Monday, January 16, 2006

Raised (2000)

My old PC recently crashed for the thousandth time and I decided enough was enough. As it happened, I had long since wanted to upgrade my modem to wireless anyway (for the Apple laptop) which meant a few changes. During the long, boring cleansing process I came across a few old 'gems' hidden in the darkest corners of my back up hard-drive, a place I would rarely go as it nearly always meant a restart which on the virus-riden Windows 98 would generally take atleast ten long, tedious minutes.... you get the picture! How it still remains in one piece is beyond me as I am not known for my patience OR anger management. Anyway, deep in the far corner of this dusty old.... etc... I found this video Bob K and I made for the song, 'Raised' and I figured I'd share it with you. It is nothing mind blowing but it is nevertheless home grown and for this reason, priceless. It has shots of my kids messing around, my old home studio and the much loved family Cocker Spaniel, Splodge, intercut with bits of live footage taken at the Grape Street Pub Philadelphia in 2000 with the infamous Andy Kravitz on drums. Andy co-wrote and produced the track. If you can be bothered to do the extremely long, laborious, frustrating... etc... download, I think you may find it interesting.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 'RAISED' CLIP

127 Comments:

Blogger Dave & Corie said...

Simon,

It's always exciting to find gems like these from the past, we will check it out later tonight.

You can always post these large QuickTime files in compressed format ie: .sit for the Mac and .Zip for the PC thus saving download time for your Blog visitors.

Just a suggestion :-)

Cheers to you,

Dave & Corie...

2:24 PM  
Blogger E.L. Wisty said...

Hi Simon,

Hope things are well. Perhaps the lasts steps of that old PC weren't so glorious what with all the crashes but I hope it served well for its time.

Many thanks for this video. I for one prefer this kind of homemade style videos to the hi-tech, glitzy and sparkly ones of the type you see on MTV. A lot of them look like they forgot the human.

Maria

2:31 PM  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

NIIIIICE video simon, thanks a million for that, can i have your studio please?, actually one thing u could do for me is let us know what the chords are to ecstacy heaven because i cant work them out for the life of me, as usual simon you are a gentleman and a scholar,

2:32 PM  
Blogger psychedelic butterfly said...

hey Simon
Great video, really love the feel of it! Splodge is so cute too!
Totally know what you mean about the computer, my old one crashed for the last time about a month ago and took all my work with it. Sure it wasn’t to do with the amount of times I hit/kicked the thing when it didn’t work though :P
Charlotte x

3:02 PM  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Aw, this was so sweet! It did take a long time to download, but it was worth it.
And I vcouldn't help but notice that the version of that song that is on the website is different. Very interesting! I must admit I like the version on the website better. :) xoxoLisa

3:08 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

Musical genius? Hahaha, no. Just the child of one I'm afraid. Guilt by association?

I'm an aspiring computer genius... yes, I intend to spend the rest of my life working with the bloody things. Now if only I could get my computer back working again, I might be one step closer... :)

Jack

(I'll download this to my gmail file system and listen to it when I have some speakers... I'm currently at school. Blech.)

3:14 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

P.S.

Splodge is a brilliant name for a dog!
*grin*

3:38 PM  
Blogger fluorescein said...

Simon,

Excellent, thanks so much for sharing!!

-Bill

4:14 PM  
Blogger PTfan said...

Simon! That is a gem indeed! Man, you have adorable kids! Not as cute as mine though!!! ; ) I love that song. The video is fun, delightful and interesting. Thank you so much for sharing that with us.

I can't wait for you to come over to the states! I just have to see you live!!!! You are some kind of talent, boy oh boy. Great person.

4:23 PM  
Blogger E.L. Wisty said...

Simon,

The live bits in the video remind me...Do you have longer professionally shot video footage of your gigs over the years, or perhaps even videos of entire gigs? If so, have you considered compiling some sort of a live compilation DVD? I don't mean anything big and shiny but perhaps some kind of a limited edition thing with a homemade feel. This is not meant as idle flattery but you seem to be one of those artists who should be heard AND seen, since you have a great stage presence.

Maria

PS. I see the Messiah hasn't found his way here yet. Jesus Christ is doing the rounds in the blogs. Honestly.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

You really do have a beautiful family, Simon. :)
And btw, if you computer was going to go down, the previous entry was a good one to have to look at for awhile.
Though you are a family man, indeed!It was very sweet to see. :) xoxoxoxoLisa

4:45 PM  
Blogger PTfan said...

