Friday, January 06, 2006

Bare...?

You tell me! I named the song after the album title, Bare Bodies Bare Assets - infact written nearly an entire year after the acoustic collection was released in 2000. The front cover shot was of a seedy XXX strip joint in Chicago so I went 'Half Nekkid' to continue the theme - music stripped down to its bare bones... an acoustic guitar and voice! I always wondered whether listeners thought I was singing 'Arses' instead of 'Assets', so when it was recently mistaken for 'Essence' I thought it may be a good compromise. What do you think?

144 Comments:

Blogger SimonT said...

I think it is obscene!

3:38 PM  
Blogger Steve H said...

absolutely disgusting - I'm going to take my blogging elsewhere!!

Steve

3:55 PM  
Blogger Steve H said...

only kidding

3:59 PM  
Blogger paul B said...

:/

Paul

4:01 PM  
Blogger psychedelic butterfly said...

hey si
ummmm . . . not sure what to say . . . . . it would probably come out wrong if i said anything.
x
p.s. thanks for the add on myspace ;)

4:12 PM  
Blogger E.L. Wisty said...

Cover shot, is that? Not sure if I got it right. Reminds me of U2 with Achtung Baby actually. They were going to put a full frontal nekkid photo of Adam Clayton on the cover and call the album Adam. Would have been interested. Oh well. In the end they just included the photo in the montage in the inside cover of the booklet.

4:19 PM  
Blogger E.L. Wisty said...

Interesting, even.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

I think a woman would be a better judge Simon.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

....I'm sorry what was the question again? ;-)

Ann

4:33 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

::jaw dropped::

Hot.

4:51 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Oh...........my..........

"Speechless in NY"

4:57 PM  
Blogger fluorescein said...

Hello Simon,

You consider an S&M joint in downtown Chicago seedy? Hmmm...

We need to ask but I believe Bob still has a frequent users card for there!

-Bill

The CD and song are great.

5:07 PM  
Blogger paul B said...

have fun replying to these comments Simon!!! :)

5:14 PM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

WHen I played Ice Hockey in high school, out rookie hazing was throwing the rookies when they were showering out onto the ice with their birthday suit on naturally. Sometimes the crowd coming in to see the next game got a kick out of it.

Ahhh we had fun... but at least we didn't fart.

5:17 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

Well... wow. Now that is what I'd call high art!

(...and not even a glimpse of a hat. My year has been made, thankyou. *grin*)

Jack

5:33 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

oops, silly me. I came here again, by accident. Of course.

5:36 PM  
Blogger ginab said...

I think it's funny you're looking down.

Arses, Essence, Assets. The essences of an arse's assets...

Bare obscenities?

Probably, you'll need to show us.

-g+bb

5:43 PM  
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5:51 PM  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

Honestly! ROFL Love it!!

I have to admit before I am called out on this by all the bloggers in my chat. I was trying to explain to them this pic of you one time so I posted it during an ITA show and then unposted it right away just so they could see. Scanned in my album cover. So for some who have seen mine this is official...you heard it from the man, he is half nekkid!

Actually today is Full Frontal Friday...bring it on Si!

X-Molly

6:22 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Good lord.. how many situps did that take?

6:33 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

NICE!
So are you going to join me in being Half-Nekkid on Thursdays?
Love it ;)
Love the new song...can't wait to hear you sing it!

7:08 PM  
Blogger Vendelascity said...

Meow! and Woof!!!!

7:15 PM  
Blogger Chris Capp said...

Good on ya, Simon! Someone's been resisting the mince pie!

If you've got it, flaunt it.

Artful shot, actually.

7:18 PM  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

simon thats it! ive asked you before to not use my body photos to attach your head to for these pictures it not on!!

7:31 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

Body temp just went up 20 degrees and still holding.

My girlfriend Kris just witnessed me run to open a window! HELP! Somebody get me a doctor! __O I've fainted again!

7:48 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Did I come back here again? :p

(How's the hit counter doing?)

