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.
This album was a long time in the making, as I have previously mentioned. Laurie Mayer started demoing it in 1988 at a studio called Bedlam in Wandsworth, owned by the Thompson Twins. She was aided initially by one Rik Kenton, a man whose immortality is assured by his short tenure with Roxy Music, and the fact that he played bass on their classic debut single Virginia Plain.
We then developed it for a while in our home studio and at Guerilla in Crouch End. But other projects kept getting in the way, and it wasn’t until 1993 that William Orbit started to mix it, a mix that ended up taking a couple of years. When William landed a label deal with Warner Brothers we finally had the means to finish it and release it, along with William’s Strange Cargo: Hinterland and his first volume of classical arrangements, Pieces In A Modern Style. These albums were unavailable for a long time but Warners have now kindly made them available on YouTube.
I feel that William’s mix of this album is one of his very best, and it still sounds good to me more than 20 years later. Uniquely, there was also a live performance, which took place at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and can be viewed here. Yes reader, that is me lurking behind Laurie, with the untenably long hair. I’m happy to say that my barber-phobia is now cured.
BMW rolled out their Z3 roadster and produced this spot to celebrate and spread the word. It was made primarily for cinema audiences, and was accordingly mixed on a big sound stage…lots of fun.
Yes readers, that is indeed Naked Lunch author William Burroughs narrating this soap powder commercial, in a continuation of our “mad mid 90s” theme. This spot was produced by legendary ad agency Leo Burnett of Chicago.
In other news…today’s sad anniversary is even sadder this year with the passing of Chris Cornell, surely the most convincing rock star of the last 25 years. I also heard today that former Guerilla Studios team mate Marvin Slack has died of lung cancer. My deepest condolences to their families and friends.
Well hey y’all, I finally got my solo album finished! I also got my online record label Rico’s Library up and running, so please head over there for the ‘splaining, and then on to Bandcamp to check it out. Hope you like it.
I only recently discovered this video that Etienne made for the last (to date) of our co-compositions. Pretty darn good I reckon.