E.L. is right. You do have a knock out stage presence.. Just read all the stuff that we all wrote on yours and Rachels blog during and after the Basement Jam. You had us hook, line and sinker. 'nuff said!

4:52 PM  
Blogger AndyW said...

Simon,
I have HighSpeed internet and this is taking a few minutes. I'll give the kids baths then come back and watch and comment.
Cheers,
AndyW

5:02 PM  
Blogger John said...

ST -

I remember this phase quite well. I dropped in for a visit one afternoon at Andy's studio - you and I hit the Dunkin Donuts for coffee and complaining. Then Bob showed up and you mixed Raised. I actually took some digital video of that session which I am happy to burn out and send to you. I'll look around for the clips.

Best,

John

5:15 PM  
Blogger John said...

Simon:

From Max --

"Yo, howsitgoing? I thought the video was pretty weird and weird. But it was good. I liked seeing Josh and Hannah...and Splodge, even though I never met Splodge. I like how you sing and play your guitar. Nice shirt. Your boxers were showing...just kidding. See ya, Max."

From Jane:

"Hi."

From John:

"Yeesh!"

5:35 PM  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

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5:39 PM  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

Hi Simon,

from the darkest recesses of the computer one can discover some amazing quicktime movie finds.

I just posted a new movie on my blog. I'm timing yours to see which one of ours takes longest to download.....

...OK, that was really, really COOL!
very well done. I'm a big fan of the home grown movie

5:49 PM  
Blogger AndyW said...

Simon,
Love the long lost video.

I'm digging the glasses.
You need to pull those out of hibernation.

Cheers

6:06 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Being a Philly girl I have spent many a good time at the Grape Street in Manyunk. I did not know you played there but then again in 2000 I was knee deep in babies and out of the loop. Too damn bad as I would have loved to see that show. The Grape Street is still alive and kickin' so how about stopping by and playing there when you're in town with the boys! I promise I will go this time!

7:16 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

No luck trying to download the video :(
But I will try again tomorrow

Take Care :)

7:30 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

I don't know how long it took to download, I've got cable here - I could see that it was going to be a while so I put my little one to bed. I fell asleep for awhile then looked at the film. I love the graphics mixed in, interesting color and angles on shots intermixed with live ones. I really love that song as well. Beautiful family there Simon, thanks for sharing! Better luck with the computer thing, sounds like a whole new system is in order.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

Simon, I couldn't get it, I am so sad. I am sure it was wonderful.

9:15 PM  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

Simon, you sound great! Thanks for sharing that. Your family looks like they know how to have fun.

9:18 PM  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

What a fun movie Si! Great song! Will we hear that on the IAC anytime, even thought it is YOUR stuff?

X-Molly

11:13 PM  
Blogger John Sullivan said...

Si,

Do the three of you write together OR are you the primary songwriter?

Sully

12:32 AM  
Blogger Kenny said...

Great video, very arty-farty :)

Kenny Freed

8:46 AM  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Forgot to mention that i've been noticing Mark more lately - he's a great drummer! Most excellent! I love the drums in "Save Me". :)

9:23 AM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Can't get the download here Si - will keep trying.

Did Mr McNabb get in touch?

Paul

12:54 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

I can't get the download either.
Can't get one at Justin's.
"SNIFF SNIFF"

1:41 PM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

Si;

Great song, great vid.

Still to this day, I can't believe your music is not on the radio.

You may have to do something crazy for publicity.

2:02 PM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

............like borrowing one of Jim's sweaters!:)

2:12 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Download takes a long time. Called raisedqt.mov and you may have to go to 'windows' folder, open 'temporary internet files' folder then spend ages searching through all the web pages and previous downloads to find it. Or do a search!!! Or, clean cache (temporary disc space on drive C) and will make search a lot easier. Promise I'm not a computer geek... just happen to have had the same trouble when I tested the download.

2:27 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

I don't have windows. Do you know how to download with a mac computer? Please help me!

[[sue's daughter]]

cause my mom definetly does not know computers like i do...[but i still can't figure this out ;-)]

3:06 PM  
Blogger John Sullivan said...

