Donnerstag, November 22, 2012

Dorothy " I confess " ( 1980)

Max (Dorothy): "I can't remember exactly when


"I Confess"







was made (in 1981??), but I was older than 19...I was born in 1955, so I was probably more like 25 or so...Genesis (P Orridge) seemed to think 19 was the age that every pop star should be and he made up all that blurb. The project was actually the start of Psychic TV...Gen was feeling that Throbbing Gristle had come to its natural end and that it was time to do something else. He had always had a sneaky interest in Pop and was writing songs with Alex Ferguson from

Alernative TV .






So, to answer your query about how I got together with Alex...I knew him and Mark P a bit, but Gen was an old friend, so he was my reason for being involved. At the time, I was the drummer in a band called

Rema Rema




that had sometimes played on the same bill as TG and included Marco (Banshees/Ants)...we had a record deal with 4AD. We did lots of noise/feedback/early electronica stuff, but I also had a strong interest in Pop...Rema Rema was just splitting then as Marco had rejoined the Banshees, and Adam was on the horizon too...I was about to do a record for Cherry Red that was a cover of Nancy Sinatra songs and other such things, but that didn't materialise.

I think the mood of the moment was that a lot of us (including me Alex, Gen, Marco, Adam etc etc) who had been part of the 1975 thing that eventually became known as Punk had really had it up to our eyes with deep, dark destruction, gloom and doom... or at least we still felt all that was valid, but that there had to be a bit of white light and laughter too...a bit of Mamas and Papas and Abba and Ohio Express and T Rex or whatever let into the equation. In fact, the Sex Pistols had always had that live: Glen Matlock was a real pop fan, hence the fact that the first load of Pistols songs had very good pop melodies and they did a cover of "Stepping Stone" by The Monkees. But he left and Sid joined and... well, that's another story. But the early 80s quirky pop thing (Soft Cell, Bow Wow Wow, Human League, Duran Duran, Spandau, Steve Strange, reborn Adam Ant etc) was actually all there and happening all throughout the late 70s...it just got a bit swamped by the Evening Standard cartoon indenti-kit gobbing punk image (Sham 69 have a lot to answer for). But the reality for us in 75/76 was boogie-ing in gay clubs to Donna Summer I Feel Love and Abba and Roxy Music...


22.11.2012






Shooting At The Moon.


May I.
By Kevin Ayers.

I just came in off the street,
Looking for somewhere to eat,
I find a small cafe,
I see a girl, then I say.
May I sit and stare at you for a while,
I'd like the company of your smile.
You don't have to say a thing,
You're the song without the sing,
The sunlight in your hair,
You look so good just sitting there.
May I sit and stare at you for a while,
I'd like the company of your smile.
I just came in off the street,
Looking for somewhere to eat,
I find a small cafe,
I see a girl, then I say.
May I sit and stare at you for a while,
Yes I'd like the company of your smile.
May I sit and stare at you for a while,
I'd like the company of your smile.

Morning Raga - Madhyalaya - Hindustani