release was set at a later date. I played some gigs and some festivals, Leeds and Reading (being the last time I ever set foot on a stage) and all was going amazing well, at which point I did an amazingly dumb thing; I chose to sign a subsequent record deal with Clive Davis is New York. And after that I did an even dumber thing; signed another deal with Sony/Columbia, being produced and written for and co singing in a band with Katy Perry. Ayayayayay.
You Been Sold
Mastered at Abbey Road. Damn fine lyric, a sentiment that rings out through the ages and my first SSL mix, engineered by Chris Scard. When in doubt, blame Abbey Road.
Make It Nice
Long lost classic
Second Album signed to J Records/Clive Davis. Sporting a bindi this time. Photo shopped portrait from the same Polaroid as Pigeonomics cover.