Si,

There is a tremendous amount of truth in focusing on what is to be one's legacy. From one guitarist & songwriter to another, thanks for being profound at a critical time.

Sully

6:30 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Sue's daughter,

You will have to download the file onto your Mac and open it in a word processor. There you can delete the link that will open the file in (QuickTime I think it is) and it should play for you.

That is, if that is the problem you are having. It could be a million other things, but I'm willing to bet that's it.

What the heck is up with computers this week? Gone on strike?

Jack

7:05 PM  
Blogger Dave & Corie said...

Simon,

Use iMovie on your Mac to reduce the file size and save it as a .mov the same thing as QuickTime, it will make things easier for you in the future. If you can't get it to work I can do it for you and you can pull the finished clip off our server. Also note that your blog viewers will be able to view your clips in there web browser not as a download.

The easiest way to work reducing down the finished
size in iMovie which is an amazingly
powerful tool for the Mac other than Final Cut Pro
(the daddy of film editors) is to do the following
steps:

1). Using the import command import your film.

2). Drag it to the timeline. (this will drag the audio
and the video portions combined)

3). Export as a QuickTime film as format "web".

Alternatlively you can choose "Expert Settings" where
you can select a wide
variety of alternate formats both used on PCs and
Mac's alike.

Here are two examples of compression I created which are very
cool clips.

The first one is taken from a 380 mb file compressed
to 12.5mb
and that same file compressed to 4.5 mb both in
QuickTime .mov format

http://www.thewho-rabbit.com/1.mov

http://www.thewho-rabbit.com/001a.mov

Cheers for now,

Dave...

7:52 PM  
Blogger paul B said...

Just a word of advice...

When you go to download the file, right-click and hit 'save target as' then you can specify where to save the file and wont end up having to search Temp folders...

hope everyone is having an awesome week!!

Paul B (not to be confused with PaulBLpool)

:)

7:54 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

I'll download clip on my G4 and get back to you all. I'm sure it will work. Thanks for all the technical help and advice - much appreciated. And good luck to anyone having difficulty - if you really wanna see it, keep trying and you'll get there for sure.

Hey Neil - Ecstasy Heaven starts in regular E minor shape but tune down G to F sharp for the drone.

Hi Maria - cool idea. I intend to get loads of behind scenes footage this year and get a few more clips together - a DVD would be possible.

Hi Molly - Casbah Club recorded 'Raised' and it will be on the upcoming album.

Hi John - I am the primary writer but we are always working together developing my unfinished ideas. I think this year will see what we're all about as we already have an album in the can and are starting recording new material in a few weeks.

Hi Paul - sure did speak to Ian McNabb. We are going to keep in touch and hook up when paths cross.

Hey Seychelle - My bum? My arse! Mind you, now you've planted the seed...

Later everyone - back to bed for me, it's 4 in the morning and I couldn't sleep (YAWN!).

8:21 PM  
Blogger Bblayla said...

Hey Simon

I haven't posted in a while but believe me I have been here...

I had trouble viewing the movie also-will try again

Lookin good on IAC! Really Lovin it-- can hardly wait until you announce dates for tour so I can start making travel plans.

Take care--get some sleep!
Belinda

ps--I still would love to have your autograph on Bare Assets but I don't know where to send it.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Still to this day, I can't believe your music is not on the radio.

Ditto to that! I too tried downloading but it didn't seem to work. I think I may need to update Quicktime. Will try again tomorrow.

Simon, when should we be expecting a new album from you guys? I can't wait! :o) Oh! Not sure if my email went through - was just checking with you to see if you were liking the myspace page.

Okie well off to bed I go. Goodnight all!

12:10 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

For those that havent noticed yet, The Casbah Club have announced a gig for Friday 3rd March

http://www.marklundquist.com/casbah/bisley.html

BISLEY PAVILION HOTEL
National Shooting Centre, Queens Road , Brookwood, Surrey
Friday 3 March 2006
Bar and doors open 7.30pm
Tickets:
Advance: £10 (+ 21p p&p)
On the night: £12

Anyone else going? I just bought my tickets. If you havent already seen them live, try to get down to the gig, you won't regret it.

Ron

12:42 AM  
Blogger Chris Capp said...