8:27 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

It's a great shot Simon.I say it's
a keeper.

1:21 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

Nice work Simon :) I am certain Buck will love it...ay Jeff?

Ron

2:02 AM  
Blogger E.L. Wisty said...

Ehm, I just came back here to check on the other comments. Yes. Definitely...

2:20 AM  
Blogger James Casey said...

Well it's not very often I spend ages staring at the naked torso of a man trying to decide what I think about it.

At the very least it's eye-catching. I'd also call it artistic. Both are good.

And you are disgustingly well-toned.

2:47 AM  
Blogger Marietta said...

You should be ashamed of yourselves, all of you!

(now, how do I make this my wallpaper? And I don't mean on my computer, LOL)

xoxoxo
M

3:55 AM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Looks like a balding Ron Jeremy - You've put me off my Cornflakes Si.

4:07 AM  
Blogger Lucky Buck said...

I was disappointed with the shot. If you're going to go that far, why not show us your dick?

Buck

7:09 AM  
Blogger Kenny said...

Cover shot looks as though you've had second thoughts about going for the 'sex change'.

Great album, I got it when it was first released. Wasn't there a VHS video to accompany it ?

Kenny Freed

7:35 AM  
Blogger Alecia said...

A very fine asset it is.
Bring out the man and the essence I say!

7:37 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Love the photo. Love the CD. :-)

Hmmm I always knew it was "bare assets" you were singing but "bare asses" works nicely too. ;-P

8:06 AM  
Blogger Lin said...

Who's the photographer? The picture is not centered! Matter of fact, the subject is not inside the frame!

9:31 AM  
Blogger Delbut said...

Simon, i've reported you and all the lady bloggers who went: wow, cor,jeez etc and the bloke who loved it, to some internet watch group or other. I am absolutely appalled at the level of smut on this blog. BTW, call that a chest? i've seen smaller breasts on the cover of, Big and Bouncy magazine.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Johanna in Vista said...

Simon!!!

Oh my GOSH!!!

I LOVE IT!!!!

Can you move the picture down 'bout a foot or so???

I like it...very much.

Got my signed cd and t-shirt too.

I love your bare assets :)

Love,
Johanna

10:08 AM  
Blogger Delbut said...

A foot? 2inches will do it!

only loking Si.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

i'd go with 'bare arses'...might need some different cover art.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Mark T said...

Hi Simon, so what's the secret to a flat stomach? I'm trying to lose my stomach. There again who wants a six pack when you can have a barrel!! Mark

12:51 PM  
Blogger Bblayla said...

Simon Simon Simon

having trouble writing down thoughts....mind is distracted for some reason.

Boy it is warm in here.....

Belinda

1:14 PM  
Blogger Bblayla said...

Santa brought me a copy of Bare Assets--would you mind signing it?
I promise you won't find it for sale on Ebay

Belinda

1:21 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Just stopping by for another fix of the hotness.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

Lovely photo Simon ;)

2:20 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hi. Loads of comments, some good, some bad(ish) and some funny. Good reaction to the blog. I'll post the bottom half next week ;-)

That Simont is really turned off. Who is he anyway?

Steve h was joking, thank gawd - he's one of the regular bloggers!

PaulB says to have fun replying to these comments, so I'm trying...

Miss Butterfly, your reaction confused me the most? Hope I didn't upset you... I know you're young but... it's only a bare body!

e.l.wisty - it's a back sleeve shot for an album stripped to bare essentials, an acoustic and voice.

Jim's right - the women started to cheer me up...

Ann - the question actually was (and I know you're kidding but here's a chance to reiterate) is the song best called Bare Assets or Bare Essence?

Seychelle - Thanks so much! The word!

Hi Sarah - I'm very hot!

Izy - Your accidental second visit made me laugh. Glad you like pic.


Bill - No, it's not seedy really! Bob often takes me there to help carry his bag (of toys) when he's working.

