Sunday, January 01, 2006

2006 Kicks In!

I saw this live performance of 'Bare Assets' (aka Bare Essence) from the Basement Jam posted by Alecia. There is something quaint about the poor quality of the film that feels good to me:
http://aleciajensen.com/BLOG/SimonTAX05M.wmv

And sticking with the song, I figured I might aswell upload a very short piece of film I put together for Animal Soup project when I was learning movie editting:
Click here to see Bare Assets strumming


Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for visiting and all the support.




114 Comments:

Blogger neilbymouth said...

Wow yeh i know what you mean Si- great song thanks for the link and thanx alecia originally, the other one is great can we have some more please sir? lol i love this kind of stuff. BTW Simon, i love the track on the casbah EP which is based on start by the Jam- it seems to be a third jam a third you and the rest big country almost a silute VERY good song man. One other question whats your setup stagewise with the Casbah club the guitars sound really les-paul on a lot of it to me.
Happy new year mate and thanks again.

5:49 AM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hi Neil - Glad you like the downloads. Original version of 'Any Way She Moves' used samples from 3 songs as a kind of 'mash up'. To save clearance problems we ended up recording loops from scratch with view to making it more our own - judging by your comments we obviously need to work a bit more on that.

On recordings and on stage I use a Fender Strat with P90 pick ups which gives me a bit fat Gibson SG sound - Gotta love that!

6:38 AM  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

cheers for that Simon, wow i never would have thought that was a strat fantastic sound- as for the song i think its brilliant its almost like a musical nod in the direction of everyones past, i particuarly love the trumpet sounds in the chorus, its high art. its all high art.
best wishes
N

6:48 AM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Hi Simon

Spent most of the day listening to your STIR back cat I bought from the website - there's some great stuff on those albums fella.
Really getting into The Way It Is and No More Never at the Moment.

There's a track on 'Animal Soup' called Higness - just wondering if that one raised any eyebrows among the Townshend clan?

All the best for 2006 mate - lookin' forward too seeing some more CC gigs.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Hi Simon - happy new year! I have to honestly admit, I don't know much of your stuff yet, but I'm learning. I'm looking forward to seeing you open for Pete and Roger in the summer, if I'm even lucky enough to get tickets. Seems like it will be a fun time.

8:19 AM  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

paul, i love highness as well- i have it on the 'simontowmshend is' LP- i think its sad in a way because if simon wasnt PT brother theres no doubt in my mind whatsover that he would now be as big a star as him, people switch off their ears i think when they hear the name or that they are related -i did it myself till i heard him at the basement jam and that is a real shame, in fact its criminal

9:09 AM  
Blogger Bonfire Jones said...

Happy New Year Simon! Hope 2006 is a banner year! Ed

9:35 AM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Hey Simon, thanks for the comment! I just listened to some of your music. I love "Ecstasy Heaven". Of the Casbah Club, I like "Any Way She Moves" a whole bunch as well as "Venustraphobia." It's very much the type of music that I would listen to.

Honestly, I am surprised to hear you are 45. You have such a young sound to your music. It seems you really know what it is people want to hear. I'm amazed your music isn't all over American radio. It should be. Keep up the good work, hopefully I'll get to see you guys rock out this summer. :o)

10:05 AM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

PS - You should look into www.myspace.com -- it's kind of like an extended blog of sorts - a community of millions of people who share interests in music, film, etc. There is a whole section devoted to music (bands can make profiles with music clips, pictures, etc), that people can search and find. It's an easy way for people to come across fresh music, and pretty popular at the moment. Good way to reach out to new fans. Just thought I'd let you know. :o)

10:17 AM  
Blogger Chris Capp said...

Hi Simon,

Great blog! I am a visitor from Pete's blog and I just watched the new TOMMY/QUAD DVD this weekend -- fantastic job on "Dirty Jobs"! I saw that tour in Toronto and it was great to be reminded what a fantastic singer you are. It looked like you were having a blast.

I hope Casbah Club does indeed open some 2006 Who shows (particularly in LA!).

Meanwhile, Happy New Year and all the best!

- Chris

10:32 AM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hi Sarah - Actually another blogger, Gary suggested I look at myspace.com so I've been over there and messed around. Will put up a link when I figure it out a bit more. Thanks for the advice! Great that you're enjoying the music, too. Seems to be going down really well lately.

11:08 AM  
Blogger AndyW said...

Simon,
Thanks for posting those videos. I plan on trying my hand at video making this year. It looks like fun but I'm sure it eats up hard drive space.

On a different note. I was watching the Quadrophenia DVD from the 96-97 tour. I saw the show in Chicago at the United Center. Your electric guitar work and singing are exceptional. Just as I had remembered them.

Cheers,
AndyW

11:10 AM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

That was beautiful. I would have loved to have seen you perform that song live.

11:18 AM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hi Chris & Andy - I think I'd better get hold of a copy of that new Quad DVD, then I can talk about it properly. I remember that it was great to be a part of it.