Si,

Thanks so much for visiting me. Glad you enjoyed the Gary Hart tale. I couldn't download your video -- my computer seemed to be spinning its wheels in a hopeless dance.

Congrats on the upgrade, though. It's always fun to make a clean e-start.

Regards,
Chris

1:02 AM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Bisley Hall gig has been put back to the following weekend, it is now on Sat 11th March. I hope ur ok about this Ron. Thanks for making the announcement though. There will be more dates added very soon. Cheers, Si

1:24 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

Thats fine Simon, even better being a Saturday night. I have edited all the posts I have made on various boards to inform everyone of the new date.

Ron

1:52 AM  
Blogger tony lowe said...

I remember this clip from years back. Love that song. Sad to see footage of Splodge though. He was a real sweetie.
Hope to see you at Bisley Hotel.

Tone

4:56 AM  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

good news about Bisley i was unable to make the earlier one. Simon, ''ecstacy heaven'' thankyou sir, detune that string and its the record isnt it, simplicity is truely genius many thanks, i can work the rest out now- you are a clever sod! lol

7:01 AM  
Blogger fluorescein said...

I have a PC and simply did the right-click "save target as" route to save the file to my desktop. It took about 7-8 minutes with my dsl.

Well worth the wait.

-Bill

7:46 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Hey Simon, I got the shirt and Autographed cd..thanks Anyway she moves is great! i just got the MBOX-2 and i too need a new computer just for that. Ive been using th BOSS1600 for a while so I guess it will be tough at fisrt with the pro-tools thingy.....michael

8:49 AM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Let me get this right;

March 11th Bisley Pavilion, Surrey

April 1st Surprise London gig (TBA, not an April fool)

April 8th Welwyn Garden City

May 21st Birmingham NEC, support to Status Quo

All gig info available at:

www.myspace.com/casbahclub

or

http://www.marklundquist.com/casbah/bisley.html

With more gigs being announced daily and the recent confirmation of the support slot on the U.S leg of The Who tour 2006, Bruce Foxton has parted ways with Stiff Little Fingers. Now he is able to focus 100% on Casbah Club and the long term success of the band.

9:48 AM  
Blogger fluorescein said...

Alright Simon, great news. Sounds like things are coming together nicely!!

I have started debating (amongst myself) if I should go to The Who Convention on 1 April. Will the Casbah Club gig be nearby?

-Bill

10:42 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

I finally figured out how to download it :)

Great video!
Great song!
Thanks for posting it

Take Care

11:17 AM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Nice one getting the NEC gig Si - tried to get tickets but they've only got naff seats left...........don't suppose you need any help lugging your gear?!

PaulBLpool (not to be confused with Paul B!:)

2:20 PM  
Blogger Chris Capp said...

Simon,

I happened to catch some of the Who's 2004 Yokohama gig on Pete's Towser TV today (nice surprise!). Your backup vocals come through loud and clear on much of it and gave me a new appreciation for what you bring to the band. Especially "Who Are You." Great voice, man!

Cheers,
Chris

2:25 PM  
Blogger paul B said...

Everybody trying to see the Raised video come over to my blog... I compressed the file down to 10MB and its streaming right on my blog!!

LOOKS AWEOMSE BY THE WAY!!

:)

Thanks Simon

Paul B

2:53 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

ALERT....ALERT.....


Thanks to Paul B alot of us will
now get to see Simon's video.
It is well put together Simon,
let's get this baby on TV now!

Thanks again Paul B!Floridians
rule!!

3:53 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Simon, you mention backup drive, check out Pete's backup system next time you see him. 100gig in a tiny palm sized device that can be dropped from a 2nd floor hotel balcony and still work.

I'll check out your vid. Thx

4:01 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

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4:08 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Great video Simon, great song!

Did I spot a Schecter telecaster in the video?

4:16 PM  
Blogger Steve H said...

Evening Simon

Great news about Bruce committing 100% to Casbah Club now!!! Wow - looking forward to hearing the album when it's done and seeing you play live again this year.

Hope you're well!

SteveH

4:38 PM  
Blogger Johanna in Vista said...

I've been giving my new CD a good listening too and I absolutely love it, because it really, really rocks!!

I hope Casbah Club does in fact open for The Who this year. What a great show it will be!!!

