Collect band at 1pm. Head for Sheffield for Radio Hallam interview
with Richard Tandy.
The Leadmill, for a Janice Long Show special. Steve and Ian
interviewed. Then meet other participants Glen Gregory, John Foxx and
The Lotus Eaters. The band is then interviewed on the premises by Mark
Vibrant for BBC Radio Sheffield. We then go back to radio Hallam where
the boys have been invited back to take part in Richard Tandy's
request show which goes on air at 11.30pm.
Drive to London with band plus session bassist Steve Smith on our way
to start London based live rehearsals so that Polydor can assess the
use of additional musicians. Unfortunately my car breaks down
dramatically on the M1 and I manage to limp it to Crick near Rugby
where it is abandoned in favour of a hire car. Resume our journey by
on arrival at Chris Carr's office we find that our delay has meant
that we have missed all our planned meetings. Instead we meet up with
drummer Rick Martinez who takes us for a meal at Porters Pie factory
before we check into the Columbia hotel.
The Church Rehearsal Studio Southwark: First day working towards
Polydor audition of the extended live line up. The Church is part
owned by Vince Clarke of Yazoo who we meet on our arrival. Worked
until 6 pm then return to hotel. David meets up with Chris Carr and
Sarah at The Ad Lib Club in Kensington where Chris's business partner
Claudine is having a party with her husband Michael Rielly of Steel
Pulse. He also meets Jimmy Helms and Peter Powell there.
The Church Rehearsal Studio Southwark: another day working on
potential live set. I return in afternoon with news from Polydor that
Photography has entered the midweek Charts at 74. Sounds have reviewed
it in their singles page. Return to hotel at 6 pm and hear Peter
Powell play it on Radio One.
Another day rehearsing at The Church. Mid afternoon Steve Smith leaves
for Wakefield to attend a wedding. The rest of us meet Chris Carr and
the Polydor A&R team who take us to see a band that Chris is
publicising called Zera 1 at The Venue.
The Church rehearsal studios. Today it's just Steve, Ian and David
with a TR808 drum machine going through song ideas. David offers a new
idea called "Tighter" on which work is begun.
The Church rehearsal Studios. Steve Smith and Rick Martinez back today
for more rehearsal.
"Photography" requested and played on Annie After Dark on Radio 1.
Day begins rather dramatically with phone call from Ian to say that he
and David are under House Arrest by the C.I.D in the Columbia hotel
due to non payment of the bill. A few hasty calls to Polydor's
financial department soon sort the matter out.
Next I hear that Rick Martinez has crashed his car and will be delayed
from arriving at today's rehearsal. David and Ian get to The Church
studio first followed by Steve and Steve Smith. The plan is to perform
the results of the recent rehearsals with the session guys to Hugh
Jones, Polydor, Chris Carr and friends. While waiting for Rick, the
band does an interview with Simon from Blitz magazine in a local pub.
The performance in front of the assembled party is disappointingly
lack lustre and ends when producer Hugh Jones leaves for a recording
Polydor's views on the new arrangement are inconclusive. Drive Steve,
David and Ian back to Wakefield. On the journey David expresses doubts
about the merit of enhancing the live line up while Ian is still
strongly in favour of it.
Janice Long plays Photography on Radio 1 evening show.
Amazon Studios Liverpool: Drive David and gear to the studio. Meet our
engineer whom the band enjoyed working with last time we were here,
Geoff Higgins. On arrival we get message to say that Hugh Jones will
not get here today because his previous project has overrun. Check
into Rockland Hotel, Ian and Rick Martinez meet us here.
Amazon studios Liverpool: Drive David, Ian and Rick across. Hugh Jones
arrives at 11am. Steve comes over soon after in a hire car. Hugh and
David begin working on rhythm parts with a drum machine and this
sparks off a big row between them and Rick Martinez. Rick argues that
as he's here and rehearsed he should be doing live drums not
embellishing drum boxes. Not a good start. Hugh argues in favour of
working his way and I marshal the angered parties in the direction of
the pool room. Guide parts are then recorded For "Moments" and "Blue
Emotion". Meet up with the March Violets who are recording a single
across the corridor. They also borrow some of our equipment.
Amazon studios: Day doesn't start well as we see a lousy review of
"Photography" in the Record Mirror which proclaims "you should have
stuck with Bill lads". Guide track recorded today for "Breaking The
Boundaries". Steve sets off for London to deliver some sleeve ideas
for the next single (Secrets). David pops next door to do backing
vocals on March Violets version of the T. Rex song "Children Of the
Amazon Studios: Ian and David get interested in the nearby
Frigoscandia factory and wander round looking for potential photo
shoot locations for an expected Melody Maker interview next week. Back
in the studio David records bass guitar for "Boundaries", "Blue
Emotion" and "Embers" and a Minimoog bass part for "The Moment". Steve
returns to Liverpool.