Hey Bonfire - thanks man! Happy New Year to you.

Paul - You have done me proud. Buying my whole back catalogue and carefully listening as you have makes you a special fan / friend. Highness is about Pete and my relationship - remember, 'His Royal Highness' is a Prince - the words are more about me than Pete. By the way, I am really happy with the success I've achieved and I hope there may be a bit more to come. At the end of the day, for me, it's all about the songs I write and hopefully moving people with them. Cheers.

Lee Ann - you are a doll! Roll on half nekkid thursday.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

Simon, thank you for stopping by my place. If you are ever in need of some company in paragliding and want to help a girl get over her fears, come get me ;)
I said it at my place..."I am sure you have more girl fans than you know what to do with, but you really are a true talent".
You are sweet!

11:59 AM  
Blogger Mike K said...

Hi Si,

My wife Anne and I would like to wish you and your family a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

We are looking forward to hearing some of your new songs in 2006 and seeing you perform live again!

Do you think the Casbah Club might do some gigs at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ? We can't wait for you to play there again!

Oh yeah, did you ever get the pictures that Anne took of your gig at Maxwell's? We sent them to you about a year ago.

Take care!

Your Friends,

-Mike & Anne K.

12:23 PM  
Blogger E.L. Wisty said...

Hi Simon,

Thanks for the videos (and of course to Alecia for being the original source for the first one), cool stuff! All the best in everything you do in 2006!

Maria

12:38 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Hey Simon,I'm not computer technically inclined but is
there a way of putting up
clips from the Mercury Lounge
August 2002 DVD? Have you had
a chance to watch any of it yet?

12:59 PM  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

nice work on the quicktime movie.
hope that's just the first of many.

this Blogging business is great for putting stuff together on the computer and getting it out there.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

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1:04 PM  
Blogger Seychelle said...

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1:23 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Simon;

I have been following the IAC charts and watching the Casbah Club climb higher and higher it is very exciting, I am sure you are thrilled. You just keep putting your music up there and we will make sure they go upward! Happy New Year!

1:33 PM  
Blogger Steve H said...

Hi Simon

Curious what (if any) effects you use on stage, especially for solos or extra aggression. I've been experimenting with various pedals (compression and overdrive) as well as guitar tuner pedal.

SteveH

2:22 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Nice little film from Alecia of
Bare Assets and the strumming
was magnificent!! Nice pure sound.

3:50 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Trust me Lee Ann, I know what to do with all my girl fans - just can't get near enough to them.

Mike and Anne - Gig at Maxwells, Hoboken? It's possible sometime next year if we get a night off from The Who tour.... Isn't Maxwells where Bob K had fight with club owner?? I did get the pics by the way - thanks so much!

Hi Mike I did watch some of the DVD you sent me, Thanks, it was cool. If I get time I'll see if I can edit a segment for upload.

Maria - glad you enjoyed the clips. Actually, I have a really cool home movie I may post at some point. It will be a long download but should be of interest to those keen enough to wait 10 mins or so.

True Justin - A great place for all the out-takes ;-)

I'll take a look at your blog and leave a comment Gary. Cheers!

Seychelle - you did mention it actually but I don't mind if you say it again... and again...

Good innit Meg! We're bubbling outside the Big50 now with Save Me From Me - All exciting stuff! Don't know if I'll sleep tonight now.... may as well hit play all night, eh!

Steve - Fulltone pedal is the one. Not cheap but amazing with built in compressor. This is the shit!

Cool Mike - you enjoyed! Good enough for me mate! Thanks to Alecia for that little gem.

Cheers for now.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Steve H said...

Thanks Simon - nice looking gear but like you say, not cheap. Would that be the Full-Drive 2 that you use?

Steve

5:00 PM  
Blogger Mike K said...

Hi Si,

We're really glad that you got the pics from the Maxwell's gig, you're welcome so much! I didn't remember Bob K's fight with the club owner though. We probably left before it happened, if that was the place. If you don't mind me asking, what was it over and would it keep you from playing a gig there in the future?

We're REALLY enjoying your blog and the new website!

It's GREAT to have you back again!!!!

Mike & Anne K.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Rich Greiner said...

Hi Simon, for some reason I haven't ever posted on your blogsite but in the New Year I'm going to try and reach more people.I've loved watching you on the In The Attic show, your music and playing is great. I was actually a fan of yours since about 1984 or 85. I bought the album Sweet Sound and loved it!. I unfortunately have played it so often it's pretty badly scratched by now, I have yet to see it re-released or find a copy elsewhere, I'm sure I can at some point.That was a great album, so I'll have to check out your more recent offerings by yourself or with the Casbah Club. Hope to see you in 2006!

5:43 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Hope your New Year was HAPPY!

I couldn't get the movie to Bare Assets. Sad.

I love this song.

