- Take Me Home
- Like Zen
- Sometimes We Find Love
- Night Flight
- Bring Out The Dead
- We Find A Way
- It's Alright
- Let's Make Time For Love
- A Woman Of Passion
- I Remember You
- Following Rainbows
Paul Roberts - Vocals, guitars
Les Davidson - Guitars
Nick South - Bass
Robin Langridge - Keyboards
Paul Robinson - Drums
Dean Ross - Keyboards
Richard Moore - Violin
Helen Hardy - Backing Vocals
Produced - Paul Roberts
In 2012 I was contacted by a couple of Australians calling themselves Canyons with a request for me to supply a top line melody, some lyrics and vocal to an idea they had for a song. I was second choice for this after Robert Smith of The Cure, who was otherwise engaged. They seemed like nice guys and I liked the vaguely surreal lyric that they had and the general approach they were attempting. So through the wonders of the Internet I ended up singing and co writing When I See You Again for Canyons.
I think they did a pretty good job. Around this time I had an accident and cracked my skull. While in the process of recovery they contacted me to ask if I would be in the video for the song. I agreed even though I was not at my best. The outcome was an excellent video with a rather haggard me singing. The doctors had estimated at least six months to recover. Curiously they weren't wrong. During this time I was very uncreative and entirely unproductive.
Then my old friend and partner in crime keyboard player Robin Langridge, who had worked with me on my two solo albums as well as No Damage Done, Underground and Downstream started sending me tracks, mostly insane but evocative grooves. Having done the Canyons thing it seemed a natural process to try and shape these things into something with a little more structure and coherence and not forgetting, something to sing. I have very seldom collaborated with songwriting but this method seemed to work. Thus Random Elements was born. Les Davidson sent me a lovely instrumental piece that became We Find A Way. The only conventional collaboration was perhaps Let's Make Time For Love, when I sent a complete lyric to Robin and he supplied the tune. There are a few songs that are just mine but overall I think this new approach has lead to some unexpected and fruitful outcomes.
Lyrically there are love songs, perhaps less concerned with young love than would be realistic but then love does not end with youth. But as implied in the name, Random Elements, the main lyrical concern is the bizarre state of the world in the twenty first century. More connected than at any time in history we crave the certainties of bygone eras. Spoiled for choice, we search desperately for identity in a world where everything is just out of reach. The nutters are having a field day. A lot of the more political numbers were written 2012- 2013 so actually Bring Out The Dead was not about Donald Trump, as he was not yet running for President and even Brexit was not on the cards but something was happening. The global economy was creating huge wealth for the few who were creating their own parallel universe where fine dining and fine art had been commandeered to exclude us as anything other than bystanders. The last days of the Roman Empire revisited. I don't think it's possible to ignore all this so I won't. Random Elements.
Paul's first band 'The Dreamland Express' was short lived, but led to Sniff'n'the Tears forming in 1972. The band played the London pub and club scene until Paul moved to France in 1974. There he signed to a French company who put out one single, 'Give Me A Sign'. On return to London in 1977, the new Sniff'n'the Tears was formed with Luigi Salvoni who had helped Paul record some demos for the label.
The first album for Chiswick Records was Fickle Heart, followed by The Game's Up, Love/Action and Ride Blue Divide.
Paul then made two solo albums for Sonet Records as a solo artist - City Without Walls in 1985 and Kettle Drum Blues in 1987.
Sniff reformed in 1992 for a tour of Germany and Holland which led to the album No Damage Done. Since then: Underground in 2000, Downstream in 2010 and Random Elements in 2017.
Robin has played keyboards for: Screaming Lord Sutch, Dave Cartwright, Ivor Bigun, Contempt, Catch, Karel Fialka, Annabel Lamb, Paul Roberts and Sniff'n'the Tears.
Apart from being a member of Sniff'n'the Tears, Les has worked with Pete Atkins, Leo Sayer, Joan Armatrading, Paul Rogers, Shakin Stevens, Barbara Dickson, Mick Taylor, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, East of Eden, Labi Siffrre, Laura Mvula, Richard O'Brien, Kenney Jones, Pete Townsend, Scott Walker, Howard Goodall, Donovan, Bucks Fizz, Zoot Money, Mica Paris, Pete Brown, Mori Kante, Bonnie Tyler, W.G. Snuffy Walden, Steve Brown, Rumer, Tina Turner, and The Hellfire Club, among others...
As well as Sniff'n'the Tears, Nick has recorded and toured with; Alexis Korner, Gerry Rafferty, Brian Jones, Yoko Ono, Murrey Head, Donovan, Robert Palmer, Steve Marriot and Zoot Money.
Since 1986 he has lived with his family in Los Angeles where as well as playing bass he has pursued a career as a film score composer and music editor, working on many successful network TV shows and feature films including Mean Girls, Wedding Crashers and Juno.
Nick is currently working on an as yet unnamed film by the pop singer Sia and Alexander Payne's 'Downsizing'.
As well as Sniff'n'the Tears, Paul has played drums on Video Killed the Radio Star - Buggles, I Will Walk Five Hundred Miles - The Proclaimers, and They Don't Know About Us - Tracy Ullman.
He has recorded with Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, the Kane Gang, Elton John. He's toured with Jan Hammer, the Art of Noise, Van Morrison and Nina Simone.
He's gigged with Grace Jones, the Pet Shop Boys, Dianne Reeves, Liz Wright and Mose Allison.