Ian plays Leeds on the continuing Invisibility Tour. David and Steve
have song writing ideas day.
Repeat run of Peter Powell session begins today.
Word from Chris Carr that after the delays a Polydor signing is on the
cards for the end of the week. Ian, Steve and David do interview with
Wakefield fanzine "Positive Touch" at Wakefield pub The Elephant &
All down to London. First to Chris Carr's office and then to Polydor.
A&R man Billy entertains us at office then dines us at nearby Pizza
Pie Factory. Then to Columbia Hotel where Billy buys the drinks. Meet
Nico who is also staying there and whom Chris knows.
All afternoon with lawyer James Wylie looking over the latest version
of the Polydor contract. Back to Polydor for a bit of a social, still
not ready for the signing. Back to Yorkshire stopping at Steve's Dad's
pub in East London on route.
Return to London. Spend all day at Polydor. Finally signed the
contract by the afternoon! 5 year deal with yearly options on
Polydor's side. £60,000 for year one, Polydor funding all recording
costs and tour support. Steve announces engagement to his girlfriend
Gill who has accompanied us. All out for celebration pizza with Chris
Carr, and his and his PA Sarah. Band staying at Columbia Hotel
Bayswater again thanks to Polydor.
Meeting with Polydor PR man Paul Lowe to discuss tactics. The feeling
is that the next single should be produced by Bill Nelson and perhaps
be recorded in Leeds again.
Peter Powell gets excited about the signing on his Radio 1 teatime
show. Continued stay at Columbia Hotel. David retires early Ian &
Steve go on a drinking bout.
Steve too hung over to emerge from room, so David and Ian only attend
meeting with Chris and I to formalise management arrangements with
Chris's lawyer Nigel Pegriff. Then on to RCA music to talk about a
publishing deal. Ian to The Dominion Theatre to play in the London
climax of Bill's Invisability Tour. Ian's wife Mary attends as does
Bill's wife Jan, James Wylie and we meet Mike Score from the Flock Of
Early start for a meeting with Bill at his hotel to discuss making the
next single with him. Chris Carr in attendance. It is agreed that we
will go back to Ric Rac studios and that the tracks to be recorded
with be "Photography" b/w "Comfortable Life". Both were on the
original demo sent to Bill last year. Next a meeting with accountant
Ian Harring followed by lunchtime drinks in Holburn where char
informally with Melody Maker journalist and pal of Chris, Steve
Sutherland. Ian and and Mary stay in London with Bill while the
remainder of us return to Yorkshire.
Ian playing with Bill in Paris.
David with girlfriend Helen travels by train to London. They Meet
Chris Carr at their hotel (The Grosvenor) and then on to Polydor to
make arrangements for the official signing party. Evening drinks at
the Columbia Hotel with Chris Carr, and Sarah. They meet Mute boss
Daniel Miller and Depeche Mode plus Alan Rankine from The Associates.
David and Chris have an afternoon meeting with Polydor A&R team Billy
Keane and Alan Sizer plus Paul Lowe about the single plans and
possible video to accompany it. Ian and Mary arrive at the Grosvenor
in the evening.
Steve now also in London with Gill. Meeting and lunch with Chappell
Publishing Alan Maliena and his assistant Richard. Steve and Gill and
David and Helen go on to Polydor to supervise arrangements for the
official signing party this evening. Remainder of us go with Chris
Carr for another meeting at the accountant Ian Harrings.
Fiat Lux Signing Party at Polydor starts at 5.30pm.
Non-Polydor guests include Janice Long, Chris Marshall our plugger,
Richard Jobson and various Chappell reps who were allowed in by
Polydor because they are a sister company. Also there Claudine, Chris
Carr's business partner and her husband Michael from Steel Pulse. At
8pm the party moves on to the Pizza Pie factory in adjacent St Georges
Square where Polydor foot the bill for 10 diners. A cost of £113! All
then go on to The Columbia Hotel where we are joined by Alan Rankie,
Mike who owns Leeds venue The Warehouse and…Dean Friedman.
All back to Yorkshire.
BBC North In Concert Show recorded on 10/02/83 Transmitted tonight
under the title "Bubbling Under".
Back to London by train. To Polydor and with Billy Keane have a
conference call with Bill Nelson about recording plans. Then band get
taken to Rod Argents Music in Denmark Street to check out keyboards.
Back to Polydor for wine with Alan Sizer and Billy where we meet
producer Hugh Jones (Echo & Bunnymen and Teardrop Explodes among his
credits) who is set to work on material for Sheffield signing Clock
DVA. Billy then takes the band and Hugh for food and drink at Legends
then on for after hours drinks at The Columbia. Hugh and band hit it
off very quickly.
Meeting with Zomba Music publishers, somebody called Steve. Different
from the rest in that they didn't take us to
Lunch. Then on to Polydor for a low key meeting about video and gear
required to be hired for forthcoming Ric Rac/Bill Nelson recording
session. Then to a party downstairs for Haircut 100. Sent home with
sandwiches from it packed up for our train journey back to Yorkshire
on which we all have to sit in the corridor for much of the trip.
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