Well, me & my bare assets wish you a good night.
I look forward to more music coming thru the "grid".
You are Highness......
XO
Sue

6:20 PM  
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6:20 PM  
Blogger Chris Capp said...

Hey Simon,

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog. I highly recommend the Clooney film. Just caught Spielberg's Munich today and it is also riveting.

How cool that I saw you on a DVD last night and today you're posting on my blog!

From tree to tree
From you to me
Traveling twice as fast as on any freeway

- Chris

6:52 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

Nifty editing you did there. I like some of the overlaying, especially the first one that shows your mouth. I've heard it said by a few people, "It's all in the way you hold your mouth." :p

I think you've shown quite a bit of visual creativity with just this one idea. Don't stop at overlays, though. Keep playing with different techniques and tools. Once you've played a bit more with it, you could do your own music videos!

I'm interested to see what you come up with.

Jack

7:13 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

Great song, Thanks for putting it up :)

7:23 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

That would make my year!
*grin*

Jack

7:24 PM  
Blogger ginab said...

Was able to watch you strumming, and the nice effects, but unable to watch Alecia's .wmv.

I won't cry. Just 'lurking' and I was glad to find something interesting to view. Very nice indeedy.

-g+bb

7:32 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

I just got the movie.
I was trying to log off, be responsible, get the laundry done. WHoa and behold, there was you, Si, singing.......oh loverly dreams for me!

7:35 PM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

I also enjoyed the video Simon. It definitely shows that the talent runs in the family.

Sounds like you and Pete are totally sold on Strats. My 15 yo niece got one for her birthday and a small Marshall amp to use. She's doing pretty good, but the build of the guitar always astounds me as being like I said on Pete's blog "built like a brick shithouse".

Cheer's for now.
Jim :-P

PS: Looking forward to the US hoisting the World Cup.

7:45 PM  
Blogger paul B said...

Simon,

Just so you know, I think Gary's Myspace idea sounds awesome. I have been using Myspace for awhile now and I will do my best to draw attention from my site to yours if you make one.

Myspace is a HUGE community. Everyone I know has one and it would really get you guys alot of exposure!!

let me know if you have any questions about myspace or are in need of afew pointers. :)

Have a great one!!

paul B

PS: the Casbah CD i ordered is AMAZING... Where is the best place for me to find more of your music to order??

7:49 PM  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

Happy New Year Simon,
It just occured to me; you're in a 'Super Group!'
I agree with Justin, more movies and mpegs. :)
Cheers,
Amanda

9:27 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

Simon - what a great surprise!!!

I just made a short film of my trip over New Years with my son. It is largely inspired by your music...

http://aleciajensen.blogspot.com/

I love the strumming in your film!
That clip reminds me of an experience this summer, I'll try to be brief, but it's a good story.

My fingers are too small to hold down a chord long enough to hear it! I was just saying to a girlfriend how I'd love to be able to play the guitar. That night we saw a guitarist by the name of Scott Holt (used to play with Buddy Guy). He does this guitar trick with the audience where he comes off the stage while he's playing. As he is moving closer to our table I am thinking that's really cool he's coming in closer to the audience. As he walks behind, I'm thinking cool he's going to go play up close for everyone behind us. As I am looking ahead at the bass player and drummer I see this guitar coming down from the top of my head all the while Scott is still playing! He sets it on my lap and says just don't drop it! He continues to play with all the same passion and fever as if I was not in-between him and his guitar!

I was all tense, like what the heck was goin on? Then I took a big breath after he said do you trust me? I let go and literally felt the music running through me!!! It was AWESOME!!! He then leaves the guitar with me while still ringing in a high note..he runs off, does a little dance on the stage looking back at our stunned faces! He actually expected me to follow his lead and muster a few notes off that strat! LOL! So back he comes starts playin the chords on the neck and hands ME the pick!!! I start strumming the strings to the rhythm set by the drummer and bass (very similar to the guitar part your showing here) and the place goes crazy!!...THEN he does the same thing with my friend Kris, only this time SHE shows him and actually hits the right chord/s (In his words) 5 times!!!

Bet ya can't do that at a stadium gig! ...and NO that is not a dare! :-)

For those of you having problems with viewing just give it a while to load like lzygrl. It may be that the connection is slow, or if your on dial up I'm not sure if you'll get it at all. Just too much to shove through the wires!

9:48 PM  
Blogger Mr.Tapes said...

Hey Simon,
I left you a long note in the "cafe Merchandise" blog and you replied to almost everyone but me, Still dissing me bad I see. No worries mate, Karma all comes back in the end! Only kidding, Sort of.........
I see you are still attracting all the lovelies. Alecia, I loved your portfolio!

I just got back from a week out with the Funk Brothers. We played BB KIngs in Times Square, NYC and then went to Orlando Florida to do a show with Styx and Gloria Gaynor. Here's an MP3 of The Funk Brothers with Gloria that I Mixed during our soundcheck.
http://www.steinbergsound.com/funkbrothers/Never%20Can%20Say%20Goodbye.mp3

This is a large mp3.
My mix went out as a stream on the internet and was broadcast on Comcast cable here in the states.

