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Monsieur Spillage

PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:34 pm
by Chris P
gawd only knows what dear Charlie would've dismissively (probably) made of this, but please indulge me (or cavil) in posting this:
https://youtu.be/dDnefTJao6o

merveilleux

Re: Monsieur Spillage

PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 1:09 am
by NormanD
Might not have liked that too much, but Charlie defo liked Spillage's production work with Lo'Jo and Rachid Taha, as do I. I've no idea how he got into that, or what else he's done since, but it makes me like his earlier work by default.

Re: Monsieur Spillage

PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:07 pm
by Adam Blake
I saw him opening for Queen at Hyde Park in 1976 and he was great. He was always a fabulous guitarist. Hillage was a very important character for people a couple of years younger than me (born 1960) who wanted to be hippies. There he was: being one, and quite unashamedly so. For me, knowing Gong's back catalogue and the whole early Virgin records scene, I couldn't quite take all that "Electric Gypsy" oh-me-oh-my-there's-a-light-in-the-sky seriously. It all seemed a bit contrived. But actually it wasn't. He was absolutely sincere. Virgin tried very hard to make him into a star around the time of "L". It didn't work, but for a great many young people who felt alienated by punk in the late 70s he was a real hero.

Re: Monsieur Spillage

PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:37 pm
by Chris P
I liked Fish Rising and L, but also liked punk & new-wave. I lost track of Hillage during that, but have since got to know the subsequent albums and they're pretty good. A fine guitarist who was always interested by Middle Eastern and North African scales and rhythms as well as the sound production side, so it seemed a natural progression when he started producing Rachid Taha. Of course one of the bizarer combinations of the punk era was Hillage playing (in his orange boiler suit naturally) guitar with Sham 69 live https://youtu.be/dPkt-JS_jDA?t=1m42s. Pity he didn't choose as good a combination as Lol Coxhill and the Damned

Re: Monsieur Spillage

PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:56 pm
by Adam Blake
Ah, but you're a real music lover, Chris. Most people don't have your level of dedication!