Jim - I DON'T FART! (much)

Hi Jack - Oh yes! Hatless at last. Glad you approve. And hits are rising as well as temperatures.

Ginab - that was brilliant! The essences of an arse's assets! Love it girl!

Hi Kelley - Hope you get plenty of support form my fellow bloggers!

Hi Molly - Being a ballerina I'm sure you are not phased by this at all - all those naked bodies backstage. Let's leave it at Half Nekkid Thursday... don't want to get me carried away.... by the web police.

Hi Gary - no sit-ups and no beer.

I would love to Lee Ann. I would love to.

Vendela - Meow! Woof!!! Love your blog pic - you have a great body!

Chris - I did eat a few dozen mince pies but just never seem to put on any weight.

Nice one Neil! You spotted my trickery.

Hi Alecia - I guess you're bias towards 'Essence'. Have to get a few more votes in.

Thanks Mike - And Ron, you were right about Buck... don't think he liked it :-(

Cheers James - I suppose I am, yes.

Marietta - Wallpaper? Don't forget royalties if you use my image ;-)

Paulblpool - Bald Ron Jeremy? I'm not bald! I'm bald... ing.

Sorry Buck - as I said earlier, a concept idea that needed to go as far as it did to make the point. Any further and it would have been porn.

Hi Kenny - There was a VHS live from Arlene's Grocery, NYC, I believe. Good to know you have the CD.

Elaine likes 'arses'.... by that, I mean the song lyric, I mean... oh damn! Sounds a bit rude doesn't it!

Hi Lin - I took the photo on timer, hence it being off centre.

Johanna votes for my bare assets and wants me to move the frame down a very optimisti 1 foot. Delbut pitches in with another optimistic request of 2 inches.... What do you think I am, a stud?

Justin - Can I borrow from your private collection? Ha!

Mark t - No secret - just don't eat.

You again Seychelle - Helloooo!

Hi Belinda - I love to leave a mark on your bare assets!

...and you again Sarah.... this is fun!

Thanks Kara - Glad you like pic.

Thanks everyone for 'bearing' with me - been fun!

5:08 PM  
Blogger psychedelic butterfly said...

hey si
i didn't mean anything like that, seems its come out wrong that i didnt say anything lol. i think its a really cool pic, very arty indeed! considering i do life drawing a bare body doesnt phase me at all. just didnt want it to sound strange that i liked it ;)
x

5:19 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

me too *blushing*

7:44 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Glad you thought it was funny Si.
If you have site meter, I am "busted".

See ya, Mr. Buff!

Sue
XO

Hey, now you know how Pam Anderson feels, eh?

10:00 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

It was and is a brilliant idea. Never mind some of the posts from the blokes.. they are just jealous! LOL.

Anyone in need of cheering up can go see a film on my grand pups born two days ago!

http://aleciajensen.blogspot.com

10:16 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Si,

Actually,when Buck makes a comment
like that,it means he likes the shot.

I could be wrong.LOL!

2:26 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...

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2:26 AM  
Blogger Lucky Buck said...

Simon, I didn't say that I didn't like it. I said I was disappointed. Don't mind me, I'm strange. ;-)

Full CD and US tour, please. Dress it up however you like. :-)

Buck

5:08 AM  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

Half Nekkid Nothing.....I say long live full frontal friday and just call me the web police!

See you at the chat. I will give you notice before it starts to remind you.

Started you a Fan Map...EVERYONE GO SIGN IT NOW.....

5:28 AM  
Blogger Alecia said...

"Until Tomarrow" - has a nearly haunting feeling and its the next favorite of mine from the "Simon Townshend is" CD.

Glad to be brightened up with I am the Answer as the next track.

Beautiful CD all around.
Keep up the great work!

7:32 AM  
Blogger Lucky Buck said...

A question for you Simon: How much guitar did Zak Starkey actually play on "Ecstasy Heaven"?

And, I wanted to be sure my little SiTribute was seen http://buckingblog.blogspot.com/2005/10/whysi.html
Check it out.