Glad to see the Casbah Club is climbing up the indie chart!
Rock on with your bad self My brother!
Mark

11:46 PM  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

Hi Simon ive done a review of the casbah club CD on my blog, see what you think- im probably way off on my assumptions of the subject matter, but music hits everyone in different dont it? alll the best

Neil

2:59 AM  
Blogger Anuj said...

Hi Simon, This is the first time writing for me, but I've been a ST fan for a long time. Being in India almost all my life, getting a lot of the music I loved was extremely difficult as you might imagine (a lot of this music being introduced to me by David Burn then at Piccadilly Radio 261 - who was a great friend). Anyhow, Sweet Sound of 1983 and Moving Targets of 1985 were amongst my favourites and I've worn out needles on those records. They were woven amongst the fabric of my life - and continue to be. I started as a Who fan (still am) but grew to be a ST fan and did I enjoy that process! I'm based in Toronto now, and of course all the music's a lot more accessible. I was at the Who gig at Toronto on September 28, 2002 - what an experience that was! - that's the only time I've seen you perform - but I avidly hope both the Casbah Club and the Who play Toronto, Canada in 2006. I've enjoyed The Jam and Big Country as well which makes Casbah Club that much more special to me - I also had the undeniable pleasure of meeting Bruce when he played Toronto with the Fingers. So, I hope you get to read this little note, you've provided me with many many hours of listening pleasure and I just wanted you to know that. All the best going ahead, 2006 and beyond. Cheers, Anuj

5:55 AM  
Blogger Debby C said...

Hi Simon - Just wanted to drop you a note letting you know I finally got a chance to listen to your CD (your daughter picked it out for me at the Basement Jam) and I wanted to let you know it's great! I must have listened to it 10 times this weekend.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

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10:25 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Your right about the video, it looks like its the way it should be with a little better sound though. Simon, do you have any simple layouts for home studios. What a simple studio should be. Im building one now. I have a Boss1600 recorder, lexicon effects system and looking for more input. Sully sent me some great ideas but I want to make sure I dont get things I dont need...Happy New Year....michael :)

11:18 AM  
Blogger paul B said...

Simon & Gary,

i just went to both your Myspaces.... Looks great!!

Ill definetly link some people over there!!

Paul B

11:28 AM  
Blogger paul B said...

Just so you know it is possible to put music up on regular Myspace Profiles.... check out mine and you will see some of what can be done...

http://www.myspace.com/22455839


I think you are probebly better off with a music profile as Gary noted but let me know if u need instructtions on posting vidoe changing backrground etc etc

11:33 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Simon I just ordered the T shirt and "Autographed CD" I can't wait till it gets in...michael :)

11:57 AM  
Blogger chris said...

Si; hope you qnd family are well, would you still like me to send copies of Esquire etc to you ?? I do look forward to seeing you play at the forthcoming Who shows and as I am setting up an interview for Rachel with one of my Editors at Harpers Bazarre, wondered if you might appreciate the same with Esquire magazine which I will of course organise for you should you be interested ?? Email me at chris.tarafa@natmags.co.uk, least I can do for all the cd's you have kindly sent me in the past.

Regards to all

12:29 PM  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

Way to go Si! Love the films...that one you did of you strumming was amazing!

on the IAC my friend Annie is #4...go have a listen. She is releasing her first album next week so it is exciting! I got her to sign up a blog! Love that sex change is there, what a fun song.

Happy New Year to you!
X-Molly

2:35 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

Thanks to Paul B for the comment a few posts back about embedding a sound file. I just put up Tony Lowe's song "Trees Beckon" off Shadowbird on my main blog - eye of the beholder. It sounds great playing in the backround. Maybe it with help people who wait for the short film to load. Thanks Tony!

Thanks everyone for the kind words about the Bare Assets Clip. As I mentioned to Mike S. I'd love to spend ALL my time promoting Simon but I've got to get back to real life now :-( ...but I'll be back!

5:42 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

I've created a radio station on IAC and have added your songs. I guess radio play determines the charts? I don't know how it works yet, I'm investigating.

My idea was to try and find some cool music and put on the "station". There sure is a lot of utter shite out there, though. (I'm giving up for tonight, I managed to find a nifty funk flutist. That was it so far, I'm afraid...)

I'll do what I can!

Jack

5:56 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

You've played in Hoboken? That's amazing, that's like twenty-five minutes from where I live. So close, yet I so rarely go there. Heard there's a great night scene there though. Good clubs, good music type of thing. Well, if you play there again this/next year, I'll have a reason to finally go again.

9:02 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

Don't get me wrong, you have a fan here. I just gotta be honest.

I love When She Sleeps!!

