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#11572 - Fri, 17 Dec 2004 20:32:00 A question for Billy.
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Hi Billy,
In his autobiography - "Praying To The Aliens", Gary Numan recounts an amusing tale about an incident on his '79 tour. When staying in a south coast hotel, you had ordered some refreshments after a gig. After waiting a ridiculously long time, you walked down through the busy restaurant - stark naked and asked "Where's my f*cking room service?" Is this how you remember the incident? Cheers Billy, love what you do.

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#11573 - Fri, 17 Dec 2004 21:03:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Yes
Thats about right
Merry Christmas Evertone!
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#11574 - Fri, 17 Dec 2004 23:33:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Cheers Billy - nice one. Merry Christmas!
wink

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#11575 - Sat, 18 Dec 2004 01:09:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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nice one Billy, like yer style kidda !!

Merry Xmas [to all Liverpudlians too biglaugh ]

AC

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#11576 - Sat, 18 Dec 2004 03:05:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Piggy - Sharp mate, very sharp. smile

Billy - like your style, must try that myself one day to see if it works....er, there again maybe not!! smile

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#11577 - Sat, 18 Dec 2004 03:12:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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quality billy!!!!
merry xmas to u too

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#11578 - Sat, 18 Dec 2004 08:23:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Have A Merry Christmas and a great Hogmanay, Billy. At a complete loss as to what to get me this year, my family are giving me STILL MOVEMENT - so I have to wait another WEEK before I get to hear it. At least I'm looking forward to Christmas now!

God Bless us, every one.

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#11579 - Sat, 18 Dec 2004 09:54:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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<img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" /> brilliant stuff, I like your style!

Merry Christmas Billy, and to everyone here! Hope you all have a lovely holiday smile

P.S. "Still Movement" is great, will be listening to it a fair few times over the holiday!

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#11580 - Sat, 18 Dec 2004 19:27:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Merry XMAS Billy!

Class act!

I bet you were playing that night "Do you need the Service?"

I wonder what would have happened if Gary would have walked in all his glory in his Numanoid way through that restaurant...!!!!

lmao

Happy New Year too!

Chris C wink

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#11581 - Sat, 18 Dec 2004 19:44:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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tee heeee,

Well Chris, Gary would've probably donned a pinny and went over to serve Billy himself, saying.....

JO THE WAITER, AT YOUR SERVICE SIR wink

[jeez, is that the time !] shocked

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#11582 - Sat, 18 Dec 2004 20:55:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Quote:
Originally posted by CONNY'S PIG:
[QB]tee heeee,

Well Chris, Gary would've probably donned a pinny and went over to serve Billy himself, saying.....

JO THE WAITER, AT YOUR SERVICE SIR wink

....and then singing STORIES!

lmao

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#11583 - Sat, 18 Dec 2004 23:44:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Alternatively, Billy could have walked naked into the lobby and declared "Gentlemen, there is a thief in this hotel."

Ah, Spike Milligan where are you now?*

*Dead.

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#11584 - Sun, 19 Dec 2004 00:43:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Originally posted by scaryduck:

Ah, Spike Milligan where are you now?*

*Dead.
. . . but probably demanding a second opinion.

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#11585 - Sun, 19 Dec 2004 00:56:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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The cafe is old, but the candle lights' new,
She orders Beaujolais wine and says...
...'I thought of you too'

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#11586 - Sun, 19 Dec 2004 01:15:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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She whispers 'Isn't it odd
you remind me of songs
that I'd rather forget
like feelings I longed for......
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#11587 - Sun, 19 Dec 2004 05:01:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Merry Christmas to you too Billy ("Hyvää Joulua" in Finish) and thanks again for CD Still Movements you sent me, it moves me still wink

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#11588 - Sun, 19 Dec 2004 05:09:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Nice one fluff <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" />

Hey Billy, just wondered, on the subject of Gary Numan.......was there any of his songs from 'The Touring Principle 79' that you liked in particular ?

Also, you seemed to gel perfectly with Gary's band on stage. Any lasting memories of Paul, Ced, Russ and Chris Payne ???

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#11589 - Sun, 19 Dec 2004 05:13:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Nah, they just all fade to grey... wink

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#11590 - Sun, 19 Dec 2004 07:17:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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well Chris did.......didn't he ? confused

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#11591 - Sun, 19 Dec 2004 22:49:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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....and didn't Ced do the original drum track? He's not credited on the Visage album.
confused

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#11592 - Mon, 20 Dec 2004 18:05:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Originally posted by CONNY'S PIG:
well Chris did.......didn't he ? confused
Ash,

Of course our Billy gelled very well with Gary's band. People tend to forget that Billy was at No. 1 in the charts with Cars. Didn't he look great in his jump suit!!! laugh

Billy what were your faves from the 1979 Tour?