Thanks :)
Johanna

6:54 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

Hey Simon! I saw the video over at Paul's. It was wonderful! Beautiful family and dog, fantastic song, band, guitar...superb. You sound great!

Oh yes, it is Thursday! Come on, you said you would love to get half-nekkid with me....so....! ;)

7:22 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

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8:06 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Thanks so much Paul! Simon, that video was very cool! The editing seems like it must have taken forever! That was more entertaining than any music video I've seen on tv in a long time. The summer's going to be so much fun. I just wish the warm weather would get here already!

8:08 PM  
Blogger Bblayla said...

Simon

Just saw your movie over at Paul's site--so cool..Love it-well done.

Paul's site is so cool also--everyone needs to check it out.

Take care
Belinda

8:54 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Am I the only one who was able to watch the video from Simon's blog? I had no problem getting it. Paul, very cool of you to link it for everyone, it is a keeper.

5:46 AM  
Blogger Debby C said...

Hi Simon - Just wanted to let you know Mike S has some hot pictures of you from NYC in 2002. Nice bod!

9:21 AM  
Blogger Mark T said...

Yes, the download ws long and laborious, but well worth it. Great video! Mark

11:17 AM  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

Simon!
I couldn't get the movie to download. I usually have probs w/ apple software for some reason. Maybe I need to download new software? hmmm...

12:44 PM  
Blogger shelly h. said...

Howdy Si:

It's been a long time . . . I hope you and all yours are well.

I'm going to be across the pond (your side) Feb. 14-20, after a very long hiatus. I don't suppose you have any concert dates lined up then?

Cheers,
Shelly H. in Flint, MI

12:53 PM  
Blogger THIRD OF NEVER said...

Hi Simon. Neat video, and you can never go wrong with a dog.

We're going to be making our first video in a couple of months, so lots of excitment/trepidation on right now.

Hope to see you this summer.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Hi Simon,
I was thinking, do you have one of those Usendit type accounts? Then you could just upload the video once to Usendit, and then we all view it quickly and easily from there.Just a thought, it really does make things easy. Jusspress is the one I use, you merely have to drag and drop your video to your taskbar and it does the rest.I'm not the most computer knowledgeable person around so Jusspress is perfect for me, anyway.
Just a thought for you! :)

3:34 PM  
Blogger Steve H said...

Happy birthday to me for today! (Jan 20th)

SteveH

4:57 PM  
Blogger John said...

Lastly, the slowmo nightvision frames of Dave Rowan made me laugh out loud. How is he doing?

JB

6:52 PM  
Blogger Kid Ric said...

Hi Simon,

Just dropped by to say hey.

Looks like the Townshends are taking over the IAC. Good go mate.

Peace, love and light,
Ric

2:04 AM  
Blogger stef-at-blog said...

Bisley pavilion ? the home of large weddings these days.
I was going to say "easy get in", but now I'm thinking "bring planks" to get up the (very wide)wooden "stairs".
Nice 'n local !

2:31 AM  
Blogger paul B said...

Suesjoy,

If you still are encountering issues with the download, I am streamning a compressed version on my blog...

Sorry to everyone about the quality lacking alittle at times (I was alittle sloppy when I did the conversions)

Thanks for all the nice comments though

Paul B

(not from liverpool) :)

4:31 AM  
Blogger John Sullivan said...

Simon,

I have a question -- now that I have posted 3 songs from The John Sullivan Brigade up on IAC Radio, is there any chance you could take one of them and put it up on RADIO CASBAH?

We're really trying to make a big push here in the States and we'd appreciate any help. We'd even love to do a double bill with you here in the NYC area. Our last double bill was with Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze and that was a blast.

Any song of ours is fine...thanks.

best,
Sully

5:38 AM  
Blogger John Sullivan said...

Si,

One other thing...I've been going through your C.C. songs and if you decide you'd like to do some double bill shows in the area with us, I can leave my piano/keyboards up there and add my 88 keys to your songs. I don't have all the lyrics or the chord sheets in front of me now but I could do that for you. It actually sounds pretty cool.

Sully

5:52 AM  
Blogger Alecia said...

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7:37 AM  
Blogger Chris Capp said...

Finally caught up with the video at Paul's site -- fantastic! Great images of the family. Touching, yet cool. Thanks for sharing.

- C.