I had my Andrew watch an Audrey movie last week, he was shocked by the line "He's about as interested in your intellect as I am." Ah, the fifties... weren't so worried about being PC, were they?

:)

(still a fangirl... just not of Venustraphobia)
Jack

9:08 PM  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

Thanks so much for commenting on my blog Simon. I wrote a long overdue tribute to your brother Pete and I hope you enjoy it.
Cheers,
Amanda

9:46 PM  
Blogger Kid Ric said...

Movin' in! Sex Change on the IAC. I knew that one woild sell. All of your songs are excellent. You play and sing with real emotion. You rock my friend.

Chat at BallerinaGurl's January 8, 2006 @ 2:00 pm Mountain time. Molly will be hosting. Sure would make everyones' day if you could join us for a bit.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Get the fix in 2006. Or is it, Get your kicks on Route 66?

Peace, love and light.

12:08 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

alright Si,

Happy new year.

Hope you're well and looking forward to a busy 2006!

Good Luck

Sam & Giles

2:21 AM  
Blogger Bob K said...

Hey Si,

Looks like word is getting out on the potential for Casbah Club to support The Who this year. In addition to the Reuters/Billboard article, here's one from Virgin.net:


CLICK HERE TO SEE WHO NEWS


It would be great if Casbah Club's opening slot was cybercast.

9:51 AM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Back to work!!!!

Got a long drive ahead of me tomorrow so my listening pleasure will be 'simontownshendis' and 'Led Zep 2'- can't go wrong there.

Simon, may be a daft question but without knowing full details of The Who schedules, do you think that Casbah Club will be at any of the UK Summer Festivals - maybe 'V Festival'?

Paul

10:02 AM  
Blogger Alecia said...

Venustraphobia No. 76 just past over Jigsaw! The is the last of the four songs now climbing the IAC charts in "ALL GENRES" - how about all 4 "in" the big 50 by this Sunday! Come on all ye bloggers! :-)

http://www.independentartistscompany.com/genre_chart.aspx?pagenumber=3&Genre=All+Genres

10:48 AM  
Blogger Alecia said...

sorry that was 67. Dyslexic here!

10:50 AM  
Blogger Koos F said...

Hi Simon,

May the year 2006 bring you the things that fond memories are made of.

One of my fondest memories of 2005 is our encounter in The Boat House, most inspiring. Part of the fun was seeing one of your kids give me a look that communicated: "Yeah sure our dad's a rock hero, sir, but we know from a reliable source that he snores". Rather a long message to read from just one look, I admit, but that is how my brain works.
Koos

12:07 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Steve H - Yep! That's the baby!

Hi Mike - Sorry! Bob K didn't argue with club owner at Maxwells.... wrong gig, wrong town, wrong country - right planet!

Hi Rich - good to have you on the blog.

Hi Sue & Ginab - I hear the DVD for Xmas Basement Jam is being sent out to subscribers soon so you should be able to get hold of a copy.

Hi Paul - thanks for help with myspace. I'll check your space out later and see what can be done to improve things.

Hi Amanda.... just occured to me too.... Hmmm - I should be rich!

Hi Mark (mr Tapes) - I didn't mean to avoid you on the cafe merch post - just one of those things. I do worry sometimes that I answer some people and not others. I LOVE YOU ALL EQUALLY!! It is only myself I love more.

Thanks for the review Neil - Should help sell a few copies!!

Hi Anuj - that's a really great post. I'm delighted that my music gave you so much pleasure. Please blog again... and check out the newer material, free downloads on the websites.

Cool Debby... play it again ;-)

Hi Michael - Can't you just buy a fully loaded Apple Mac and do everything you need with an M-box or MOTU A/D converter? As long as you are not trying to create amazing sounding master recordings it's the cheapest and best option I think.

Seychelle - a pic of me for a pic of u! How bout that!!

Hi Chris - Always interested in receiving the porn in post. The Esquire interview sounds great - I will email you about it. Chers.

Hi Molly - Good to see you on my blog. Glad you liked the films. I did check out your friend, Annie's song and it's really cool.

Alecia - good to see you helping Tony.... he is a rock GOD!

Hi Jack - Love your radio station, only one thing missing.... begins with V and ends in A. Can you figure that one out?

Yep Sarah - played Hoboken. Was a great gig.... no fighting, nice owner, etc.

There's that pic of u again Amanda!

Kid Ric - I am gonna make it to the chat. What time in the UK will it be? Do I need special access codes?

Hi Paul. I doubt Casbah will play V Festival. I'll wear a Casbah Club t-shirt on stage with The Who though.

Hi Koos - I don't snore! I fart in my sleep. Thanks for posting the pics - meant to say that before. V cool.

To all other bloggers that have left a message and have had no response.... chin up and keep hitting me! Eventually I'll get the message. Remember, I am a slow boy with half a brain from London on a computer that keeps crashing. You are ALL important to me (that includes you Mr Tapes)

2:31 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

Hey! I have been searching....did I overlook it? Or are you saying that what you wrote at my place gave you an idea for a new song? ;)

3:16 PM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Wearing a Casbah Club shirt at Who gigs? - think I may join you there Si!

