Down to London again. Booked into the Columbia Hotel, Bayswater
Road. Apparently they're used to the likes of us here. Echo & The
Bunnymen are staying here too. Meet Chris Carr, his secretary Sarah,
his wife Margaret, Helen Fitzgerald of MM, Michael Dempsey ex Cure and
his wife. Went to "The Whiskey" with Helen and Sarah to see Roman
Holiday. Meet Chris's business partner Claudine there (she is looking
after their press), with her husband Michael of Steel Pulse.
Afterwards back to the hotel for meeting with Chris.
To Chris Carr's office, then on to WEA for brief meeting with Tarquin.
Then to Polydor who took us out for lunchtime drinks before a meeting
at their offices. Next meet Fiction Records boss Chris Parry at his
London Mews flat (once owned by The Rolling Stones - got to use same
lavatory as Mick Jagger!). He is interested in creating a 12" version
Ian goes back to Wakefield by train, while the rest of us go with
Chris Carr's to meet lawyer James Wylie for an initial chat. Brief
drink in Hog and The Pound afterwards then to Chappell Music where we
meet Geoff Chegwin. Good chat. Impressed with the facilities and
interest from this major publisher. Next to Polydor to tell them we've
got a lawyer before walking through the Polygram complex to Decca
where we meet their head Honcho. A bit less friendly, but interested
all the same in having us on his London label - home of Blancmange of
course. Move to another hotel in the next block, this time paid for by
Decca. Meet Chris in the Columbia for drinks. Newsbeat Interview is
broadcast today at 1730hrs.
Steve suffering after an early hours drinking session with Pale
Fountains and Hey Elastica! After brief meet at Chris Carr's office,
return to Yorkshire.
Recording session at Lion Studios Leeds to re-record backing tapes for
forthcoming BBC North show. It's a Musician's Union thing apparently.
Session didn't go too well with drum machine break downs and studio
facilities a little stretched, but they got something down in the end.
Steve and David to London BBC Maida Vale Studios to mix Peter Powell
Session recorded on 25/01/83. Engineer Mark Farrow at the controls.
Completed by 1300hrs. Chris Carr takes them back to lawyer James
Wylie's office where he draws up a contract to be Telexed to Polydor
and WEA, which is the first step towards formal negotiation. Next to
Chris's office where they try to contact Mark Rye about the proposal
of a 12" "Winter" which Chris Parry is still interested in doing.
Ironically mark has "Winter" playing on his answer phone. Eventually
Mark answers but won't commit until he "knows what the band intends to
do" about contracts. Steve and David return to Yorkshire in the
BBC North In concert rehearsal at Leeds University 5pm. Some cutaway
shots filmed today. Hospitality at BBC Leeds on Woodhouse Lane
"Winter" in at 17 in NME Indie Chart. BBC North In Concert - the real
thing. Lots of support from Wakefield scene in the audience. Melody
Maker's Helen Fitzgerald, Tarquin from WEA and Chris Carr make up the
London contingent. David gets first ever declaration of love via a
note from a girl in the audience! Unfortunately the audience PA fails
and doesn't work until half way through the set, but the TV recording
of the gig goes well.
Lawyer James Wylie has received a counter proposal to our draft
contract from Polydor, so Steve, Ian & David are summoned to London.
Chris Carr says that the A&R department had spend the previous evening
entertaining him and were very keen. The band peruse the contract and
make recommendations so that James can reply. Next a visit to Regard
Records a smaller label also showing some interest. Then a meeting
with Mark Rye about the 12" Winter at Chris Parry's office. Mark was
hours late and unhelpful on the subject. After food, Chris takes the
band to see a Fad Gadget gig at The Venue before they travel through
the night back to Yorkshire.
David back at KGM Studios, Bridlington mixing the Flowers Of Evil
tracks he produced in January.
Steve attending more meetings in London with Chris Carr. News that
Polydor are still very keen, but this visit involves meetings with IRS
records, Decca records and Chappell Publishing.
Ian has word from brother Bill that he thinks he has persuaded Mark
Rye to see the sense of doing the Chris Parry "Winter" 12" single.
Steve and David take delivery of a drum machine at home (Smithy Brook
Farm) and compose a new song "Embers".
Start of Peter Powell session transmission: one song per night.
Tonight's is "No More Proud".
Meanwhile the band record another Radio 1 session this time for Janice
Long. This is done in Manchester at The BBC Playhouse. Producer is
called Dave and the engineer Paul and this time things go very well.
Tunes done are "Winter", "Aqua Vitae", "Comfortable Life" and the new
one "Embers". Ian arrives later at 6pm to do the sax bits, then Steve
and David accompany him to Loughborough where Ian is rehearsing for
brother Bill's forthcoming "Invisibility Exhibition" tour. Bill
Nelson has a brand new blond haircut. After a bit of socialising the
three continue to London, staying at Chris Carr's house in Kensel in
preparation for another day of business.
Peter Powell session tonight transmits "Photography".
Early start in the morning to lawyer James Wylie more dotting T's etc.
All to Polydor to meet with their legal man Clive Fisher. A&R man
Billy Keane and his secretary Vander take the band to Ho Ho's
restaraunt for lunch. Chris joins later saying the deal is almost done
with Polydor at £60,000 including America. Back to Polydor for more
socialising then to Chris's Office where we meet Simon from The March
Violets. Another visit to Chris Parry's early evening. He takes
everyone to his local pub then back to Chris's where the band stay.
Peter Powell Session track tonight is "Winter".
Band to Chris Carr's office in the morning with hope of possibly
signing to Polydor today, but we are told that Clive Fischer has not
drawn up the contract yet. We are invited again to Polydor and Billy
Keane once more treats the band to lunch. Back to Chris Carr's Kilburn
Office, then on to Manchester BBC Playhouse to mix the Janice Long
Session recorded on Monday. Ian heads off to Manchester Poly to gig
with Bill for another Invisibility Exhibition date. Steve & David
attend after the mixdown. Also on the bill are Frank Chickens and
Steve's former employers The Yorkshire Actors Company. Backstage they
join Ian and Bill and meet Richard Jobson and Mark E Smith. All back
to Yorkshire afterwards.
Drive Ian down to Bournmouth for another Invisibility Tour date with
Bill. Steve and girlfriend Gill accompany.
Ian at Huddersfield Poly with Invisibility Tour. David on guest list
for Birthday Party gig at Leeds Warehouse.
Janice Long Radio 1 session transmitted.
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