5:10 PM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Hi Si,

Just listening to 'Ages' from the EP of the same name - how come that didn't make simontownshendis? It's a great tune, from the heart lyrics.

3:13 AM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

Wearing my Casbah Club shirt at the University today. Getting asked some questions... "happen" to have the URL on hand! *wink*

Spreading the word!

Jack

4:17 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Bblaya - send CD cover to Stir Music and I'd be happy to sign and return it. May take a while though.

Hi Sarah Beth - we are getting started soon on the recording.

Hi Bill - Casbah gig will be very nearby Who convention!!

Seychelle - sure!

Paul, not to be confused with Paul.... maybe I could get you on the guest list. Oh, and Ages may be on new CD, re-recorded. Not sure why it didn't make it on to STis disc... just too many to choose from.

Thanks Jack! Infact thanks everyone who has visited and commented.

Hi Gary - Yeah, one of Pete's old Schecter Telecasters that was bought by a mate of mine. I borrowed it on the night.

Hi Shelly - Long time no speak... Hope you and you're mum are keeping well. No CC gigs in Feb I'm afraid - rehearsing and recording.

Hi Lisa - thanks for advice - I don't have usendit type account but hey - one day I'll get around to it. Sounds cool.

Happy belated birthday Steve H (and Sarah Beth)

Hi Jihn - Ages since I spoke to David. Received Xmas card so wrote him long email but had no reply yet??

Hi Stef - Yep! THE Bisley Pavilion. Just hope we're not double booked.

Hi Sully - I'll take a listen and see what's suitable. Is it all live drums on your stuff because it is a Radio Casbah policy ;-)

8:15 AM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

I <3 ST! :o)

8:51 AM  
Blogger Debby C said...

Very cool video, I recognize your daughter from Basement Jam, although she's a pretty young lady now instead of the young girl in the video. Must be cool to come across things like that when your not looking for it.

12:03 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hi Debby - Yeah! Great feeling but also a little sad too as time passes so quickly. Life is precious.

12:52 PM  
Blogger paul B said...

Alright I think its finally time I give my Casbah shirt a wash... lol

by the way I hope you see some new faces on your myspace soon Simon.. I have linked afew friends over there and they really like your music!

sincerely,

One of your biggest fans in Florida hoping desparatly to see Casbah club and the Who come near by soon!! AKA Paul B

1:31 PM  
Blogger paul B said...

PS just kidding about the shirt...


Im still wearing it!!

;)

1:33 PM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Guest list at NEC? - that would be mega - fingers crossed Si.

Caught a McNabb gig in Liverpool over the weekend - top notch as usual, even at 3 in the afternoon - the guy's got so many great songs. Have you heard his latest album?

Any idea of a release date for the (recorded) CC album? Does it have a title yet? Are you gonna try to get a single out?

PaulBLpool

4:43 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

Thank you Simon, you are sweet.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

Sarah Beth... Sarah Beth...

What exactly what was that last post you made?

"I <3 ST! :o)"

Was that from the Planet Zorcon? Or did you have just a little too much coffee?

8:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

Hey Simon, nice to have you back. I take it the wireless issues have been sorted out. Been there..done that.

Hopefully when they setup Wi-Fi in Niagara Falls this summer, I might be able to do a live video cam from Goat Island. My hometown is part of the project also, so maybe I can also shoot some vid and show you Lake Ontario and maybe Old Fort Niagara. But thats a BIG when.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Jim, it was code from Planet Zorcon, you got me.

10:50 PM  
Blogger Dan L. said...

Simont:

As is expected, your brother recommends your band. I am very far away (and dial-up, arrrg), so I continue to wonder of what might be.

As I have mentioned before, I look forward to your band as an opening to Pete. It should be a real treat, I hear.

I don't know you, nor heard from you, but really await what you guys do.

Be the best,

--Dan L.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Lance Burns said...

Hello Simon

Thanks foy your free downloads, really enjoying them.

Worth a look at www.kody.co.uk very much ST influence.

Kind regards

Lance

5:09 AM  
Blogger fluorescein said...

LAnce,

You mention downloads, there are two new downloads at www.simontownshend.com that were put up over the weekend. Check them out, especially the killer acoustic version of Somewhere Out There!!

-Bill

5:36 AM  
Blogger Lance Burns said...