3:21 PM  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

Hi Simon!
Ok I'm confused which message was that?
Are you sure it was me or the other Sue?
Anyway - I do get depressed, but I don't let it get the best of me. I've just had a hard year (I'm sure everyone is sick of hearing about it by now) I lost my mom a year ago, and now my dad has cancer and isn't doing well.
Music, family and friends keep me going!
Thank you for caring though Simon. You seem very very happy - I'm glad.
Love,
Sue

4:06 PM  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

oh now I remember! Yeah - my mind.
hee hee.
Well, as I was saying my mind isn't what it used to be - my short term memory is really shot, thanks to a certain recreational substance!
hmmm...
I guess I just proved that once again!
I'm sure other people here can relate.

4:18 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

Okay, okay. I put it up. Still not terribly fond of it though. *overly dramatic* I'm doing this for the band!!

*grin*

If you've got a second, come over to my blog and take a peek at the artwork that Ian Gordon did for me. I was rather cheeky and requested a piece on his blog. I was shocked when I actually got one! :D

Jack

4:40 PM  
Blogger Steve H said...

Thanks Simon - I've gone and ordered the Full-drive 2.

Can I ask another question - what amplification do you favour? I've always used Marshall but am in the market for a new 100 watt combo.

Thanks!

SteveH

p.s. Can't get When She Sleeps out of my head!!

4:56 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Even if I wasn't the "Sue" you meant. I am so, so happy to hear that the DVD will be available.
I was one of the unfortunate subscribers WHO didn't get to see the show.

XO to you
Sue (the only other Sue, beside Suesjoy, & proud to be in her company)

5:35 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hey Lee Ann - It worked! I have written a new song called, Man In Me... It's fast and the lyric goes something like:

You are everything I want
You're everything I need
You are everything
Love is calling

The moon up in the sky
Then the tide will rise
It was meant to be
Stars are falling

All under the same sun
There is only one
And you do for me
All this feeling

I need a girl like you
To bring it out in me
You can set me free
Love is calling, Stars are falling

It takes a girl like you to bring it out!

Bringing out the man in me"!
Bringing out the man in me"! etc.


Nice one Paul - now how do you update lyrics on myspace music once you've already posted a few lines? Is it possible to go back and edit or not? I can't find it if it is poss. Driving me crazy!

Hey Sue - I think that those 'certain recreational substances' cause long term problems in the brain. But hey, don't worry, be happy! Like me... Wahay!

Nice one Jack - Gotta keep the band happy ;-) By the way, that's a very pretty blog pic you've got there!

I like the Fender Hot Rod amps Steve - 100 watt is bloody loud though.

Was talking to other Sue but I'm talking to YOU now Sue.

I'm off to bed - have some dreaming to do.........

6:00 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

Simon, I know you wrote that one about me...*giggle*
Really it sounds beautiful, I cannot wait to hear you singing it. That is so cool, the lyrics....All under the same sun. I often look at the moon and think how we all (you, me...everyone) looks at that very same moon, sometimes at the very same moment. I haven't told many people that, thought they might think I am a bit strange. Your lyrics reminded me of that.
Beautiful!

6:44 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

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6:46 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Hey Simon, so what is your myspace link?

I was watching this JBL rehearsal performance of you guys from 2002 at work today. Sadly, I think it was from only a short time before John had left us. But saw you rockin out on "Who are You" - Always a treat. I love my job for the fact that I get to watch you boys do your thing for hours on end. :o)

I really hope I get to see you all live this summer. I will be so sad if Ticketmaster screws me or any of the rest of us out of getting to go.

Much love,
Sarah

6:49 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Oh, and PS - you're quite attractive.

6:49 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

Why thankyou! Now YOU need to put up a blog picture... preferably without a hat. *grin*

I agree with Sarah, you are quite attractive. So let's get that attractive mug up here. :)

Jack

7:16 PM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

Simon;

Maybe that Mac needs a smashing. I like Mac's as an OS, but have never considered buying one because when I got more into computers (I go back to the Commodore 64 days, when 1K of memory made you king, using it for ham radio 1200 baud packet applications. I didn't invent the internet, but I was sending email as far back as 1984. We used them for civil defense / emergency management purposes of course chat room applications but we used the local SUNY - Uni of Buffalo internet link to get back to the State EMO in Albany. Ahhh those were the daze!!) there was just the Apple II and when Macs came about, software was not as available as it might be now.

Have you considered a PC with Linux?
No Microsleuth drivers and GUI's to worry about and Linux is FREE!

Do a Keith Moon and chuck it out the window!

:)

8:31 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

Real Life?... who needs it! ...as she tosses her work aside!
I'll take this fantasy ANY day!

