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Liz K: 1) Broadway was never filmed; Columbia wouldn't swing for it. 2) Sony wanted to compile but people at places like the BBC wanted too much money to license it out. It all adds up to nothing.
Tim Smith: Before MTH. I worked for a year as a staff writer for Francis, Day + Hunter - an English publishing firm. Roger Glover was there, too. They had people like Englebert and Tom Jones. They liked my songs, but only a few were placed. Still it got me out of the factory. I've heard some early Lou Reed's demos (we had the same manager at one point). He was singing high on them. 'Did cranking them out in those days impact how you write now?' No, not at all. Part of the reason why my career has been so up and down is that I can't write to order. I can only write when it comes. Really, I've not been that prolific, although lately it's been better. Torres just scored!
Dennis R: 'Ever work with Graham Parker?' I've been on the same bill. We had a lovely chat; what a nice man. 'Angry Man' tour with Parker/Costello; Patti Smith, Dirty Pretty Things, Ray Davies and Iggy Pop?' Sounds like a barrel of fun.
Hal: 'Have you heard Wilco doing 'Henry and the H Bomb'? It's great! No I haven't, but I'm a fan.
Liz K: Re: Box Set - haven't a clue - not my department.
Patty Woltz: It's much the same. They've moved.
Mickey Boyle: 'Sony 30th Anniversary Schizo'? Actually, 'Schizo' came out on Chrysalis Records. I've heard talk, but that's all.
Wayne: I think her name was Keri-Ann; she was going with Bryan Ferry at the time.
Tim Reardon: 'I've been hearing rumours that Ian is blind from an attack and both his sockets are gouged out - is this true or just another crazy rumour?' Eyes are fine - leg just fell off.
Bucks Burnett: I'm with you - it's like we're eroding.
Krister: 'You're probably not up for it but I'd love you to re-record 'Overnight Angels.' The production is too much - the singing is pitched too high (true!!!) but most of the songs are excellent - a waste.' Naaah.
Mark F.: 'Any working title for Aug/Sep recording? How about - 'It's all right ma - it's only music'. ' That's exactly what it is.
Jeffrey: Jeff says I'm a whiner. 'You're not working at 9 AM in the morning!' No, I'm not working but I am walking - because it's too bloody hot to walk later in the day!!! I hate hot weather. Actually, August has been amazing. Cooler than usual and some days - like today - when there's very little humidity - there's nowhere I'd rather be. Hey, I'm British - we all whine. It's the way we're brought up.
Dave Kulwicki: 'Trivia - the line in Once Bitten that goes - 'well it's dark as its dumb' - what does that mean?' You'll have to tell me where in the song you think you're hearing this line - as it doesn't exist.
Bill C: Now I'm a sissy with the weather! Look - I have a fragile complexion!!
Gearhead: You're going back a long way. I can tell you Mick and I played a lot of guitars - sometimes I'd use his. Still, got a couple we store for Suzi. Mick broke a few necks too. His may have been in for a repair.
Bucks Burnett went into North Park Mall in Dallas. No bookstores, no music stores - no more entertainment stores; welcome to the web. It's cheaper, but …
Mike Constanza: 'Any pre-concert rituals or habits before you take the stage?' A bottle of champagne is uncorked precisely 30 minutes before we go on. It's for everybody, but I usually grab more than the others. Then, 5 minutes before we're due to play - the promoter will say, 'We're running late, wait another 15 minutes.' And that is why I might fluff the first couple of songs in the set. The income tax situation in England is much lower than it was back then, but they have numerous stealth taxes that are supposed to confuse the fact they're still taking much more than they should be.
Liz K.: Yes, I have, actually.
Steve K: 'Someone at Radio 4 is a fan. Adding to my previous post this weeks play on Friday started off with 'Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll' played most of it with voiceovers half way through of the characters in the play.' http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/friday_play.shtml
Phil: Tell her we all love her. The dogs are no longer with us.
Rik Rolski: Appreciate the interest, but somebody would have to set this up for me as I'd never do it on my own.
Matt Nojonen: The backyard, Schizo thing - nice one.
David Taylor: First of all, congratulations to you both. Secondly, I'm very happy you're doing 'Knees of My Heart' at the ceremony, and Thirdly - let her decide (she's the one you made listen to it!).
John Mangan: 'The book you're looking for is, 'How the Scots Invented the Modern World.' Well, I was close. Thanks, John. (We'll try and get to Texas.)
Ray Waters: The new Alejandro record is amazing. As you had Jesse Malin support you on your last tour, how about Alejandro on the next? You never know.
West Ham 2; Wigan 0 - 2 quickies!
Ken Mac: You're not out to lunch.
Verne: Stuff them envelopes!!
Goran Svensson: Going to do some shows in Stockholm with his partner and they like doing my songs, so - go for it.
Paul: I'm told Irene did hear the song and she did like it.
Don Hadfield: 'Was Croyden as crazy as the liner notes suggest?' I have to tell you, it was probably one of the craziest gigs I've ever had the pleasure of participating in.
Les Vineyard: 'Is the instrument you play on stage always the same one you wrote the song on?' Guitars - usually, no - as the guitars I use to record with would be too valuable to 'lose'. Airlines are not what they were. The piano sounds I use some from a special card I use. The keyboards will be different but they will be the slaves to the same card I use in writing the song.
Jen: We read it; beautiful.
Patrick Hanson: Glad somebody likes it! And it's not the worst one.
Peter Stupar: Thanks, but that was then.
Rob Hamilton is on about MTH and Queen at the Apollo, Glasgow - no I don't remember it - I remember odd things - not necessarily what you would think I'd remember, but it must have been fun with that combination. Rob, honestly thought the balcony was going to collapse.
Tricia Devine: Nope - I didn't - I'll get Trudi to have a look. Thank you.
Doris: 'You've had 'permed' hair as far back as I can remember - ever considered short back 'n sides?' Never had a perm in my life, dear.
West Ham 2 - Wigan 1
I missed a few; apologies to all concerned, but it is opening day!!
The band start rehearsing the new songs this coming week. They've all been up individually to get a rough idea. Start recording mid-September. Hopefully, finished by the last week in October. That's all I know for now.