My old friend Karel Fialka has a new album out called "Peace V War" available from all good retailers on Vinyl and the usual sources for download. In these uncertain times albums like this are a necessity as well as a good listen. Please check it out.
We will be mastering mid January.
Sniff'n'The Tears Live At Rockpalast out now. Live recording of seventy minute concert in Berlin for German TV show Rockpalast. A lot went wrong on the night, with out of tune guitars etc. But a very interesting chronicle of the band in 1982. Some good music if we do seem a little pissed off.
If our keyboard player of that time Mike Taylor should read this, please contact me via the website.
NO DAMAGE DONE
Re release of 1991 album "No Damage Done", 25th November 2013. When dodgy copies are being sold on Amazon at inflated prices it's time to get the one unavailable Sniff'n'The Tears album back out there. "No Damage Done was first released in 1992 following a tour of Germany and Holland put together on the back of "Driver's Seat" going to number one in Holland helped by an advert for a Pioneer car CD player. After two Paul Roberts solo albums it was the first Sniff'n'The Tears album since Ride Blue Divide ten years earlier. With Les Davidson, Jeremy Meek, Steve Jackson and Andy Giddings who had been the touring band and Paul bringing in Robin Langridge, Dean Ross and Morris Michael who had worked on his solo albums. The album was recorded in Pavilion Studios in Ladbroke Grove London. Some of the songs had been played on the tour and had gone down really well, so the recording went quickly. Leo Sayer, who Les had worked with, very kindly helped out on backing vocals as did Noel McCalla and Morris Michael. Luigi Salvoni Sniff's original drummer played on one track. It was mixed at "The Woolhall" in Somerset. The album came out only in Germany and Benelux at the time, so here it finally is twenty odd years later with a slightly revised running order and three with alternative vocals to the original release the album has been remastered and repackaged. The new cover has a blue rather than brown hue which will help distinguish it from pirated copies. Catalogue number CPCD03.
Paul Robinson has done the drums for ''Underground'. I never felt that the album was finished because it had programmed drums, which at the time was through necessity rather than choice. Paul has done a superb job as you'd expect, I've completely remixed it and the album is now what it should have been in the first place. Included on the new album is a bonus track "This Life". I know this might piss off some of you who bought the original and to you I apologise, call it artistic vanity but I'm thrilled. Paul Robinson toured the United States with us in 1979 and drummed on much of 'The Game's Up'. To be sure that you get the new version the retail code is CPCD02.
OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST
It seems that the 'The Old Grey Whistle Test 40th Anniversary box set' includes us doing Driver's Seat live in 1981. Must be worth a listen then.
Driver's Seat has been sampled and used in loads of dance tracks but this mash up by DJ Lobsterdust is my favourite, have a listen. Dead Pres V Sniff'n'The Tears
ARE WE STILL ROLLING?
Check out Phill Brown's brilliant autobiography 'Are We Still Rolling?' for a real insight into the Rock'n'Roll game, inspirational as well as being a cautionary tale.
Old friend and sometimes collaborator Karel Fialka has just put out his new album 'Film Noir' a collection of moody existential musings on the dark side of life. I feature as a guest vocalist on two or three of the songs. My favourite song is probably 'Alphaville and not just because I get to do a duet with esteemed actress Tilda Swinton, alright I didn't meet her, but thanks to the wonders of modern technology you'd never know. Using Godard's dystopian metropolis as inspiration, Karel conjures up a vivid picture of a man alone with his regrets in the city. It's a great track. Tilda Swinton's spoken narration is electrifying. This and many more treats can be found on 'Film Noir' check it out via the link. http://www.karelfialka.com