8:58 AM  
Blogger E.L. Wisty said...

Hi Simon,

Apologies if you have answered this elsewhere. Being new to your work, I'm a bit ignorant. Just popped Simontownshendis, which is truly a great collection, in the stereo. I was curious: where are the few live tracks from (venues, dates) - The Way It Is, Highness and Time The Healer? I couldn't see any information in the cd itself nor could find any immediately on the net.

Would definitely be fantastic if you decided to release a full-length live album "trad" on cd!

8:59 AM  
Blogger Princess Lo said...

love it, love it, love it!!!

9:28 AM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

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9:35 AM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Put your clothes back on you dirty little ticket.

Just a query on the CC album which is already recorded - assuming the 5 tracks from the EP are going to be on it, are there any more of your existing tunes gonna be on there?

There's some fantastic stuff such as 'Flying' and 'This Is Our Time' but I would think it would be hard to re-create the vibe of those original recordings.

Paul

9:36 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

Wow two nice surprises, obviously this photo, which I think is beautiful, it exposes both your physical being and your artistic being. You say no sit ups, either your a liar or your gene pool is even deeper then I thought! That's OK I do enough sit ups for both of us and I still don't have abs like that but you didn't give birth to 4 children either! Don't worry about the negative comments, just jealousy rearing its ugly head!

Second surprise, you stopped by my blog, thanks! You are welcomed to come back any time. Let me know you're coming, I'll make tea!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Mike K said...

Hey Si,

I came across some pics we took of you back from your tour in '97. They are from the following gigs:

Sam Goody in store gig (NYC), Mercury Lounge (NYC), The Lone Star Bar (Philly), Stephen Talkhouse (Long Island, NY), The Saint (Asbury Park, NJ), House of Blues (Boston), Arlene Grocery (NYC), etc...

Let me know if you'd like me to send you some copies!

Take care,

-Mike K.

12:32 PM  
Blogger PTfan said...

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1:35 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

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1:39 PM  
Blogger PTfan said...

Alright Si. I had a long response here, all about your bod, but I erased that and started over. Dang. I remember that picture from your old web site. A month or so ago I was going to ask you about that pic and to re-post it, but I was being good and did NOT. But look. It shows up anyway. What? You reading my mind or something?

Enough of that. I gotta be good.. Geez man. Start talking Half Nekkid stuff to your wife. Shew. I'm going to go talking some Half Nekkid to my man!

Anyways. What question? Oh. Essence is a good word.

1:42 PM  
Blogger diane said...

Great shot, Si.

I was also wondering if you could give us your link on MySpace - I think I read recently that you've started up a site there, and I'd like to link you onto mine so I can try to help promote your work, but I couldn't find a link mentioned on this site anywhere. (And I searched MySpace and couldn't find you.)

A friend of mine's in an indie band and she said that MySpace is an absolute must for bands these days.

Thanks!

2:06 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Diane, Simon's myspace site is here: http://myspace.com/casbahclub

2:52 PM  
Blogger fluorescein said...

Diane:

www.myspace.com/casbahclub

2:52 PM  
Blogger Bri said...

More, pleas! I would like the rear view next, as long as you are interested in pleasing your bloggers. There's a good boy!

Smiling,
Brina

3:08 PM  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

:o

( didn't see this until nowlol)

3:18 PM  
Blogger Anne-Marie said...

Well, no wonder you were so quiet in the chat room. With a picture like that, you don't need to say a thing.

Thanks for hanging out with us. It was great fun!

Cheers,
Anne-Marie

3:24 PM  
Blogger Fine In My Sky said...

Hi Simon,

Love the picture. It's honest, and the concept works well.

Thank you for adding me on MySpace, too!

Will all your California fans see you this summer? I hope so! :-)

-Natalie in CA
"italiana" on MySpace

4:11 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Simon - Mikey's MySpace is located at:

http://www.myspace.com/mikeycuthbert

It's still processing the uploaded songs, but he'll have 4 in rotation:

Plastercine
Tourist
Feel My Heat
Wanting

Would appreciate it if you could link to him and start spreading the word.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Tausha71979 said...

