Thursday, June 22, 2000

22nd June 2000

Well I have been a busy boy in the last week or so and that's why the diary is a little late. It is not a coincidence that there is not a game of football on the television tonight and I am in front of the pc with a mouse in my hand whereas every night in the last week I have been in front of a telly with a beer in my hand. Went out on Saturday night up to Hampstead and watched the "big match" in the King Of Bohemia with a few of the chaps. I really don't go in for all this "we hate the Jeeeermans" shit that the national press seem to revel in every time England draw Germany in a tournament. My opinion, for what it's worth, is that the German side were poorer than the England side and that the game was probably the worst of the tournament in terms of the football that was played. The people in Hampstead were stopping traffic and the cars were blowing horns and basically everyone was behaving like we had just won the tournament. I am just worried that we are going to be hearing about this game for the next thirty years like '66. Not satisfied with the feast of football I have been in the studio this week doing a bit of recording with Mitt Gamon ( anyone who reads the guestbook will have read this man's insane rantings but you have to understand he's not well ). We recorded a couple of Mitt's album tracks in an acoustic stylee and then went the pub. Mitt says he will make these tracks available on his website when he gets it up ( the website that is...ooh missus ) The next day me, Mitt and Blind Lemon Phil Harris got together and played some blues and recorded the jam which was a vibe. I would love to be able to play the blues but my belly is full, I am still married and I don't have a drinking problem so I don't qualify as a "proper blues man" but if you won't tell then I won't. Somebody asked me about Marshall Applewhite and what it was all about so I shall tell you. A couple of years ago a comet came past Earth called Halle Bop, do you remember? Well there was a cult in the US called the Heavens Gate and their leader, Doh (real name Marshall Applewhite), told his followers that there was a spaceship that was behind the comet that was going to take them all to the "kingdom level above human" and they all committed suicide to get on the spaceship ( ? ). There was a documentary about them on tv and there was film of this guy talking about what the cult was all about and telling everyone it was there "last chance to evacuate the earth before it was recycled" ( ?? ). So I nicked a sample of his voice and put it in this dance track and invented a band called Marshall Applewhite. I posted the track at as an experiment to see how many people downloaded stuff that they have no background info about. I was surprised and pleased to see that they do and now the experiment is over I decided to tell you about it and let you have a listen to it. I doubt there will be any more "releases" from the Marshall but you never know.

Monday, June 05, 2000

5th June 2000

I was sitting in the control room of Stevie B's studio having a cup of coffee and talking shit with the proprietor when I heard a cheeping noise coming from just outside the door of the control room. Before I could get up to investigate a baby robin hopped into view just outside the door. There was a robin's nest in the Virginia Creeper that covers the wall at the back of my studio and this brave young bird was taking his/her first steps into the big world. The bird, who was too young to know that man is an enemy, hopped onto Stevie B's finger and sat there for about two minutes while I fetched a stepladder so he could place the bird on the roof of my studio where it would be out of harms way. This brush with Mother Nature was brought to you by Babylon Pink. Thank you for choosing The Discovery Channel, normal service will be resumed shortly.... Went down to Camden Town on Friday night to see Nigey Nige performing with the talented Wirral beat combo Amsterdam. It would have been a really good gig but I think the sound guy had his ears full of toffee because the sound at the start of the gig was dogshit but improved by the middle so the audience could actually hear what the eloquent Mr Prowse was singing about ( I think this must be a first for this venue because every band I have seen there has had the same deaf git behind the board ). My fab drummer, Mr Tony Kiley ( halfway through a year stretch with Chris De Burgh, hopefully reduced to eight months with time off for good behaviour ) was also there to lend support and before the night ended there was talk of re-arranging our cancelled recording session in Wales for some time at the start of August. Hopefully by August Wally will be back from shaking his tail feather with the Blues Brothers and Soul Sisters. I have uploaded "Crawling" at for late comers who did not receive it as a Christmas present and another song called "Hit Me One More Time" (not to be confused with Britney's song, although our breasts are similair in size) which is an acoustic track featuring the lovely Mitt Gamon blowing himself into oblivion. I'm talking about his HARMONICA!!!! I uploaded them yesterday so they should be available for download in a couple of days so I will mail all those on the list to let you know.