First post-Christmas work at Ian Booth's demo studio in Dewsbury.
Work on a new track called “I Will Never Make You Lonely” then they
did rough mix of it. Call from Mark Rye of Cocteau Records: we have a
Radio 1 session!
Ian Booth's studios. Added extra 2 tracks to “I Will Never Make You
Lonely”. Steve missing, turns up later after drinking session sporting
Ian Booth's studio again. Started on backing track for “Propaganda”
and got towards adding live percussion to “I Will Never Make you
Lonely” (David says “roll on the new lyrics”).
Ian Booth's Studio. Recorded the percussion for both tracks and
mastered them. Left about 3pm with finished product.
Set off to collect tape deck borrowed from Ian Booth then did Radio
Hallam Interview in Sheffield 3pm with Richard Tandy. Sheffield Limit
Club gig in evening. Played to a scattered few. (We call it the “30
Limit” because we never get more than that through the doors.) Played
on Peter Powell who also plugs our forthcoming Birmingham gig.
Janice Long dedicates a play of our single to the “A&R Convention
heading to Birmingham to watch Fiat Lux tonight”. This was at Aston
University and it turned out to be a student Plastic Bag Party! This
meant you could easily spot the dozen or so A&R men as they were the
only ones not wearing bin liners. Mark Rye and Chris Marshall also
come up. Good gig. They even had a stage invasion during the encore
(Photography & No More Proud). Whisked into an ante room where Polydor
reps were keen to meet us out of earshot of the other companies.
Collect posters we have had printed to advertise the single. Lurid
orange. Go to BBC North in Leeds to do technical run for a forthcoming
concert they are filming with us. Ann and Mike are the producers and
after the event we join them for drinks across the road at The Fenton.
David to Bridlington to produce session by Wakefield band “Flowers Of
Evil” at KGM Studios. First day did drum tracks for the following
songs: “Freedom”, “Sing Sing” “Rolling Stock” “Englishman's Holiday”
and “Hoop La”.
“Flowers Of Evil” continue working with David in Bridlington. Steve
gets call from publicist Chris Carr from London saying all hell is
breaking loose. He has discovered that Mark Rye of Cocteau is close to
negotiating a deal with Polydor for £50,000 for 2 singles and an
album, with a special rider allowing Mark to own the tapes after 10
years. All of this is happening without the bands involvement or
“Flowers Of Evil” session continues for David. “Winter” enters
Alternative Charts at No 21, and the National Chart at 151. Rang Mark
Rye about equipment needs for Radio 1 session and he made no mention
of the Polydor deal.
David's last day in Bridlington. Rough mixes apparently achieved by
7.30 am the next morning!
To London. Arrive at Chris Carr's Office in the afternoon, then with
him to meet WEA records for an informal chat with A&R man Tarquin.
Drinks and chat about our situation with Chris in the evening.
Radio 1 Session for Peter Powell show at BBC Maida Vale. Plugger Chris
Marshall there to meet us. The session was produced by Bernie Andrews
(I was bemused to find that this consisted of him making 4 phone calls
as we arrived, then disappearing for the rest of the day, only to
return at about 7pm moaning that it's about time we were finished and
grumbling that it wasn't like this in the sixties with The Rolling
Stones). Mark Rye came down to see us at lunchtime with a hired Fender
Bass. Peter Powell called in to see how we were doing, but the session
was very fraught because the band were not used to knocking stuff off
quickly in a day. It wasn't like they are a full band that could play
all the instruments simultaneously. A steep learning curve! Mark Rye
rejoins us in the evening and we stay at The Hotel Rembrant near
Euston Road courtesy of Polydor Records. Still not enlightened about
the deal though, but while we were doing the BBC session Chris Carr
had been busy sorting a few things on our behalf……..
To Chris Carr's office in morning. He has arranged our own meeting
with Polydor. And we are wined and dined at lunch by their head of A&R
Alan Sizer, with Chris acting as our negotiator. This results in
further meeting with Mark Rye being blown out. Next we informally meet
Melody Maker journalist Helen Fitzgerald in a Kilburn pub near Chris's
office where we are also joined by Tarquin from WEA who seems
desperate to gain ground on Polydor. Also meet the woman who manages
the Blow Monkeys who I think was called Liz. Back to Chris Carr's
house for an evaluation of the days events before the long drive
through the night back to Yorkshire.
“You're ruining everything” type phone call from Mark Rye.
Gig at Ilkley College. Good fun. Very entertaining 7 piece college
support band, but they went on too long. Promised attendance by
Tarquin and Helen Fitzgerald failed to materialised. Steve kept
getting photographed by a girl from the audience.
Steve and David brave heavy snowfall to get to BBC Leeds for a
landline link up with Richard Skinner for tomorrows Radio 1 Newsbeat
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