Hello Simon,

First time I'm visiting your blog, & I have to say I like the opening photo...hmm...Nice to meet you in the chat today. Take Care

Tausha

5:47 PM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

Very pleasant chat Simon. It seemed like you couldn't keep up. Like a tsunami on a beach. Nice to have met your acquaintance.

6:25 PM  
Blogger diane said...

sara beth and fluorscein -

thanks so much for the myspace link!

7:43 PM  
Blogger ginab said...

Awe, shucks Si.

8:11 PM  
Blogger Bblayla said...

Simon -thank you
So generous of you to share your time with us today --the typing was fast and furious --hard to keep up sometimes, but was a lot of fun. I love talking with people who share my same passions--it blows my mind sometimes to think of all the people I "know" around the world--brought together because of In the Attic! Simply Amazing.

I hope you can feel all the love and support that is here for you--don't ever doubt it--it is real and true.

Take care
Belinda

8:43 PM  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

I think you deserve a bloggie for this post alone.
It does look like you are meditating on...something! What is your mantra?? :0
I'm not feeling blue anymore! hee hee.

Simon, after you left the chat everyone else bailed.
(I think you and Mikey left about the same time).
Thanks for being there!

8:47 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I think it's hot. Nicely done.

6:46 AM  
Blogger James Casey said...

Of course, the question is, what's the picture on the back of the album?

8:51 AM  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

Simon, still listening to simontownsendis- track of the moment is soul searching, the hook is that bit ''theres a million ways....'' i love it i wondered, you know how songs grow on you? do you know a hook the minute you write it or does it have to gtow on you too?

9:49 AM  
Blogger Steve H said...

Hi Simon

Just wondering how often you meet up with Bruce and Mark when you're not actively gigging or recording. Do you have a regular rehearsal slot to work on new material etc?

Thanks

SteveH

1:35 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hi Buck -Zak played the slide guitar instrumental in the middle, about 2 bars long.... but it means a lot to me and the overall result. Wierd how such little things can make all the difference, eh! By the way, Zak is a wicked guitarist.

e.l.wisty - I've always wanted to release a 'Comes Alive' type live CD with all my best songs. You never know, may be doable this year sometime depending on the crowd reactions along the way. I think band live recordings are from Astoria show (whole gig available for free download on www.simontownshend.com) and Time The Healer is from House Of Blues, Boston. All around year 2000... I think.

Nice reaction from a princess! I'm very flattered.

Hi Paul - Flying may not make it on but Our Time is recorded and sounds great. I used the original track and just reworked bits of it. If you like that original version you will LOVE the new one.

Hi Natalie - I'll be there in the summer - for sure!

Hi Tausha - welcome to my world! Fancy a cuppa!

Know what you mean Belinda!

Sue - I have a mantra! Until Tomorrow, until the next time, until whenever, I'll wait forever!

Jessica - It's a 'hot-shot'!

Hi James - that IS the picture on the back of the album. I think you need to buy it, available at www.simontow...etc ;-)

Hi Neil - I guess you know pretty quickly if a hook is strong. I always think that if you write something and find yourself singing it a week later.... you're onto something. If you write something but can't remember how it goes the next day and have to get out the dictaphone to listen back... you're on a loser! Not always true but generally so.

Hi Steve H - Not really regular rehearsal slots but when we work we really do work. I spoke to them both today to arrange rehearsals for last week of Jan as we are recording in Feb. I am going to demo my rough ideas between now and then which we can develop together in rehearsal.

Thanks everyone else for the comments... some really funny stuff there as usual which I don't reply to but enjoy receiving. Stay in touch.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

NUMBER ONE ON IAC POP/ROCK/INDIE CHART!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

6:02 PM  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

Way 2 go Simon!
That Sex Change is a catchy number.
I like your mantra! It's mysterious though - maybe I need to listen more carefully to the lyrics.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

So what have you decided Simon?