Thanks Bill

Loving those Songs

Lance

5:50 AM  
Blogger Alecia said...

Yes thanks for the new downloads. Its very cool of Simon to do so many free ones on his site!

I love the lyrics in I'm Alright - esp. "I can give back anything you take... and I know what I like, and I'm really alright!" Lyrics and strumming on Somewhere out There is great too!

A lady just posted a comment on my Jan 02 blog post (the one with the music playing in the car while filming) - looks like you've got a new fan. Like me, she's VERY supportive of music she likes.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Alecia said...

Oh yeah, in my latest posts there is also a mention of Quadrophenia and what - "I Am the Sea" - and "Love Reign O'er Me" could be all about. I'd love to read your comment on that Simon!

8:55 AM  
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10:21 AM  
Blogger ginab said...

This is a HUGE file, Simon. Yikes! I'm told it'll take 37 mins to download. Err.

And alright I'd love to wait around and stare at you staring down, but that's just not right. I am at work. Just there's ... other things ... I should be doing ... I really want to watch the 'old' movie. There's gems from the past to crop up now and again, and I'd love to be able to say something about your recent find...but I still need to wait.

:-(-g+bb

11:50 AM  
Blogger Steve H said...

Hi Simon

Thanks for saying Happy B'Day! May I ask when yours is?

BTW, how are rehearsals going to Casbah Club - I think you mentioned you were rehearsing around the end of the month?

SteveH

12:58 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

I have been listening to "Save Me From Me" over and over again! It is sooo fun. <3

2:09 PM  
Blogger Lin said...

I loved it! Thanks Paul B for putting it up on your site - I had to watch it there.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Vendelascity said...

Hey Hot Stuff, what's shakin'?

Just stopped by to say hello!

6:22 PM  
Blogger John Sullivan said...

Simon,

As for The John Sullivan Brigade, the drums are all live drums -- no drum loops or things of that nature. Steve plays a vintage mix of Ludwig & Rogers kit dating back almost 40 years. It's as REAL and LIVE as you can possibly imagine.

'Bad Politician' is very Clash-like in its approach, while 'I Am Yours To Keep' is very groove-oriented (with some piano in the background). Our third song has no drums so you can pass on 'No Matter Where We Are' for now.

Hope to see us up on your station! Thanks for the consideration.

--Sully

10:09 PM  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

Hey Si!! just stopping by to see what's up over here on your blog! Have a fab week!

5:18 AM  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

ok back again....

TO EVERYONE POSTING HERE-
I just checked the Fan Map for Simon and cannot see half of your names posted here on it. PLEASE go sign it! Link is on my blog as well as here: http://www.frappr.com/simontownshendfanmaphostedbyballerinagurl/

Thanks!!
X-Molly

5:30 AM  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

Simon old chap was wondering today-it may have been asked before, what is YOUR fave Who album, and favourite single/song? Ive got the new Quad DVD and your version of 'dirty jobs'as the bus driver was great! i got the impression that quad is one of your faves maybe? cheers as always and about time you did another posting innit? lol
Cheerrs

Neil

5:57 AM  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

Simon, you're getting some great responses from your video.
I think the over whelming consensus is MORE VIDEO (please)
I really do think this one is cool.

9:09 AM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hi Paul - Yep! Loads of new arrivals at myspace. Getting a bit crowded over there now.

Hi Paul(pool)- May call the album Venustraphobia as first planned. We are formulating plans for release schedule with manager. There is still recording to be done, loads of new songs which I'm really excited about.
I have never seen Ian McNabb live but I would like to. You know, I had a crazy idea that he would work in Casbah Club but I hear he is off on tour with Icicle Works this year.

Thanks for the Kody steer Lance... very interesting to hear a band influenced by oneself. Eerie but an honour!

Hi Steve H - My birthday is October 10th. We start rehearsing on 6th Feb - had to put it back to allow more time to record demos of new songs.

Hi Vendela! Nothing was shakin' until YOU got here! Good to see you on the blog!

Hi Neil - If I had to choose... my favourite Who album is Who's Next.

Thanks everyone for blogging me! I really appreciate the positive comments and vibes you're giving me and my music. Rock on!

2:58 PM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Hi Si,

I'd love to hear you and Ian Mc together - I think it'd work.

