Arnold Turboust “Let’s Go à Goa” 1988

With the dawn of the New Year it was back to Paris to prepare the first solo album of Arnold Turboust, then on to Belgium to record it.

Arnold had put together an excellent collection of songs and arranged them with the help of then sideman, the late great Jacques “8 Ball” Bally. By this time I had a large library of Akai S900 sounds to augment the percussion tracks. I’d used some of them the previous year on the solo debut of Tess, a lovely song called Les Rizières.

Brussels must be one of the most comfortable cities in Europe and I found working there very pleasant. I remember running into Alan Rankine, I think he was living and working out there at the time. The indispensable Xavier “Tox” Geronimi joined us to fill out the sound. I even played drums on the exquisite A La Frontière de Ton Beau Pays.

All in all I was happy with it. Maybe we’d have been better off mixing in London, as the one track we did there, Margarita, came out very well. But I like the Belgium mix. Right now I’m working on a sequel of sorts, Arnold’s latest solo album, and it’s sounding fab.

I could only find one track from the album on YouTube, Francine’ SongEtienne Daho wrote the lyrics to that one. I’m also including a link to an earlier remix of Arnold’s debut single Adelaide. This remix was done on the night of 26th April 1986, as Chenobyl melted down.

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Winston Tong “Theoretical China” 1983

After a year of recording bad singer songwriters and crazed all night library music dudes, one day in 1983 I found myself in a brand new refurbished 24 track studio with Alan Rankine, Dave Formula, Jah Wobble and Winston Tong. And they were looking to me to record them.

This was the first solo effort by Tong, singer with Tuxedomoon. It was also the first time I recall that a cool record label (Les Disques Du Crepuscule) booked time in the studio.

Although I was pretty star struck and nervous this session was really a blast. The buzz of watching Wobble play and recording him to tape cannot be underestimated. Rankine was a musician for whom I had the most massive respect, based on his recent work with Billy MacKenzie in The Associates. This was an overdub session and I’m not sure what was used on the final recording, but I’m pretty sure they used the bass from this session and quite possibly the vocal too. The final release also featured Steve Morris of New Order and Simon Topping of A Certain Ratio, both from Manchester label Factory Records.

Alan Rankine and Jah Wobble would both subsequently return to Guerilla to work on their own projects.