ASSETS or ESSENCE?

...or are you going to keep us in suspense. I don't mind, I'm still floating in mid air.

10:52 PM  
Blogger enviado celeste said...

!COME TO ARGENTINA WITH THW WHO MAN!

!GREETINGS!

3:53 AM  
Blogger Lucky Buck said...

Simon, Thanks for the scoop about Zak's guitar on "Ecstasy Heaven". This is my favorite song of yours. I had always pictured him doing the opening chord as a bit of a goof.

Buck

6:26 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...

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6:34 AM  
Blogger Andraste said...

See now? This is why I have to check this site more often.

*whistles*

Nice pecs.

Think I'll go home, see what the husband's doing...

6:43 AM  
Blogger Lucky Buck said...

Just listening to this song again whilst looking at this photo...a thought occurs. In the photo, Simon is clearlyu looking "down to my bone". I love it when I finally get the art of these things. :-P

Buck

6:49 AM  
Blogger Alecia said...

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7:50 AM  
Blogger Steve H said...

Hi Simon

Thanks for that. Wondered if you had a contact address/email for Bruce? I was such a Jam fan when I was younger (and still love them) I would have killed to have met him. Met Rick Buckler once and have seen Paul Weller live a fair amount but not Bruce so looking forward sooo much to seeing Casbah Club this year . .

SteveH

11:10 AM  
Blogger Gigi NYC said...

Si,

I just added myself to your map. I put of a great picture of you and moi. Come on people lets get your names on the ST map so we know where you are.

XOGigi

11:37 AM  
Blogger fluorescein said...

Simon,

There has been some debating going on, especially among the women, that the reason the picture stops where it does is that your bollocks have been rocked off.

Any truth to the rumor? ;>)

1:03 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

LOVE the pic of GIGI and SI!

Added me to your map, too!

No need to hurry and take this post down, btw.
(wink, wink)

Susie, so as not to be confused with my friend Sue.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

Simon, It's not long until Thursday! ;)

8:00 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

Simon, I see on the myspace website that Casbah Club have a gig listed at Bisley Hall London, any more details on this and where can we buy tickets?

Ron

1:35 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Updated:

Ok Buck,ladies,gentlemen and even hermaphrodites!I have half-nekkid
Simon pics up now and Zak get's
stalked by my brother,friend Rob
and myself.Shameful :)

http://lowgens02.blogspot.com/

7:22 AM  
Blogger Alecia said...

OMG!!! - Tony Lowe has some beautiful peices on the IAC charts too! and all 4 CC songs in the top 20 "All genres"

"GOLD" is MY new mantra. I'm going to have to put that up with my new blog post! There is so much good heart felt music from the two of you! Thank you Simon and thank you Tony! It's really helping me with some concepts I already knew but just needed the finishing touches on.

I am thinking you are right Simon - Tony is a true Rock GOD!

http://independentartistscompany.com/artist.aspx?ID=28133

Check it out people and give a shout. I don't feel alone, but I kind of look it over there. :-(

7:45 AM  
Blogger whorocks said...

Simon,
as much as we all appreciate the pic, especially the ladies of course, I was wondering if you have anything more current to show us? After all, that was what ... 5 years ago or so? Don't be a shy guy Si - show us the 2006 version.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Joe Lewinski said...

Simon,

Please excuse this post under this topic thread. I haven't quite figured out how to start a new topic yet.

Is it possible to obtain the tuning and tab to The Way It Is. I wish to
only perform it for friends and family.

If not a full tab, perhaps just the tuning and basic chord progression.

I recently caught your performance at The Basement Jam, and I really thought your stripped-down version of TWII song in that setting was really spectacular.

Thank you and warm regards,

Joe

9:17 AM  
Blogger Marietta said...

Hmmm! I had connection problems for three days after the BG chat -what fun! thanks for showing up Simon :) - and I come back and what do I see? The picture is still there!

