Archive for July, 2008
A couple of weeks ago Paul made a new song available through his web site ‘Life long passion (sail away)’ this came as a bit of a surprise, we knew Paul was working in the studio with ‘Youth’ who produced the first two ‘Fireman’ albums, the first one ‘Strawberry’s, ocean’s, Ship’s and forest’s’ was pretty much just a collection of remixes of one song ‘Deliverance’ and Paul and Linda had very little input into that album. In 1998 came ‘Rushes’ this album was a real Paul album with Paul playing all the instruments but still being mixed and produced by Youth, on Rushes Paul introduced some vocalising and song snippets and made it very much a Paul album even tho he released it under another name, another highlight of Rushes is the presence of Linda who can be heard reciting some of her haiku’s over Paul’s music, i always list Rushes in my top five Paul albums, i never tire of listening to it and i think it’s unfortunate that for many it has gone under the radar due to it being released as a Fireman album, one of the biggest Paul fans i know never bothered to listen to it as he was unimpressed with the first album so ignored Rushes for ten years, then earlier this year i got him a copy from ebay and he now lists it as one of his all time favorite albums, so it was this same friend i invited over to ‘Tingle Manor’ when i got hold of the new Paul/Fireman track ‘Life long passion(Sail away)’ we have a rule now that any Fab release, or more specifically a Paul release must be treated as special and a bit of an event, time is moving on and we wont always be able to enjoy the excitement of a new song or album from the Fabs, so with that in mind we always have a get together for a listening party.
I played the song and we were both floored, it was so much more than i anticipated and because it came out with little fanfare i didn’t really have too many expectations, but the song really moved me and made me think ‘Well if this is one of the new songs Paul can just throw out there, how good is the rest of the album going to be?’. This time out Paul as the Fireman has added a whole lot more vocals and and rich helping of melody, to me it sounds like a ‘Chaos’ outtake and the production sounds like a Godrich influence more so than a Kahn, the reason i mention Godrich is he produces Jason Falkner who played on Paul’s Chaos album and the intro to this new song sounds very much like a Jason Falkner style of song, i love how it mixes electronic keyboards, loops and lots of organic sounds as well, it’s a real mish mash of sounds.
Paul’s vocals here sound great and the song id riddled with Melody’s. When the song was finished my mate had a huge smile on his face and said ‘That has to be Paul’s next proper album, not a Fireman side project’ he went on to explain that he felt this is the perfect progression from ‘Chaos’ to ‘Memory’ and now ‘Lifelong Passion (Sail away)’ he next said something, and in hindsight i have to agree ‘We sure are in a new golden era with Paul’.
The house/flat I grew up in… was quite busy and fun and always full of life. I have fond memories of a lot of noise and hectic goings-on.
When I was a child I wanted to be… my grandmother was a maternity nurse and I had romantic notions of following in her path, until I had to have my tonsils out and realised how much hard work is involved. I have a tremendous respect for nurses but it’s not my chosen path.
The moment that changed me for ever… in my late teens and early twenties I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Then I worked with my mum (the photographer Linda McCartney on her archives and contact sheets. This made me realised I wanted to do that as well.
My greatest inspiration… are my parents. They’re both very artistic and encouraging and interesting. I really appreciate that they showed us artists and places and took us to interesting places, really broadening our horizons.
My real-life villain… big global polluters, who are wrecking our planet. Particularly large industrial parts of the meat industry, which drains the world resources.
If I could change one thing about myself… I’d stop interrupting people mid-sentence all the time. I talk too much. I cut in when I’m over-excited and then see the person’s face and realise how irritating I’ve been.
At night I dream of… the things I haven’t taken on board or have avoided thinking about during in the day.
What I see when I look in the mirror… I see more and more of my mother; the mannerisms and expressions in particular. It’s also in my nose, jaw line and shape of face.
My style icon…. is Renée Lartigue, who was married to the French photographer Jacques-Henri Lartigue. She looked like fun and wore big straw floppy hats, loads of bangles, with perfect hair and makeup and classic clothes. It was a French Riviera look; very feminine and very effortless-looking.
My favourite item of clothing… are jeans, because they’re so versatile. Skinny cuts more so, particularly Superfine jeans.
I wish I’d never worn… big shoulder pads in the eighties. There are some very embarrassing photos.
It’s not fashionable but I like… thick-cut granary toast and marmalade, granary from a local farmhouse. I get a late-morning craving.
You wouldn’t know it but I’m very good at… whistling. I can do the loud two-finger wolf whistles that you can stop cabs with. It took two days to teach myself how to do it.
You may not know it but I’m no good at… maths. I did enough so that I could pass at school, and promptly started avoid any situatation where I had to use it. I still dream of having a maths exam that I haven’t revised for.
All my money goes on… photographic prints.
If I have time to myself… I watch TV in bed. Complete trash mainly, I just flick around until I find something. Anything but sport, which makes me feel like I should get up and do some exercise.
I drive/ride… I walk a lot or drive an old Mercedes. I much prefer walking. I saw a document about Van Gogh and how when he lived in Vauxhall and worked at his uncle’s gallery in Covent Garden, he walked there and back each day. You see more of what’s going on that way.
My house/flat is… very homely and relaxed, with comfy sofas, books and toys. I like somewhere that can be lived in.
My most valuable possession is… my bed, definitely. You can tell that I’m obsessed with beds. Mine is big and comfortable and quiet.
My favourite building… are the Houses of Parliament. I love that gothic style and each time I pass it there is always something new to see. It’s so intricate and sculptural.
Movie heaven… I love Shirley MacLean movies, particularly Sweet Charity: the plot, the clothes, the music. I’m not usually into musicals but this one’s got Hey Big Spender and If My Friends Could See Me Now, and ttyling and set design is brilliant.
A book that changed me… was Far from the Madding Crowd. I studied it at school and it opened my eyes to world of complicated relationships and things not being perfect but learning to working through problems.
My favourite work of art… is Van Gogh’s Starry Night, which is at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. You can physically feel him in his paintings. The bold brush strokes, it’s all quite intense, and makes you feel passion when you look at it.
The last album I bought/downloaded… was MGMT’s new album Oracular Spectacular. I heard their song on the radio and it made me want to look them up.
The person who really makes me laugh… is chris rock. His comedy is very observational and I like way he presents himself in his live acts.
The shops I can’t walk past… are usually bric-a-brac shops, and Alfie’s antique market on Lisson Grove is always quite an adventure. You never quite know what you’re going to get.
The best invention ever… is the alphabet.
In ten years time, I hope to be… content, that’s what I’m working towards. It seems to be a process of having good relationships and doing work projects that you can feel proud of.
My greatest regret… is not having taken more pictures of my mum when she was alive. We spent a lot of time together, I don’t have enough pictures of us just hanging out..
My life in seven words… pictorial, demanding, diverse, fortunate, flavoursome, physical and domestic.