Saturday, 21 April 2007
The First Couple of Weeks...
I'd known Johnny for a while.
I'd engineered a session for Freakparty (Johny's and Andy's band), they rehearsed at Decibelle, the studio I worked and rehearsed at.
Due to the incestuousness of the Manchester music scene at that time, we had also shared band members, my drummer Bill Anstee, had also been Johnys drummer in Sister Ray.
Johny had also formed a physical attachment to my vocalist.
My band "The Adorables" had a bit of a following and minor interest from some of the independent labels. It consisted of two bass players, vox, drums and keyboard.
For anybody interested in this period of Manchester Music, I will continue in another post, as its prob not of too much value for the people reading this.
J approached me and asked if I wanted to play bass in his new band. I'd never actually been in a band I hadnt put together myself, so was initially reticent.
I cant remember the events that turned my indecision to a yes, but I eventually agreed, summoning my old band members to a meeting at my flat located in the Crescents in Hulme, and letting them know.
They were a bit miffed, it wasnt pleasant, they decided to carry on without me, and the deed was done. (if any of them stumble upon this I'd like to hear their point of view, and their memories concerning these times)
So...I was now a free agent.
The First Meeting
I rode down to J's place in Bowden. He had a room in the house of a local Granada TV presenter "Shelly Rhodes" who presented Granada news and a smattering of current affairs progs from time to time. I think he was friends with her son, and had secured a room in her large sprawling house.
It was a fairly typical room, couple of guitars, double tape decks, portastudio, sofa etc.
Stephen was there, I'd already been told by J that he didnt like to be called "Steve", so Stephen it was.
We got chatting, shared a few common interests (vegetarianism, velvet underground).
J played me "I want a Boy for my Birthday" on cassette, said it was likely to be the first single, and could I put a bass line to it. As it stood, it was just guitar and vox. I took the cassette, promising to have the bass written for our next meeting. I was there a couple of hours, and we agreed to meet a couple of times a week to get things started.
I said I'd pick Stephen up from Stretford, I was coming from Whalley Range, so I passed his door anyway. I took him back home, Stephen riding pillion, and that was the way we travelled for the next couple of months.