Can you imagine me going to Homebase with a printout (we'll contact you for your royalties)and telling them:
"I want THAT!"
LOL!!!!!

Anyway, I posted an article on my blog that bashes on bloggers, you want to have a look and have a rant about it on my comments section? ;)

xoxoxo
M

3:40 PM  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

HELLO everyone visiting! I run the Fan Map and I need it to get running, so please be sure to sign it. There is a link over on my blog as well as a button on myspace.com created for me by Tausha you can link to (or copy if you choose to link in). Thanks.

Si-WAY TO GO #1!! Keep rockin'

X-Molly

5:54 PM  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

Hi Simon,
I think you should be more mysterious, because no one does that anymore.

6:12 PM  
Blogger John Sullivan said...

Si,

How goes? Sorry about the QUO tour. That was a bummer.

What do you think of my blog and or website? Would love to know.

--Sully

7:20 AM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hiya - I've been offline for a couple of days, having probs hooking up wireless connection!! Will be back soon..... I hope!

10:03 AM  
Blogger paul B said...

Make sure you 'encrpt' and 'MAC Filter' that wireless connection or else your connection will be "Bare"

haha

Paul B

PS I love the new myspace layout you did...

Ive been inspired to rework mine

2:09 PM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

4 hours driving from Milton Keynes to Liverpool in a crappy black car, on my own, tired, aching and trying to remember what my bed actually feels like - that's my Thursday!!!!

Good job I had some good tunes to while away the hours - Simon Townshend and a well dodgy punk compilation that I made a while back - forgot how laughable Sham '69 were!!!

Thank God for the M6 toll road!!!

When are you guys hitting the road Si?

4:29 PM  
Blogger Johanna in Vista said...

Simon,

I remember something your brother said...it went something like:

"Why did God take all the hair off my head yet gave me huge genitals?"

It was something along those lines. Probably runs in the family... :)

Johanna in Vista

7:19 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

Look at that - Tony's got No. 1 in the IAC "Misc" chart. It's really beautiful, just as the whole Shadowbird CD is!

http://independentartistscompany.com/genre_chart.aspx?Genre=Miscellaneous

8:10 AM  
Blogger Brian in Atlanta said...

Mention of Simon in an article in today's (14 Jan) Daily Record:
http://tinyurl.com/alxjy

3:36 AM  
Blogger John said...

Just now checking in after hiatus - comment #117. You clever man, you. A fine way to poll orientations and levels of interest. You are wearing a clean sock, of course.

JB

5:47 AM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Sure is quiet at the moment............

1:27 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

...everyone's gone to the pub Paul!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Why am I not at the pub? Oh, that's right, because I have to go work on a Saturday night. :o(

Si, did your computer explode?

3:27 PM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Going to the pub on a Saturday night.......what's the world coming to!

I had Paella and watched The Jerk!

4:16 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Just spent ages responding and yet another crash! Bloody annoying as I've spent ages reinstalling system files, etc. To answer your question Sarah, it didn't explode... I did!

Alecia - I need a few more votes in, plus I want to record the song... I think its destiny will decide itself somehow.

Hi Steve - I think BW has a casbahclub.co.uk mailbox. I'll check and get back to you.

Bill - It's no rumour... bollocks have been rocked off! Yours are next mate!

Ron - info on Bisley hall gig and tickets will be on promoters website this week: www.marklundquist.com

Whorocks - good point! Believe me though, I haven't changed a bit.

Joe - 'Way It Is' is in standard tuning. Song is played with one finger on one string throughout... except in the chorus' where I play basic A -B- E shapes. Very simple.

Yeah... come on you lot! Get over and sign Molly's ST fan map:
http://www.frappr.com/simontownshendfanmaphostedbyballerinagurl/

Hi John - checked out your blog. Looks cool. Will pop back and leave a message.

Hi Paul - looks like gigs start in April now. We are going to do some recording in the near future. Great film, The Jerk.