Amazon studios: Rick's girl friend Rosie arrives for the weekend.
David records mini moog bass for "Embers", and electric and acoustic
guitars on "Boundaries" Ian comes up with the middle eight keyboard
part on the Memorymoog. A huge flight case arrives from London
containing a Mellotron. This is immediately put to good use on
Amazon studios: Hugh decides that they need to do a new version of
"Blue Emotion". Rick Martinez adds drum parts to this which are put
through an AMS delay box. Then the session finishes with guide guitar
and vocals from Steve and David.
Amazon studios: David does bass guitar for "Blue Emotion" Version 2.
Steve Smith arrives followed by The Melody Maker people - Helen
Fitzgerald and Tom Sheenan the photographer. I arrange for one of the
studio sofas to be taken to the location Ian and David found the other
day and this is used for some shots of Ian , Steve and David which
we'd asked Tom to do with a view to using them on the "Secrets" cover.
We also got him to take shots of the furniture without the band! Some
other shots are also taken in the open air with Steve Smith and Rick
Martinez included in the line up. I can see that this troubles David.
Back in the studio Ian works on a triggered Minimoog part for "Blue
Emotion V2". Helen Fitzgerald takes the opportunity to interview the
band in the quieter moments. After the interview Helen stays to see
more of the recording.
Amazon studios: David records strings for Blue Emotion V2, then Ian
does the "2001" part on Memorymoog. David then has a conference call
with Chris and I in which he states that he is unhappy about the state
of affairs with the session men and that he believes that Ian has
given them the impression that they are to become part of the band.
This was compounded in David's view by Bassist Steve Smith arriving
unexpectedly with a bass and a guitar. Chris agrees that the sound of
the band would be compromised by this turn of events and suggest that
we think of a way forward that suits all. Chris says he will talk to
David records piano parts and Jupiter 8 Chorus chords for
Amazon studios: Hugh Jones pulls a very clever stunt. He calls for a
live take of "Splurge" involving Steve Smith on bass and Rick on drums
with Steve, Ian and David all playing together in the studio. After a
little arguing from David and bemusement from Steve this is done. As
he had planned, Hugh uses the result to demonstrate that an extended
line up of this sort does not end up sounding anything like Fiat Lux.
I arrive in time for the playback and call an immediate band meeting.
All three members are now suddenly in agreement that they should
remain a threesome. David and Ian get back to work on the instrumental
and middle part of "Boundaries" and the crisis seems to be over. The
night is concluded with a good vocal by Steve on Blue Emotion V2.
Morale certainly seems to be restored.
Amazon studios: Steve works on more vocal parts. David's girlfriend
Dannette arrives at the studio. Hugh works on drum parts for "Embers"
with Rick adding live drums according to Hugh's instruction. Steve
uses a piece of wood found during the other day's photo shoot to
create an ambient percussion part in the studio live room.
Amazon studios: David working on piano part and guitars for "Embers"
and devises a middle eight part with Hugh while at the piano. At
midnight Dannette produces a cake and presents for David's birthday
and all join in the celebrations.
Amazon studios: Visit from the London crew to see how things are going
- Chris Carr, Sarah, Billy Keane from Polydor and also Ian's wife Mary
in attendance. Hugh plays back the work in progress. David then works
on piano parts for "The Moment".
Amazon studios: I arrive at the studio and have a meeting with Chris
Carr. It seems that there is still a bit of an atmosphere and we have
a bit of a pep talk with each band member. Meanwhile Hugh continues to
work on bouncing and treating tracks. The visitors return to London
and I take Steve Smith back to Wakefield.
Amazon studios: Hugh works on drum pattern for "No More Proud" David
adds two Minimoog bass parts and guitar.
Amazon studios: Steve and Ian return to Wakefield. Hugh records
various drum parts with Rick Martinez with David in attendance.
Amazon studios: More replacement of drum machine with Rick on real
drums on all tracks thus far.
Amazon studios: Rick goes off to Monmouth. Work begins on "Splurge"
version two. David records guitar, bass and bass Minimoog to a
defiantly drum machine-led new version. Later Mellotron voices are
Amazon studios: Day of track bouncing, mixing and mending. Geoff
Higgins hands over to Gil Norton in the engineering department.
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