It's been a long time since the last installment: a period which takes
in a Japanese tour, plus dates with R.E.M. and Soul Asylum, and festivals
in Europe. Unfortunately, due to the excesses and rigours of the road,
my added memory cells will only take me back to as far as last week. I
will try to back track a little further.
Most recent personal highlights include hanging out with Vudi and Mark
Eitzel from the now sadly defunct American Music Club. They were one of
my fave bands, whom I discovered via their ace album, 'Everclear' in 1990.
All their other albums preceeding this one are utterly fab, and you should
check them out if you have'nt already. Mark and Vudi came to see us play
at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, on Thursday, October 12th. Afterwards
they took me to an Italian bar, where I got pissed on a drink called a
'cosmopolitan', and we rambled on about how great Pulp and Supergrass
More recently still, we shot a video for 'Street Spirit', which involoved
staying up from 6pm to 7am for two nights, and hopefully loads of cool
effects involving something called a photosonic camera. The guy who directed
it, Jonathan Glazer, did the video for Massive Attack's,'Karmacoma' ,
whom we like loads.
We've just finished supporting Soul Assylum - I'm typing this after the
last show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas. Dave Pirner wanted us to
come on stage and 'jam' after their set, but we're not too well versed
in the Rock Standards, so we had to decline, and everyone wentto hit the
gamong tables instead. So, back to Blighty and a long awaited U.K and
European tour - I hope you get to see the tour and enjoy it as much as
I've been looking forward to it! Lots of love,
it's okay. everythings okay.
except i am developing a paranoia about people going through my garbage
(rubbish) like they do in Beverley Hills
R.E.M. made 1995 really mind blowing for us. now i just want to keep it
all for myself. anywat i would'nt know where to begin.
these things slip through your hands, "waking up was sheer delight
for him. he always shared a naive and simple amazement at the discovery
that he was back on eatrt, he was sicerely pleased." Milan Kundera-'The
Unbearable Likenness of Being.'
thank you for being interested tolerant and supportive, and thankyou for
all the perverted letters.
wish you were here love thom.x
'Good to be back, good to be back', as Gary Glitter once Penned and sang,
or though I doubt it refers to returning home after a tough U.S. tour
after all his equipment was stolen: more likely his very words as he entered
the gates of his favourite Scottish Whiskey distillery. Yes. the last
three weeks in America was hard, after the gear was ripped off, but as
Keith Richards once said, 'Shit happens', and at least no one was hurt.
The R.E.M. dates were however a Utopian Tour Experience, Not only a wonderful
band, but lovely, lovely people. I was talking to Tom Gorman of Belly,
(who also toured with them) and we decided that it was about time that
an R.E.M. Appreciation Society should be set up by bands that opened up
for them. I only hope I didn't disgrace mrself too much upon introduction
to Peter Buck, as I bombarded him with nerdy music questions regarding
their first album. 'Murmer'. He was very understanding in the face of
a total fan.
Many thanks to those of you who attempted to console me over the Man.
Utd. defeat of last season. Well, we're out of Europe and the Coca Cola
Cup, so keep writing. I'm trying to be positive and taking that, 'At least
we can concentrate on the Championship and the F.A, Cup' stance.
A big thankroy to all those who came to see us in the U.S., even after
a year and a half's absence, Japan and Europe, I think we managed to play
some half decent shows. We look forward to seeing you, yes you, in the
U.K. and Europe.
Essential tour listening: 'Gideon Gaye' by The High Llamas: 'It's Great
When You're Straight...Yeah', Black Grape: 'Grand Prix', Teenage Fanclub;
Glenn Campbell's Greatest Hits; 'Shaft', Issac Hayes; 'Home', Spearhead.
The Order Of The Red Guitar. (TOOTRG) no longer exists, and in view of
what we own at present, it will have to be The Order Of The Grey Guitar
Plectrum (TOOTGGP). It goes this quarter to Tony Benn M.P..(a lifetime
achievement award) for his continued integrity, and good humour in the
shitty world of politics, See rou soon.Love Ed.
Hi. My name is Philip
and I have a sugar problem.
It all started innocently enough-just the occasional chocolate bar whilst
socialising at playgroup. It helped me relax. I really thought I could
handle it. I chose to ignore all those tell-tale signs of my escalating
habit-the discarded wrappers of the solitary sweet eater, the midnight
binges on chocolate and cola. And now its threatening to destroy all that's
precious in my life-my teeth You join me here in Los Angeles with the
most unbearably nauseating toothache. However, this is just a minor blight
on a couple of months which have witnessed the inaugural meeting of the
'Phil Is Great' fanclub in Japan, tours witil Drugstore and R.E.M., and
our contribution of 'Lucky' to the 'Help' album.
Anyway, when this tour is over, I'm checking into the Nutrasweet Rehab.
Just remember: sweets-just say NO
right now my mind is on the people who stole our instruments, and, specifically,
the person with my guitar, which will no doubt end its days having Green
Day songs worked out on it. A better fate was deserved-and while the reverence
given to guitars annoys me, I shall miss it. Less of a '63 sunburst mint
and more of an '89 battered wreck it may have been, but Emily loved him.
My only comfort is knowing that whoever has it will find it unplayable,
with it's Heath Robinson buttons and bolts all over it, and hopefully
throw it away.
We're two days into the U.K. tour as I write this, and everything being
new has put new life into us. I hope you got a chance to see this tour.
Write soon (enclosing witty-but-realised-too-late-heckles). Love Jonny
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