Monday, January 29, 2007

Berlin......many years after.......

Last Year I was back in Berlin giving a friend the tourist route and taking her around places that I went to when I lived there. The first time I went to Berlin was in Septemeber 1989 with Martin and Terry Adams having a look at some studios as we really had to start recording our follow up album to GOOD DEEDS & DIRTY RAGS. We were actually supposed to go back to Munich where we recorded our fisrt album but our manager couldn't agree money with the German producer so it all fell through at the last minute. We got asked for other ideas and couldnt really think of anything. I think we actually just said' Where would we really like to go?'....someone said Berlin - and off we went!!

At that time Berlin was still split, East and West German were still very much there and the Cold War, although not quite so bad as it was, wasn't exactly over. We trundled around the city looking at some places and eventually found Hansa Ton Studios, just off the Postdamer Platz. It was a great looking old place that was practically right on the Berlin Wall - and we managed to book ii for just over a month, starting in October 89.

So we came back start of October with the rest of the band and had a brilliant month in Berlin.......didn't do as much recording as we should have but had a right good time. Anyway....we kind of knew that there was something going on over in East Berlin but we didn't exactly know what. This was before Sky News, the Internet, BBC News 24 and all that so it was much more difficult then to find out what was going on. We'd been over to East Berlin by then just for a visit and there was police everywhere......lots of suspicious looking Stasi types hanging about on street corners - looking through newspapers with holes in them - all that kind of thing - but we didnt really know all the stuff that was going on re the Exodus of East Germans through Hungary and Czechoslovakia......tbc.....

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Now we are Married

Martin had written this song a good while before we actually recorded it. We did it after we did the sessions in Hansa Studios that ended up being HAMMER & TONGS - but Radioactive were looking for another single so we went in and did this in REL studios in Edinburgh.

We had actually been a bit sick of the way we had been recording in Berlin, and wanted to just play the song live and have it recorded warts, bad timing and all - but because it would have sounded out of place on Hammer & Tongs we got persuaded otherwise. I think its a great song.....Wasn't great to play - but really like it as a song. I feel that the recording should have been much darker though - more Phil Spector/Jesus & Mary Chain than the way it turned out.

Anyway after doing it as a single Radioactive seemed to lose a bit of confidence in the band and didn't want to make a video for the single. So it ended up that the video that was made for it was actually for a Scottish Television arts programme called NB. WE did it in an old church somewhere in Glasgow and it was freezing. We survived with the help a some hip flasks and the odd bottle of whisky. Although Fin must have been on something stronger as there's a lot of stuff of him half naked in the video.

Was the best laugh I can remember when making a video. Usually they were a boring pain in the arse - but maybe because it was so baltic and we ended up steamin in seemed to go OK!! Also the dressing up was great. You can see that once Shirley got the wedding dress on she couldn't keep the grin off her face and John was taking his ministerial role very seriously.....although I've no idea what the fuck Fin was doing..........

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Diner

Can't remember when this was taken....but think it was the first time we went to Los Angeles. We went over to sign a contract with RADIOACTIVE and as they were quite......ahem.....careful with their money they didn't want to fly over more than 2 of us to meet them. Mind you maybe we've got a cheek talking about them with money when it looks like we're examining the bill........