…and, well, anyone else in an appropriate location today. LOL at 4:36…
(Note: it’s great, but not quite as great as Take On Me.)
Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a show to stop you weeping
Was edited while you were sleeping
And this podcast will be planted in your brain
The sound of Trev and Simon
As some of you may know, when I’m not making music or words, I’m sitting at home staring into space producing The Trev And Simon Podcast.
‘Producing the podcast’ basically means that I have Trev and Simon come round to my place, hit ‘Record’ on my Macbook, squeal at various points, add music at the beginning and end, and email the finished file over to Simon. Then I go back to making music or words staring into space.
We’ve just done show 6 now – and it’s a goodie. Unlike Trev And Simon, who aren’t goodies. Because that was Tim, Graham and Bill, wasn’t it?
Yes, it’s back this week, South London folks! So come down to the East Dulwich Tavern on Wednesday night and collar me or Josh to get your Playlist, erm, played:
After iPod Night and iPod Night 2, here’s a sneak preview of my Playlist for this week’s iPod Night 3 – a celebration of people born on the 15th of July (a close runner-up for the title of that Tom Cruise movie):
1. Slave To The Rhythm – Grace Jones
In celebration of Trevor Horn (b.1949), who produced (and co-wrote) this track, which I’ve always loved. Not quite as much as Video Killed The Radio Star, admittedly… but then, that will probably make it onto the obligatory ‘Rustle-Up A Playlist To Kick Things Off At 7pm Before Anyone Else Arrives’ Playlist (yes, being hosts, Josh and I sometimes get more than one). I still get a tingle from 3:46, where it builds to Ms Jones saying: ‘And now, ladies and gentlemen… heeere’s… Grace!’. (Note to self: must do homage to this on second album.)
2. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
In celebration of Ian Curtis, (b.1956). I confess that in 1980 I was more likely to be listening to Fame or Super Trouper – I think the closest I came to cool that year was liking (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon – but, hey, I’m older and wiser now and at least recognise that Ian Curtis should be celebrated. That said, I’m still the only Guardian-reading, white, middle class thirtysomething in London not to have seen Control.
3. Under African Skies – Paul Simon
In celebration of Linda Ronstadt (b. 1946), who does backing harmonies on this track from Graceland. I realise there are far more obvious Linda Ronstadt tracks to choose – but this one has special meaning to me, as I used to sing along with Linda’s part as a girl and dream that someday Jim would fix it for me to do the same on stage with Paul Simon. ( I’m still at the ready and note- and word-perfect, Paul!)
4. I’m In The Mood For Ska – Lord Tanamo
In celebration of Dorothy Fields (b. 1907), the prolific and wonderful lyricist who wrote the words to Great American Songbook gems like The Way You Look Tonight, Pick Yourself Up, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love and Big Spender (as well as all the other songs from Sweet Charity, of course). I think she’d approve of this version of I’m In The Mood For Love, no?
Just to say, I won’t be playing Shanghai Blues tonight due to spending much of yesterday in both A and E. I spilled the contents of an entire boiling kettle over my right forearm and hand, and as a result am somewhat out of action. And also looking not unlike The Singing Detective. I shall leave you instead in the capable hands (or rather: lungs) of the great Tammy Weis, with Kit Massey on piano. And I’ll be back at Shanghai Blues on September 5th, domestic accidents not withstanding.
Well, birthday *eve* gig. But as you can see from my Tower Records review, that could make all the difference between me representing the next generation or not. So, you know, better come down before it’s too late.
Yes, I have an exciting (hopefully. As opposed to dull) gig on Saturday 25 July at one of London’s leading jazz venues, the Ram Jam Club (at The Grey Horse, 46 Richmond Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT2 5EE)
In what will be a veritable feast of summery bossa nova and chilled-out jazz, I’ll be showcasing songs from my debut album Photograph, plus other tunes, accompanied by the excellent Dave Colton on guitar, Paul Jefferies on bass and Ben Twyford on drums.
Tickets are just £5 (on the door, or call 020 8549 8709 to book a table), doors are 7pm, music is 8pm and they serve great Caribbean food. Well, it is in Kingston…
Here’s the Facebook event page.
Here’s a nice review of my album.
And here’s Keyboard Cat. (Sadly not booked to play the Ram Jam. They can’t afford hs fish. I mean: fees.)