Hmmm, had a very nice dream a few weeks ago!

Oh happy day!... "Simon Townshend is" arrived in my post today.
It's playing right now - brilliant! Love the pic on the back! A little sad perhaps, maybe melancholy - makes me want to put the sparkle back.

Raised/Next Fly, I'm the Answer and Venustraphobia on heavy rotation presently. :-) Can't wait to hear the new song!

Lee Ann I agree with you - I've thought about people looking at the moon at the same time, so there - your not strange!

Si, about the farts - if your lactose intolerant there are pills for that! Might stay away from beans and cabbage as well - Just a suggestion mate! ;-)

8:44 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

Simon, I noticed in many of your lyrics there are words such as Free, Fly, Rain (or subjects of rain). Are these all metaphors for a feeling of being trapped inside a body half conscious but still knowing there is so much more to you?

11:54 PM  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

Replied back to you over on my blog. Excited to see you in the Chat.

EVERYONE is welcome to join. This Sunday, 2pm Mountain time (my time) 9PM London/UK Time. Simon will be there as well as a few other artists and all the blogger buddies from In the Attic following as well as other personal blogging buddies and friends of mine. See you there! Links on my blog.

XX-Molly

11:55 PM  
Blogger Seychelle said...

Lovely Simon, I showed you mine...now you show me yours!

2:14 AM  
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4:39 AM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Lyrics are beautious.
I can't wait to hear the melody.

XO
Sue

6:14 AM  
Blogger tony lowe said...

Hi Simon,
Rock god?? Hahaha! I'll try and live up to that one. Great lyric on the new song mate. Keep em coming.

Hi Alecia,
Thanks for using my music and giving me a mention. Much appreciated.

Hi everyone else. Keep clicking Casbah Club at IAC. Let's get em a top five.

Tone

7:29 AM  
Blogger AndyW said...

Cool lyric Simon.

I really like this section:
"It takes a girl like you to bring it out!

Bringing out the man in me!
Bringing out the man in me!"

Can't wait to hear this.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Kid Ric said...

Hi Simon,

That will be great.

9:00 pm London time for the chat Sunday. No special passwords. Just go to Molly's blog and click on the coffee cup. Fill in your "SimonT" click chat and enter the room.

Peace, love and light to you my friend.

Ric

8:26 AM  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

Hi Simon-
I forgot to mention that I really enjoyed Alicia's "arthouse-like" video of you, and the strumming clip is just gorgeous.
Take care,
Sue
(Singing the happy happy joy joy song)

10:12 AM  
Blogger Steve H said...

Thanks for the info re: your gear Simon.

Starting out playing with another band at the weekend who's influences are The Who, Small Faces and Paul Weller - sounds interesting - I'll let you know how it goes!

If you get a chance, have a listen to some tracks on my blog just recorded with my current band - that's me playing my Rickenbacker!!!

SteveH

10:40 AM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Just blogged my top 5 tunes at the moment.........you're in there Si - Girl In New York, what a beautiful melody.

If anyone fancies coming over and telling me how bad my taste is, or fancies sharing their top 5...that's why we're here!!

Paul

1:08 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

I've agreed to be Simon's chat stand in if he has to run off and get his sex change.

;-)

2:05 PM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Cheers for dropping by my blog Si -I think Ian McNabb is a genius - some of his tunes are amazing. I'm sure he'd probably pop along if you play anywhere up our neck of the woods.

Noticed you detuning to play 'Save Me From Me' earlier in the year - any clues to the tuning used???

2:26 PM  
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2:31 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hi Paul - Tune G to A. That is the secret to Save Me From Me.

Hi Sarah - myspace.com/casbahclub for those who wanna visit (you already made friends)

Thanks for the advice on the Apple Jim - very funny actually! And amazing to think how tiny the memory in a Commodore 64 actually was - something like 64 meg??

Good question Alecia - I don't know! Maybe I ought to see a shrink. I have a fear of heights and closed in spaces. On the subject of farting... I NEVER do that! Oh, your request for an mp3 of Experience... I'll see if I can post one somewhere. Glad you like the song - a personal favourite of mine that seems to go unnoticed.

So.... I'm around for an hour or so.... just bloggin'!

2:53 PM  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

Simon, i brought both simontownsendis and 'among us' im dying to ask- why the picture on the inside of the sleeve of among us? who are all those people?! I love ecstacy heaven and went though exactly the same eperience for a while- great subject , my fave singalong tune- do the melodies come first or the chords? thanks simon

Best wishes

Neil

4:33 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hi Neil - I'm off to bed now... but very briefly, the cover of Among Us is all my friends gathered outside my house. We thought it would be an amazing concept. Glad you rate Ecstasy Heaven - I'm proud of that one. Words and melody first? it varies but mainly a hook line with a melody first. It is always easy to write a song if you know what it is you want to say before you start. The best songs come quickly.