He's doing some solo gigs in April and then the Icies tour is probably towards the end of the year - I'm sure your paths will cross at some point - if so, I wanna be there!!

Really looking forward to the CC album - I'm really getting into your stuff at the moment and I think Bruce's bass gives it even more punch - do you think he'll grow the mullet back??

PaulBLPool

5:11 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Simon,
You want to know what is so nice about you?
You don't have any of your links up. No IAC, No myspace. You are so cool. You know we can get there some how.

BTW, saw the movie over at Paul's. Wish my homemovies were done like that. Great job.
I do miss 8mm films, you could just wave, pretend you are talking, look embarassed that the camera is on, wave it away. Hard to be "candid" on video.

Peace out

XO
Sue

6:19 AM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

erm, isnt "somehow", one word?

6:21 AM  
Blogger brojo said...

Simon
Just wanted to say thanks for all the music and musings.
I just bought 3 cds from your website, yeah!
I own a small restaurant/venue and trust me, they will be played often and hopefully will turn on many more folks to your wonderfull music.

I loved all your music from In the Attic, and am looking forward to the upcoming tour so I can see yall live.

John

8:03 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Hey Si.. If Sullivan is going to lobby you, then I shall too.. Would love to see A View From The Churchyard added to RADIO CASBAH from my IAC page.. Drums are accoustic drum loops tracked using Ableton Live, not synthetic sounding at all. Sounds a bit like a Pretenders song. Hope you can reciprocate.

Cheers.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Debby C said...

Your right Simon, life goes by fast. My mom and dad always told us that you should live everyday as though it was your last. Simon you are a lucky man with such lovely children.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Lucky Buck said...

Hey Simon,
There's a picture of you on your cousin's web page ;-)
http://www.godfreytownsendmusic.com/caplive_a.htm

5:18 PM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

Funny you should bring that site up Lucky Buck.

I met Godfrey when the John Entwistle Band came to a local hotel/night club in Niagara Falls (dirty US side) back about the 1999-2000 time frame. It was just up the road from where I worked and I stopped in there to see if any tickets were still available. They were and I grabbed some. I saw John, Steve and Godfrey as they were at the bar. Had a nice chat with all.

You guys won't believe this (this is absolutely true!). I had a hilarious dream last night. I dreamt that I was at a John Entwistle show at the HSBC arena in Buffalo, NY. The stage was awesome. There was a HUGE and I mean HUGE spider above the stage and the spiders legs held the lights and was moving about during the show acting as spotlights, etc. Well John announced from the stage that he was telling the Who to go "F*&^ themselves" and was going out on his own for good. Just as he started on this death metal song, the Burger King guy (for Simon and the other "foreign" bloggers we have here, all football season we had Burger King commercials that had someone dressed up as the "Burger King" on a football field intercepting passes and running for a touchdown with this hideous music in the background )ran up on stage and stole one of Johns basses and ran off with it down the aisle in the crowd while the song kept playing.

I never laughed like that in years when I woke up. My elderly father heard me (at 3AM) and shouted in his Scottish brogue "THE HELL"S SO FUNNY??"

Oh man. Just too coincidental that posting came up.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

I didn't post that on Pete's blog as we are now figuring out how to solve the worlds issues.

8:28 PM  
Blogger John Sullivan said...

Si,

FYI -- I Am Yours To Keep on IAC R&B (#22) is starting to move nicely, so that would be my choice for Radio Casbah. I think it fits best for your format. Hope all is well & have a good weekend.

Sully

7:50 AM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

Have a good weekend Simon!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

the Burger King guy ran up on stage and stole one of Johns basses and ran off with it down the aisle in the crowd while the song kept playing.

Haha, that's funny. That Burger King guy is scary!

Heading back onto the subway, blah. Simon, much love. <3 <3

12:32 PM  
Blogger PTfan said...

That BK dream is too much! FUNNY!

1:27 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

Simon - Nice to see you're still out there. Will be in London w/e of Feb. 9th, 2006. Hope all's well...

DC Ali (supergroopie)

1:53 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

Nice to know you're still out there, Simon! Will be in London 9th of Feb. Hope all's well..

Ali from DC

1:54 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Simon,

I was at the Grape Street Pub that night. It was a little late for a work night but well worth it. That was a night of "firsts" with a band. A great show!!! Come back soon!!

8:21 PM  

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