Amazon studios: Hugh working on rough mixes in anticipation of vocal
session with Steve. But Steve is delayed so Gil takes Hugh and David
into Liverpool for a night out. Go to Everyman Bistro where they meet
up with Geoff Higgins and The Lotus Eaters who have a fine new single
called "First Picture Of You".
Amazon studios: The last days studio booking. Steve arrives for vocal
session. Hugh discusses the recent events with Steve and David and
rings me to say that neither wish to continue with the extended line
To London. Group meeting at Chris Carr's office in London. Main topic
of discussion is ideas for a video. (David has a black eye!) Interview
with journalist Betty Page follows then she accompanies us all to the
local pub where we meet up with Gene Loves Jezebel. Then for a meal at
the Lantern in Bayswater with Chris and Sarah before retiring to the
RG Jones Studio Wimbledon: This was supposed to be booked for mixing,
but as we are running behind Hugh has a session with Ian adding
saxophones and clarinet to the tracks.
Meanwhile, Steve and David and I have meeting at Polydor re-video.
Shown new Cure video then product manager Paul Lowe and Billy Keen
take us for a late lunch to discuss possible directors. The issue of
"extra band members" comes up and Billy and Paul assert that Polydor
have signed the three of them and that is how they wish it to stay.
Taxi to Wimbledon RG Jones Studio to join Ian and Hugh. Steve then
does backing vocals until 4am. All back to the Columbia.
RG Jones Studio Wimbledon: Session player Geoff adds Congas to "No
More Proud" with David and Hugh in attendance. Meanwhile Ian and Steve
make whistle stop journey to Darlington Arts Centre to open a music
workshop. Cellist Caroline Lavelle records parts for Blue Emotion.
Then David does backing vocals for The Moment.
RG Jones Studio Wimbledon: Trumpet is added by session man Luke to The
Moment and No More Proud. David finishes backing vocals to the former.
Steve then arrives back from Darlington and helps to record claps for
RG Jones Studio Wimbledon: A day of Steve and David's backing vocals.
David unearths an old Polymoog from a dusty corner of the studio and
uses it for harpsichord parts on Blue Emotion. The track is declared
finished by the end of the evening.
RG Jones Studio Wimbledon: Rick Martinez with Hugh adding extra drum
Ian is summoned from Wakefield to Polydor to see Billy Keane. Billy
intends to have a pep talk with him about the extra band members issue
which was raised with Steve and David last Thursday. (Ian is seen by
the record label as the catalyst of the affair). When Steve and David
and I arrive is obvious that things have not gone well as, before the
meeting, Ian had spotted new live backing tapes in the office which
have arrived from Amazon Studios and a row had ensued.
This is followed by a meeting for all with video director about
"Secrets". A whole host of ideas come out and by the end a complete
script has been envisaged with plenty of band input. Ian then heads to
the studio to check on Rick's progress while Billy takes the rest of
us to a Chinese/Jewish café before driving us back to our new hotel in
Wimbledon. Main topic of discussion at the restaurant is Ian's
reticence to drop the extended line up idea.
RG Jones Studio Wimbledon: Steve and David working with Hugh on
Breaking The Boundary backing vocals. Cymbals and maracas are also
added plus a Casio keyboard part. Meanwhile Ian heads back to
Wakefield via Chris Carr's office where he discusses yesterdays
matters with him. Chris speaks in favour of the Polydor argument.
RG Jones Studio Wimbledon: Recording tabla with top session player
Dinesh for Splurge. Gary Brooker of Procul Harem drops in on the
session. Hugh then starts a mix of Blue Emotion. David rings me to say
he has taken a call from Rick Martinez trying to make a bid to
continue with the group and claiming that he really likes playing to
Chris and Sarah attend a playback of Hugh's mix in the evening then
Embers is set up ready for a mix tomorrow.
RG Jones Studio Wimbledon: Hugh mixes Embers and The Moment. Meanwhile
Steve and David go to Polydor to meet GLO the video production people.
A&R take them all out for a pizza and further discussions on Secrets
video take place. Steve then heads for Wakefield in anticipation of a
house move, while David meets Chris and Sarah with the Polydor crew at
a Time UK gig at the 100 club.
