I’m dedicating this post to the great Johnny Hallyday, who left us last week. We were lucky enough to catch him live here in Los Angeles a few years ago…an electrifying performance. He was truly one of the greats.
The track is an arrangement I did of the Purcell song for William Orbit. I think I like this best of all of his classical adaptations.
Here’s a performance with William Orbit featuring my automated drum setup. If anyone out there is interested in enhancing their presentation with this kind of thing, please contact me.
Torch Song and Sting did a few sessions together around 84-85, until he decided to ship out to the Caribbean and make his album there. This is the one track that was almost completed, although it lacks the middle eight added to the final version.
It was decided to include this version on the 12″, and I got to do the mix, my first major mix to be released. I can’t take too much credit for it though as William Orbit had practically mixed it onto the multitrack tape.
Player, engineer, editor…Holger Czukay excelled in all of these disciplines at a very exalted level. He had a massive influence on modern music and inspired countless would-be imitators, including this writer.
A big barney in a big barn. We were on just before the superb 23 Skidoo and we stuck around long enough to see their set. Later I had the pleasure and privilege of doing a few sessions with the Skidoo boys, although I don’t think anything was released that I worked on. Excuse the cliché, but that really was a band ahead of its time.
In other news: a nice review of Frogmore on the Cold War Nightlife website…thanks to Simon Helm for caring.
Last but not least, we salute another music giant lost to us this week, the great Glen Campbell.
Etienne’s 1988 album Pour Nos Vies Martiennes had a cool Guy Peellaert cover and two songs co-written by me: Le Plaisir De Perdre with Etienne and Winter Blue with Laurie Mayer.
Here’s a nifty live version of Le Plaisir De Perdre:
Winter Blue was performed as a duet with Laurie:
I was unable to work on the album, having already been booked to record Let’s Go à Goa with Arnold, but it turned out great anyway…
This was my compositional contribution to the Hinterland album. Here’s a nice fan video to enjoy.