September 29, 2020

Today in Whostory: 5/12/2020

1963 – The Detours play Douglas House in Bayswater

1965 – Keith visits his girlfriend Kim in Bournemouth and goes to the Le Disque a Go! Go! club where he sits in with “The Action” (formerly the band “The Boys” who opened for The Who at the Marquee)

1966 – The Who play the Pavilion Ballroom in Wothing

1967 – Coca-Cola London registers receipt of two spots from MRM Productions. They are filmed commercials to be used in promoting a tie-in between Coca-Cola and Biba’s Boutique in Piccadilly. The music for both spots is performed by The Who and is not officially released by the band until the mid-1990’s.

1979 – The Who play the Arenes de Frejus in Frejus, France

1980 – The Who are on the cover of People magazine

1989 – Rhino Records releases the 1972 London Symphony Orchestra version of Tommy on CD

1996 – Roger Daltrey plays a “hideous assassin” on the third season finale of ABC-TV’s Superman series Lois & Clark

2001 – Pete Townshend puts up mp3’s of “Ascendance (rough mix 2)” and “I’ve Had Enough (orchestral overdub)” on his website

The weather here in London has suddenly become hot. I am in my studio finalizing the last few pieces of music for Scoop 3 and every hour I have to go out to stand in the garden and be amazed by the fact that summer has finally come to this recently bludgeoned island.

There seem to be two young, pretty topless women in my swimming pool. Am I really a rock star or what?

While scrabbling through various old tapes, (which are old enough to need baking in a slow oven before they can even be listened to), I have come across two tracks I thought you might like to hear.

The first is a dry studio mix of a track I did for a 1983 WOMAD album (Peter Gabriel’s World Music foundation). This has me on Hurdy-Gurdy, as well as doing hundreds of tribal drum and vocal overdubs. The interesting thing about the sound is that we left the stereo mikes set up in a single position and moved the drums and vocalists (me) to a new position for each take. So you really get the feeling of a room full of drummers. The words of the ‘song’ are jibberish, made up of a weird concoction of latin, Spanish and Italian. The punchline is ‘Pacifico Musica!’.I think that means ‘peaceful music’?

The second is a recording from the studio floor of the rather out-of-tune orchestra overdubbing some invigorating stuff for the Quadrophenia film soundtrack. These strings were not used in the movie. Recently there has been talk of a release of the movie on DVD with a new 5.1 surround sound mix. I started to look for additional stuff and found this wonderful piece of writing by Raphael Rudd.

Enjoy. Ride in your car with the sound full up, listen to the hillbilly strings and drive your car – to the car-wash.

Webcam photo caption: “Hello. I’m in my study. It is Saturday evening on the 12th May 2001. 0655 UK time. The sun is still hot. I am about to walk my dogs”.

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