Hi Roddy, I can't imagine that Elvis Costello was your first choice for producer of the first Specials LP, especially after he couldn't see how you would fit into the sound of the Specials and thought they should oust you. (How wrong was he!!!!!!!). Who would you have liked to produce the LP?
I didnt find out until later, but i thought hed be fine and loved his first album. Its like Nick Lowe producing Desire for me and the Tearjerkers-i wasnt too pleased with the way he slowed most of the song down and even varied speeded my vocal to make me sound deeper? Much prefer The Bonediggers version with John Rivers producing (ghost town engineer-stop kickin that wall)
I always thought Elvis was a strange choice given that he wasn't known for production. I don't think I would be too happy with someone varispeeding my vocals either. Though I have always liked Desire....I do not have the Bonediggers version...Is it on the compilation CD? I do need to get one of them, are they still available?
Yesterday at the Railway Club, a bloke in a flat hat said Elvis wrote all the Specials songs, so I ripped into him and told him that was a pile of Hong Kong Phoey. He was kinda taken back by my response and said I didn't need to be so violent in my response. So I laughed, calmed down and told him what he said was an absolute pile of Hong Kong Phoey.
What an Absurd thing to say..he obviously didn't know his music history. In those years from 77 to early 80's Elvis was definitely on fire..went a bit wayward for me late 80's early 90's but last year whilst flicking through the telly channels, came across a live show of his from America recorded a couple of years ago and it was mighty impressive. I take it Nick Lowe wasn't your choice of producer either?
Yes wrong Stevo!maybe contact me thru this site -Mr P.nut and ill get you a C.D. Ive got about five left! Nick Lowe was Chiswick records choice as a producer, but i was a fan anyway. But like ive already said i didnt like what he did and said so at the time. Everybody said ( record bosses, Rick Rogers-manager )he knew better than me and i should go along with his idears.
Ill sort you a C.D out - but dont take the Sir Sydney Shelf Stacker. I suppose sometimes going with the flow works, but ild rather be a true to myself than put out stuff of my own which i didnt think was right. In the M.K 2 Specials we had a manager who thought we should release a Xmas Ska song , I didnt agree but a couple did, NEVER HAPPENED THANK Arnold Chicken Shorts!