Cheers

MR C wink

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#11593 - Mon, 20 Dec 2004 18:10:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Quote:
Originally posted by Fluff:
....and didn't Ced do the original drum track? He's not credited on the Visage album.
confused
Fluff,

Was this the Fade to Grey track ?

Talking about a hybrid of Ultravox and Tubeway Army. Says it all about the success of the track.

Chris C wink

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#11594 - Mon, 20 Dec 2004 21:13:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Merry Christmas, Mr. Currie. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" />

-Volglory

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#11595 - Mon, 20 Dec 2004 21:23:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Chris C,
Yes, Billy Currie & Chris Payne wrote the music for Fade To Grey whilst sounchecking on Numan's '79 tour. Billy, Chris & Ced went into a studio to record the track. Midge wrote the lyrics later and the track was added to the first visage album. I don't know if any elements of the original recording can be heard on the released version.
Cheers, Fluff
smile

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#11596 - Mon, 20 Dec 2004 22:23:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Weren't Rusty Egan and Dave Formula involved too ?

Chris, can't remember Billy in a jumpsuit [or were ya referring to Numan in the CARS video ?]
They all looked pretty cool during the handclaps though.

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#11597 - Mon, 20 Dec 2004 23:15:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Chris, can't remember Billy in a jumpsuit [or were ya referring to Numan in the CARS video ?]
They all looked pretty cool during the handclaps though.
Ash,

Yeah that's the one with handclaps.

Jumpsuits? Well they all wore sort of futuristic costumes/suits and playing minimoogs.

I'll have to get the Praying with the Aliens book and find out more about Billy's involvement with Gary particularly in the recording of The Pleasure Principle plus those 2 tracks that appear on Telekon ie Photograph and Les Trois Gymnopieds (forgive my French Ash!). Jonas (Warstad) is quite positive that they belong to these sessions. Photograph is a haunting beautiful track. It has Billy stamped all over it. I'm pretty sure. Mind you it could have been Chris (Payne). He proves his ability on the soaring The Aircrash Bureau.

Ah! Those were the days. Nothing like the eighties!

Chris C wink

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#11598 - Tue, 21 Dec 2004 00:49:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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I've got some pictures of Billy in his jumpsuit. Gary wore a white belt over his black jumpsuit, the rest of the band wore red belts. They weren't worn in the Cars video but for a few photo-sessions and maybe a TOTP appearance. I seem to remember reading somewhere that Billy was partly responsible for this image. Could be another question for Billy? Maybe we should start a new topic! smile

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#11599 - Tue, 01 Feb 2005 03:53:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Quote:
Originally posted by Chris C:
[qb] [QUOTE]Originally posted by CONNY'S PIG:

I'll have to get the Praying with the Aliens book and find out more about Billy's involvement with Gary particularly in the recording of The Pleasure Principle plus those 2 tracks that appear on Telekon ie Photograph and Les Trois Gymnopieds (forgive my French Ash!). Jonas (Warstad) is quite positive that they belong to these sessions. Photograph is a haunting beautiful track. It has Billy stamped all over it. I'm pretty sure. Mind you it could have been Chris (Payne). He proves his ability on the soaring The Aircrash Bureau.

Ah! Those were the days. Nothing like the eighties!

Chris C wink
I seem to remember reading Possible in Numan's bio, that Trois gymnopedies, Down in the park piano version and Photograph were performed by Denis Haines, Billy did however arrange three tracks on thr Touring principle '79 tour;
Bombers,Remember I was Vapour and On Broadway
Hope that Helps

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#11600 - Tue, 01 Feb 2005 06:45:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Wonder if Billy told Gary to sing On Broadway so wildly out of tune as well? biglaugh

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#11601 - Tue, 01 Feb 2005 08:58:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Flip Martian:
<strong>Wonder if Billy told Gary to sing On Broadway so wildly out of tune as well? lmao

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#11602 - Wed, 02 Feb 2005 05:25:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Quote:
however arrange three tracks on thr Touring principle '79 tour;
Bombers,Remember I was Vapour and On Broadway
This is one of my absolutely favourite pieces from Gary. I personally rate this sequence almost as highly as Ultravox "Mr. X / Western Promise / Vienna" sequence. Simply a marvel to listen to.

