several e.mails during the past few weeks
enquiring about the Strapping Jocks CD "We Love
the English". Well it's pretty much a one-off
thing the boys have put together, mainly for the
Scots who have a sense of humour. It's a very
tongue-in-cheek recording and would best be
described as a chant rather than a song.
Apparently doing well north of the border we
Whilst on the
subject of Scotland and e.mails, many thanks to
Callum in Glasgow and Bruce in Stirling who both
told us the article we printed was a feature in
the Sunday Post
The downloads page
is proving much more popular than we'd ever
imagined and consequently we'll be digging up
more and more old tracks from the archives.
These are obviously the ones in greatest demand.
The boys have even found a Christmas song to
issue this year. It's called "Christmas Party
Time" and is a rocking good song! Don't miss
A very happy 65th
birthday to Don Ker who reached this milestone
in October. "Seems only yesterday", Nigel said
to me recently, "That we thought he might be a
bit too old for Stavely Makepeace". He was 27 at
Many thanks to
all those of you who have informed us of the
Lieutenant Pigeon videos which have appeared
www.youtube.com The second one, an
appearance on 'The Arrows' TV show in 1976,
featured the song "Goodbye" and ironically
marked the last time the band would play
together on British TV. Just for the
anoraks, it was recorded in Manchester on
May 25th 1976 and was transmitted on ITV in
all regions of the country on June 8th 1976.
None of the boys saw the transmission as
they were away working at the time so this 'youtube'
broadcast was very welcome and brought back
lots of memories.
Have a very happy Christmas.
Those of you who
regularly visit the downloads page will be well
aware of the steady increase in available tracks.
Sales have exceeded all our expectations so we will
do as a lot of you have suggested, put some of the
early Stavely and Pigeon tracks on. If any of you
have queries about any of these recordings, please
do not hesitate to click the CONTACT button on the
web site and drop us a note. for those of you who
still prefer the 'hard' copy, (ie CD), we will
endeavour to provide this service for as long as
No doubt all of you will
now know of the sad demise of the BBC TV programme
Top of the Pops. Newspapers from far and wide have
been phoning the boys for their reactions. Lots has
already been said and written about the end of this
'institution', but both Rob and Nigel privately
confided in me that they're surprised the show
lasted as long as it did! Coincidentally the very
last broadcast was July 30th 2006--exactly 36 years
to the day since the show they performed on with
Stavely Makepeace was transmitted, 30/7/1970!
News soon about a
controversial new recording with a distinct Scottish
flavour from the boys very soon. Keep logging on!!
PS... This cutting arrived at our office in August.
Can anyone throw any light on what publication it
appeared in please?
It's now 5 years since the
boys released OPUS 400. Only two out of the thousands of
you who bought the CD correctly worked out that it is a
musical representation of a dream. I can now reveal that
Ted Kosys and Graeme Vine were the only ones who solved
this enigma! Congratulations to you both.
The record begins with our
'dreamer' drifting in and out of consciousness and
remembering an old dog he once owned called Grey Chops.
The mixture of nonsense thoughts and lucid memories
continue until slumber arrives and 'Hill Rain' takes
over. This is interrupted briefly when he wakes up
realising he 'Don't wanna be a wannabe'!
Soon he's deep in sleep
again and there's more 'Hill Rain'. From now on it's a
succession of short and long dreams, sometimes merging
into each other and often repeating a theme. Gradually
the night wears on and bit by bit the dreams take on a
more logical pattern, all having some link to recent
events in the dreamers life.
The longest dream is the
last of the night. Suddenly the waking hours approach
and the mind is awash with snippets of the night's
experiences in a cacophony of sonic mayhem. Now comes
the biggest clue of all to those of you who have been
left wondering for up to 5 years what it's all meant.
The alarm clock goes off.
The silly bit right at the
end is the mind clearing all memories of the night's
experiences in preparation for the new day. Within
seconds logical thought is back.
We still have a few copies
of OPUS 400 left should any of you who missed it want a
The 35 track double CD "THE
TRIP" (Universal Music 9832862) compilation by Jarvis
Cocker and Steve Mackey, is on sale now and apparantly
doing very well. On it is the Lieutenant Pigeon track
"The Villain". It also contains some excellent tracks
from over the years, all favourites of Jarvis and Steve.