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The Horse's Mouth

Issue #70, Part 1 - December 19, 2006

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Chris K read that I delivered vegetables to Liverpool. Not quite. We'd come up to the docks, load up very early in the morning (a 5 ton truck) and take it back to the shops in Shrewsbury. I still remember the Scouse kids hanging on the back of the lorry - sometimes for miles. Great kids, Scouse kids.

Kathryn: Give your Dad, Ian, my best on his 50th. Have a great time!

Dave: Do Montreal. Be patient all you people who want gigs. We're working on a better situation here. It just takes time to get moving. Sometimes you have to stop and change stuff around. I'm liking what's happening.

Alan Waugh: I'll forward your email to Michael at Paradise.

Tony: How did I meet Dennis Dunaway? I think it was through Joe Bouchard. Yes, it was. I'd go down and have a beer with Joe, Neal and Dennis. Then I introduced Rick Tedesco to them and now Dennis and Rick have this band and a new CD ('Bones from the Yard') on the go - and more power to them. I did actually know Dennis and Neal from the old days. I remember playing the Philly Spectrum with Alice. I love Dennis - he has a totally unique outlook on life.

Krister: 'Since you don't consider yourself a lead player - who composed all those great guitar riffs?' Mick Ralphs.

Larry Woodside: I've given Tracie your email address. Steve Holley will be touring with me.

Dan Sebald: Tony James was the bass player in Generation X. I produce one of their albums ('King Rocker').

Terrance: Jim Capaldi never got his head around MTH. He just didn't get it. We got on fine and begged to differ.

Mike Robinson saw the Q show. Says his wife nearly had a heart attack! 1) What was I doing in Cleveland? Seeing Mr. LaConti, perhaps? Hank and Steve Popovich came for a visit backstage - it's always nice to see good people. 2) Now I'm better, will I be doing Cleveland again? Sure.

Mark Gibson White: I doubt it, to be honest; it's a bit of a schlep. It all depends on what's on offer.

Gary Lowe's son says I never play my best, heavier tracks live - there's a good reason for that. He's 17 and I'm not.

Andy Allison: 'The REM tune 'Man on the Moon' first line MTH do you consider this as a compliment when another band or artist name checks you?' Yes. 'Do you think MTH is a millstone?' Well, it is a bit, but it was a great band and without it I wouldn't be where I am, so on balance, no. 'Does it bother you that people (not on this list) think of you merely as the singer from some defunct 70's band and not as the relevant singer songwriter you are?' Look, people are people. They haven't got time to keep check of everything that goes on. They get hyped and they know somebody - no hype and they don't know somebody. I haven't been marketed for 25 years so I don't blame anyone. I should have taken care of business, but I don't like doing that, so I suffered from lack of exposure. Hopefully, what I'm sorting out now will rectify that to a degree. If it doesn't, you lot know me - and that's cool!

Stano's ten year old plays for Tranmere under 11's. They beat Shrewsbury under 11's 5 - 2. Stano Junior scored 2 - Stano says they listened to 'The Artful Dodger' all the way down and 'Rant' all the way back. Sano Jr. is a 'Swan Hill' fan.

Martin Carey Rios: It looks like we'll be in San Francisco on Thursday, March 15th at the Fillmore. The problem with archival performances is from the commercial point of view they would have to include the TOTP singles. The BBC is asking a lot for these old films. It's being negotiated at this time.

Boveworks: It's up to you isn't it? Don't forget 'Dead Man Walkin'' Never saw a comic strip. News to me.

Dave Hancox: How do the numbers work when you put an album out? The recording industry have not only created a huge marketing mess for themselves, they now try to get the artist to pay for it. Maybe it's not called marketing - but that's what it is. Labels have problems themselves and of course the web isn't helping. It's very strange to hear an A and R guy rave about your stuff and then watch business affairs take the shine off. All deals are different according to the weight of the artist - who's getting the copyright - retail playing a bigger part in getting something for nothing - so I can't answer your question - there are so may answers. It's not a good time for labels or artists. The trend seems to be turning back to live touring situations and merchandise. You just have to work through it. You mention it's a black hole to you. Join the club!

Peter Jordan: It's like biographies - it's always cheerful at the beginning

Karen Malec: 'What a surprise to see you on stage in Cleveland at the TSO concert. It was my birthday - icing on the cake. Please come back. Cleveland loves you.' I'll be back.

William a Yeaw: Somebody told me AOTGOAT is coming out. I don't think the 'Artful Dodger' will come out in the near future.

Graham Diss: Noted.

Ray Somich says I was 'awesome' in Cleveland, last weekend. Paul O'Neill and TSO were so nice, I actually felt a bit awesome! The inspiration for 'Cleveland Rocks' goes back to the old days when people use to make fun of Cleveland. Cleveland was 'uncool' and LA and NYC were 'cool'. I didn't see I that way. Lotta heart in Cleveland.

Ian Richarson: You're going to need a couple of bouncers, mate.

Fred Prellberg: That's not our copyright to clear. You'll have to go to the film people and writer.

Ed: I remember Mick and I playing LA and Axl and Slash turned up - maybe it's from then? I thought that was more recent. Not sure on this. [Editor's note: The Palace, Hollywood CA, 13 Dec 1989].

Debra Butterworth says 'The Charms' are opening for us in SF. I think that's right. Actually, the Zombies close the show - we're in the middle. (The Zombies and us are co - headlining.) I got up at Carnegie Hall with Alejandro last week. We did 'Irene Wilde' and 'IWIWYM' together. Great.

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