Drums and Wires

I remember buying the XTC album Drums and Wires years ago, 1978 I think it was; it’s the album with making ‘Plans for Nigel’ on it [XTC’s breakthrough single moment]. The track that ends side one, ‘Roads Girdle the Globe’, is a favourite of mine, and contains probably the finest guitar solo in the world. Researcher’s claim [it says so in the Chalkhills and Children biography…which is brilliant, incidentally] that it was played and recorded randomly, practically by accident, by … Read More >>

Numb to the digital numbers

I just did something I’ve not done in ages and that is; have a sleep in the middle of the afternoon. It’s OK, I wasn’t driving or anything. I’ve just woken up. I blame last night’s rehearsal, which lasted most of yesterday. My capacity for physical endurance has always been a tad suspect. The passing of time makes it even more so.

New album recording starts later on tonight in the revamped Analogue Cat. I best get ready for the … Read More >>

Fully House Trained

The hottest day without sun seems to have triggered latecomer’s hay fever, I mean, I never used to suffer, but my eyes are so watery I can hardly see out of them and I’m sneezing all the time. Well, strictly speaking I suppose that’s an exaggeration but you hear where I’ coming from. Perhaps it’s an eye infection my helpful partner suggests; you need to see your GP. Hmmm…yeah I’ll have to make an appointment. I still haven’t.

I’m due …

The Prestwich Papers

The gig is close by, five minutes down the motorway and you’re sorted so hoorah for that says the lazy driver to the mineral water drinker, or in tonight’s case a pint of tap and some ice will do nicely thank you. So I arrive a little later and miss the sound check, but I’m only travelling light, an acoustic guitar and a tuner, not exactly a live sound audio challenge. I can do the necessary one two one two … Read More >>

hair and make up

My cars up the creek without a gearbox and its costing me an arm and a leg to fix it, you might well know this already as I am prone to moan when it comes to anything mechanical. My sense of mechanical things is kind of underdeveloped, it’s like a girls my dad always said which didn’t help really. He can’t be good at everything my mother would retort in my defence. Anyway…

Since I posted the story of my … Read More >>


I was doing one of those random Google searches the other day, you know the kind, when you find yourself wondering what happened to the girl you lost your virginity to, or some kid you did awful things with after Sunday School, those moments when you feel, well, curious about stuff. I mean that’s what the internet is for right? Anyway, a few weeks ago now I typed the name David Ditchfield into my search engine as I was having … Read More >>

Music on Saturday

I love to listen to music every now and then, as opposed to fretting and whinging about creating the stuff which I seem to be doing more and more of late. I like to listen in the car but also when I’m at home I like to stop everything and just listen, call me old fashioned, but I can’t seem to do background music [Chris says it’s a male thing…I say it’s a respect for the creators of beauty thing… Read More >>

On the Radio

Tonight’s directions from John, studio manager at Manchester radio online are so good I could have driven here with my eyes closed, kind of. There’s nothing like a good old chin wag noting down the pub on the corner, the pelicans crossing and danger signs for the blind school and the hospital. I know…I’m going on about directions again and I need to get a SAT NAV. I will one day. I’m just holding out for holding outs sake. I… Read More >>

Willard Grant

I’m in a café called Love or Cup or something equally abrupt, its one of the newer ones in the northern quarter that sells bric-a-brac from the 70’s. It feels like a San Francisco thrift store and I am tempted to purchase a beige coffee-pot set but don’t. I’m trying to be sensible. Damian and I are early birds as most things don’t get started till at least mid day around here. We discuss the marketing of Vinny Peculiar and … Read More >>

Cleaning Up My Act

I am cleaning up two weeks worth of home life mess as my partner returns from overseas tomorrow and I want to impress her. I always feel like this when she goes away. I wonder if she does when I do, somehow I doubt it ? In our house domestic chores are like a currency for favours. So its been something of a mad rush here, hoovering and dusting and tidying; and the bathroom- always the bathroom. I cant wait … Read More >>