4:49 PM  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

Brilliant thanks simon, your a star, all your friends eh? blimey there would be 3 people standing there if it was me and one of them would be my mum! lol goodnight mate, very interesting answers

4:57 PM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

simont - I find that taking a computer that will never work like it used to and trashing it, by any means possible (fire, target practice, etc..) ends up being much more soothing in the long run as opposed to having a complete mental breakdown trying to fix it only to have it break down again. It's like a car, they don't last forever. I would however, remove the hard drives contents and COMPLETELY obliterate the hard drive as there are plenty of fiends who can still extract data from it (as I imagine you are aware). Hard drives produce neat colors when tossed into campfires.

sarah - I read your profile along with your FBI dossier and DNA results (just kidding... hehehe)and you are extremely lucky your interning on that Who biography project. That will look excellent on your resume. I am looking forward to seeing that movie. You have a good career path ahead of you. If you can't get a job in films, definitely consider television as the fields are somewhat similar. You also seemed pretty happy getting the reply from Pete. The closest I got to Pete was in 1980 when The Who played in Toronto's Exhibition Stadium to a crowd of 78,000. I was 14 and I won the tix over a local radio station by answering a question 40 others before me couldn't answer. The seats we had were terrible, so I snuck underneath people and found meself 50 ft from the stage. Pete thinks Ipods are dangerous?? How about Hiwatts? That was deafning!


Oh what a day off.... went stove shopping today. My gas stove expired yesterday when I came home and smelled natural gas, so like any good firefighter would do I lit a match to see if it was safe to enter the house (and it was) so we're down about 300 bux.

5:01 PM  
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6:07 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

sarah - I read your profile along with your FBI dossier and DNA results (just kidding... hehehe)and you are extremely lucky your interning on that Who biography project. That will look excellent on your resume. I am looking forward to seeing that movie. You have a good career path ahead of you. If you can't get a job in films, definitely consider television as the fields are somewhat similar. You also seemed pretty happy getting the reply from Pete.

Hi Jim! Yeah, I feel pretty lucky for becoming a part of this Who project. It's coming along well, I think you'll enjoy it. I am mostly interested in film for screenwriting, but what I would really like to do is something where I can incorporate both music and film...possibly something like what I'm doing now (music documentaries), or even music videos. --And yeah, I was pretty excited at the time about that Pete response, mainly because I'm a big geek. :o)

Simon - Thanks for your response. You seem very cool, especially for talking with your fans like this - it just makes me want to give you a big hug. :o)

Goodnight everyone!

6:11 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

PS - Simon, I so rarely go to Starbucks...haven't tried the mocha. I need to start branching out on my flavors.

6:25 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

I'm finding some stuff now... your tunes aren't so lonley any more. They are still the best out of the heap, though. :)

Jack

7:14 PM  
Blogger fluorescein said...

Alecia,

It's about time some more songs were added to the website. I'll see about putting the Experience mp3 up at simontownshend.com
(great song btw!!)

Keep the songs rolling upwards at IAC!

-Bill

7:35 PM  
Blogger John Sullivan said...

The bass line on 'Any Way She Moves' does makes me think of The Jam and The Beatles. Good company!

--Sully

7:41 PM  
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8:15 PM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Hi Simon,

Ian McNabb wants to get in touch and has aked if you have a contact email address. I'm on pcbruns@yahoo.co.uk.

Paul

3:45 AM  
Blogger SimonT said...

hi paul - Great. Ian can contact me at simont@casbahclub.co.uk I would love to hear from him.

4:39 AM  
Blogger BigWhoFan said...

Hey Simon -

I just read a review of Tommy/Quadrophenia on dvd.ign.com, and there's a quite amusing error listing you as Pete's son, not his brother. Great review though, but I did manage to suggest the change to the author. Check it out: http://dvd.ign.com/articles/678/678643p1.html

Hope you had a great holiday, and I'm sure it's probably about time to get ready for some shows, eh? Good luck, and hopefully I'll be seeing you all stateside this year.

-Ryan

5:39 AM  
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8:04 AM  
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10:42 AM  
Blogger TheStLouieWhoie said...

First time on your blog Simon. Geez, there is simply not enough hours in the day to keep up with the bloggin'! It looks like I have lots of catching up to do on your blog;).

I'm so happy to hear that you will possibly supporting The Who on tour!

Love, Denise

11:42 AM  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

hi simon, how do you find working with foxy? ive always been a big fan of his and i think hes a terribly underated bassist and vocalist, whats he like is he cool? Thanks Si,

1:01 PM  
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6:29 PM  
Blogger Mike & his beer in Elyria said...

Si

Looking forward to getting the Casbah CD...

About 4 years ago I asked when and if your debut album would ever be available on CD. I recall you telling me there were some hang-ups.

Will it ever come to be?? Its kind of hard to install a turn table in my auto...and I'm not sure how well it would respond to the bumps. :-)

6:30 PM  

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