And to everyone else I am ignoring.... just trying to be mysterious ;-)

4:41 PM  
Blogger John said...

Sorry to confuse you... the "sock", usually worn by the guys in the Red Hot Chilli Peppers...used to be the only item of clothing. No other hidden meanings in the post. Maybe it is the fever.

5:04 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Please don't be mysterious. I am catching a lot of sh**t for being here. My friends, well, they don't believe this is real life. So, if you could nod, wink or otherwise point yourself in my direction, I shall cease to be the brunt of every joke.

XO
Susie

5:35 PM  
Blogger Metalchick said...

Hi Simon,
This is my first time here, since I've been commenting on your brother's blog, and I must say that this picture was a very nice surprise. I always wondered what you look like, and I must say that you are HOT! I'll definately come back.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Yay, it's muh birthday!

Simon, come back - we're missing you. :o)

7:34 AM  
Blogger SimonT said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH BETH!

11:58 AM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hi Susie - Hope ur not the brunt of every joke anymore.... this is real life!

1:21 PM  
Blogger Steve H said...

Hi Simon

Thanks - looking forward to hearing about a Bruce contact!!

Do you have any idea yet what month UK dates for the Who/Casbah tour might be (would it be spilling the beans at this stage?). I need to sort out my hols and don't want to double -book if you know what I mean!!! Our band's getting booked for dates in the summer also and I don't want to miss a thing!!

SteveH

1:29 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

You are sweet, Simon. Thank you ;)

3:15 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Si, did you get my email from a few days ago? I think your computer was on the fritz then, so I'm just checking.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

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5:37 PM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

Just saw an ebay auction where someone pulled P90 pickups from a '68 SG Pete reissue.

"http://search.ebay.com/Pete-Townshend_W0QQfromZR8QQfrtsZ50QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ1"

5:41 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Hi Si,
You're sweet.
Thank You!


(See, guys, I told you so!)

5:43 PM  
Blogger Johanna in Vista said...

I finally got my CD and shirt and both are fab!!

I put the songs on my ipod so I can listen every chance I get...and I will!!

The shirt is very, very cool too. I encourage any and all to get at the least the cd...but the shirt too if ya can!!!

Casbah Club rocks!!!

Johanna in Vista

8:01 PM  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

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8:46 PM  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

"just trying to be mysterious."

Me too, I'm in a "Bom tribute band" now.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

Made the switch to PC's in '98 - never looked back :-)

Maybe turn off all extensions and run a defragment tool?

11:20 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

ooops, forgot to say I just added simontownshendis to my all-time favorite CD's...

http://fillmysoul.blogspot.com

...it's located towards the beginning of the blog, so keep scrolling downward to favorites...

11:28 PM  
Blogger Chris Capp said...

Okay, Simon, you're hot and all, but you need a new post here. Enough with the almost nekkidness.

How 'bout some music or some more video of that amazing Townshend right hand?

Something to change the subject from, "What is he looking at?"

11:34 PM  
Blogger Dan L. said...

Simont:

I can't say I enjoy that photo, Simon. I do await you at Hollywood Bowl in 2006...if that's the plan.

Peace,


--Dan L.

2:45 AM  
Blogger SimonT said...

I'll check Sarah Beth - my computer was down for 3 days so may have missed it.

Johanna - Good to hear you finally got ur CD and t-shirt.

Question is Chris... What are YOU looking at? Oh, by the way... welcome to my world!

5:38 AM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

Question: Why isn't Any Way She Moves up on IAC?

I dig the feel. Fun. :)

Jack

11:15 AM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hi Jack - You are not the first person to ask that. I'm glad you like the song, it is a favourite of mine too. It will go up as soon as we've had sample clearance from EMI Music for the use of their published material.

11:48 AM  
Blogger TedMaloney said...

men are so friggin' ugly. I don't know how women are even tolerate us. I'm glad I'm not a woman.

No offense, Simon.

2:11 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

no offence taken Ted. I like nudity. Turns me on!

9:55 AM  

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