David visits 2 wardrobe/property warehouses with Lee from GLO looking
for costumes for the Secrets video. Chris Carr announces that the band
have landed the Howard Jones tour support in December. David joins
Chris at Polydor to wait for the delivery of the RG Jones tapes, but
they don't arrive so he takes the train back to Yorkshire.
Drive all three to London in time for a meeting with GLO followed by a
trip with Lee from the video company to Contemporary Wardrobe for
choosing and fitting of hire costumes for the Secrets video. Then to
Polydor where Hugh arrives for the postponed play of the Amazon/RG
Jones album tracks. A&R then take us to a celebration meal at the
Pizza Pie Factory in St George's Square. Billy Keane then takes us for
drinks at our hotel The Everad while Steve continues in central London
with Hugh (who is leaving for America in the morning). Meet Carmel and
her duo in the hotel bar and have drinks together. Ian unfortunately
knocks the table and spills a beer into her lap.
Take Ian to Chris Carr's office in the morning while David waits for
Steve to return from seeing Hugh off at the airport. Chris is keen to
continue to smooth the riff created by the difference of opinion on
the extra musicians issue. Meanwhile Steve and David return to GLO
where Lee takes them to the Kings road to buy extra clothes for the
video. In the evening Chris joins us at The Columbia hotel where a
meeting between us all on the subject of Polydor and future live
direction seems to finally clear up the damage to morale caused by the
Secrets Video Shoot, Beaconsfield: Get the guys up at 6am and off to
GLO by 8am where we are taken by bus to Beaconsfield church hall. Meet
director Mark. Amazing amount of facilities trucks and efficient
personnel waiting there for us. There are even mobile caterers. Steve
Ian and David are called into make up with Penny, the first scene to
be shot involves coloured faces - red green and blue respectively.
This was filmed in the hall with black costumes on a black out curtain
so that the faces could be superimposed later. Jeremy who did the
Shepherds Bush photographs arrives to take stills. After lunch they
film the inside of the tents shots where the band build a Camera
Obscura while wearing face masks. As dusk falls we are bussed to a
local country house where the main body of the video is to be filmed
on a folly. The instruments that I have organised - Mellotron for
David and Harmonium and medieval wind instruments for Ian are set up.
It's very cold and there is concern that they are getting condensation
on them. Many runs through the song to get different shots. The band
are given a pretty free hand. There is also the medieval tent to one
side of the set which they go into to cut to the inside shots from
earlier in the day. By 1230 am it's a wrap. A long day but a very
successful one. There is much anticipation on the bus back to the film
company. Everyone thinks that we have a good one!
Checked out of Columbia hotel. After a brief visit to Chris Carr's
office to tell him of yesterday's events, I drive the band back to
Amazon Studios Liverpool: Pick David and keyboards up and drive him to
Amazon where he begins work with Geoff Higgins and Gil Norton creating
Live backing tracks for forthcoming tour. Some of the multi-tracks
from the Hugh sessions are used where possible while other songs have
to have new backing created from scratch. For this I organise the hire
of a Linn Drum which David programmes in the evening at the hotel.
Feedback from Polydor about the now finished Secrets video is
Amazon Studios Liverpool: Live backing tracks created for Winter,
Comfortable Life and Illness today. Ian arrives mid afternoon just as
David had finished the keyboard parts. Gilly from Polydor arrives to
deliver a bass guitar and a copy of the Secrets video. Bass guitar
parts to Winter and Illness are finished.
Amazon Studios Liverpool: Mixing Live backing tracks. Chris phones
wanting us to re-edit the video while Billy from Polydor rings to say
that there is no need to as everyone there is happy. Tape copying is
completed by 9pm. David and Ian stay another night at the Rockland
I arrive in Liverpool in the morning to collect gear and David and
Ian. Have my first viewing of the video before we set off for
Steve's wedding. Today Steve married Gill. I take a minibus full of
Yorkshire folk down to London for the proceedings. David and Ian and
Mary amongst the passengers along with old college friends etc. Billy
Keane represented Polydor at the service.
David and Ian practise with the new live backing tracks at Smithy
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