GetoutofLondon Recorded with Martin Rushent. Co-wrote and co-sung with Simon G. This was the song which got us our deal with Chrysalis. Lyrics written Kerouac-style. Lots of time-specific references (Keys on the TV - a sideways reference to the launch of TV-AM). Video directed by Storm Thorgeson. Cover shot en verité on Oxford Street.
Steamhammer Sam Written by SG as a plaintive and personal lament. The steel strikes were a big deal at the time. Included a brass band and children choir in a wry attempt to counteract the bleakness of the lyric…. sing-a-long-insanity. Martin Rushent whistles on the remix. The great Jack Watson starred in the video.
Baby Pain Another SG classic, describing the view from his kitchen window and a burgeoning love affair (to a girl I introduced him to). The cover pictures Edie Sedgwick after the Chelsea Hotel fire. We originally wanted the cover to be all black with dark purple lettering - a big bruise. Produced by David Motion. Signaled the premature end of Intaferon, the lyrics at the beginning of the 12” remix strangely preempting it.
Gun My first solo album. After breaking with SG a month before release, I had to take off the Intaferon singles and write new songs. By the time that was done, I had left London for New York. The cover shot was by Robert Mapplethorpe, the record label having no idea who he was at the time. The American version of the album was renamed Gun Control; I felt it was something worth saying.
I Want You Back First US single off the album. Co-produced with guitarist Steve Stevens. Piano by Holly (Love is a Battlefield) Knight. A cover of a Hoodoo Gurus song, they were suitably dismissive. Video directed by DJ Webster on the streets of NY. The dancer/model had previously been the animated dancer in John Taylor’s & Robert Palmer’s ‘Some Like it Hot’. She had a signature move which she performed admirably.
NeverNeverLand First LP for Warner Bros. Made in the UK & US. Produced by Phil Thornalley, myself and Tom Lord-Alge. Lead off single ‘American Dream’ video directed by Peter Care at huge expense. Banned by MTV as they objected to the interracial romance I was keen to portray. Second single ‘New York Girl’ video directed by Alex Keshshian. It was his first job. I also helped him get his first movie, if somewhat obliquely.
Here Comes the 21st Century I was now in LA. Album produced by Mike Clink. When I brought him on board no one at Warners had heard of him. During the making of the record, his previous project - Guns n’ Roses ‘Appetite for Destruction’ - was released. I was suddenly a genius. We made the album with machines. The lyrics were post-modern and satirical. The cover featured a high school mock-up of my favorite 20th century killers. I changed my name to F Machine. The only single was called ‘Runaway Train’. My favorite song was called ‘Sexy Terrorist’. The writing was on the wall.
Child Bride Early 90‘s. Back in the UK and back with David Motion. A one-off track for my friend Tav, now managing Alt-J. This was all about the remix done by Keith Fernley (Feedback Max). For a songwriter whose strength, if anything, was his lyrics, this was a particularly strange time for me to be making music.
She’s All Over Me Described in the book DBTA as ‘a song of wittering complaint’. The cover by artist Allan Martin is probably the best thing about it. Shoehorning myself into a world into which I no longer fit was a painful and ultimately pointless experience. The ‘She’ of the title was less about a girl, but life in general.
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