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Wonder if Billy told Gary to sing On Broadway so wildly out of tune as well?
And I personally really like the way "On Broadway" is sang.
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Anyway, just wanted to tell you that you can watch a brief snippet of Gary and his great Band performing "Cars" on TOTP online here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/profiles/numangary.shtml.
What's really sad is that you cannot download it. Then again it's only 30 sec.

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#11603 - Wed, 02 Feb 2005 06:35:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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I like the way Gary sang it as well, but it IS totally out of tune most of the time. Its interesting listening to him trying to sing a "proper" song. smile

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#11604 - Wed, 02 Feb 2005 06:46:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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"Sing"?

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#11605 - Wed, 02 Feb 2005 06:58:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Quote:
Originally posted by Chris C:
[qb]
Photograph is a haunting beautiful track. It has Billy stamped all over it. I'm pretty sure. Mind you it could have been Chris (Payne). He proves his ability on the soaring The Aircrash Bureau.

Ah! Those were the days. Nothing like the eighties!

Chris C wink
I don't have it to hand (it's in an attic in Bognor Regis, an ignominious hiatus in its existence) to check the writing credits, but that same Currie-esque touch is apparent on the track
Take Me Home by DRAMATIS , which is what Gary Numan's band recorded an LP as (with GN on one track)in 198-summat - one or two, I think. It's pretty good, too, and the cover is so 80s it could have been mocked-up for that new TV comedy, Look Around You ! Cheek bones you could do damage with. Nice.

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#11606 - Wed, 02 Feb 2005 10:55:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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I don't think Billy played on "Photograph", as far as I know, it was just Gary Numan and Chris Payne.
The Dramatis track "Take Me Home" does have a slight Billy Currie feel to it, but it was written by Denis Haines, Chris Payne, RRussell Bell(no, not a typo)& Ced Sharpley.


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#11607 - Thu, 03 Feb 2005 01:19:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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I like the way Gary sang it as well, but it IS totally out of tune most of the time. Its interesting listening to him trying to sing a "proper" song
A quote from "Sounds" (October 6, 1979), a review of Gary's show in the Hammersmith Odeon:
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"On Broadway" - a proper song. A surprise except that the words of "You Are in My Vision" mentioned singing a chorus of "On Broadway". In the flesh he did it badly, his voice adjacent to the tune but not quite there. Some argument for its relevance could be contrived I expect. It was a flop.
This was the dreary phase. Nothing fresh was happening. The static, complacent aspects of "The Pleasure Prinicple" were dominant".
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And so on.
Still, for me its "out-of-tune"`ness makes this version somehow very interesting and original. But that's my view.
Well, to be honest, the main attraction in that song is Billy's solo. Simply breathtaking - based on it I'd go so far as to call him "Jimi Hendrix of..." But what he is playing on? I've heard that it's electric violin or synthesizer. Can anyone make it clear?

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#11608 - Thu, 03 Feb 2005 01:28:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Photograph is a haunting beautiful track. It has Billy stamped all over it. I'm pretty sure.
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that same Currie-esque touch is apparent on the track
I doubt that Billy was involved on this one too. Though it'd be great - "Photograph" is my favourite Numan' instrumental. In fact, one of my all-time Top-10 of favourite instrumentals. Really lovely.
But, as far as I know, it was recorded at the very start of 1979, and at that time Gary and Billy didn't meet yet.
I also think "Photograph", although recorded for "The Pleasure Principle", really don't belong to it. It's too polished, too slick, much more in the vein and sound of "Telekon".

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#11609 - Thu, 03 Feb 2005 07:25:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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I might have replied confusingly. Billy wasn't involved in the Dramatis stuff as far as I know, I was just saying (a little badly) that Dramatis had Currie-esque elements, maybe the benefits of a classical music education or summat.

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#11610 - Thu, 03 Feb 2005 10:27:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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Originally posted by Vladimir:

Well, to be honest, the main attraction in that song is Billy's solo. Simply breathtaking - based on it I'd go so far as to call him "Jimi Hendrix of..." But what he is playing on? I've heard that it's electric violin or synthesizer. Can anyone make it clear?
Billy's solo on "On Broadway" is played on an ARP Odyssey synthesizer. A lot of artists have used the Odyssey, including Numan, but it never sounds better than when it's Billy playing it (in my opinion).

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#11611 - Thu, 03 Feb 2005 18:59:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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ARP odyssey! Fantastic Synth. Sold mine and regretted it ever since.
Glad I still have my Synthex!

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#11612 - Thu, 03 Feb 2005 21:54:00 Re: A question for Billy.
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btw : john foxx also fancies the arp odyssey synth very much !!! wink

- olaf

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