jolly good friends Martin, Tony and Adam's excellent and innovative
indie label. Take a look, buy a record, and make 'em happy!
They work in the industry and, gasp, they're nice people!!
band I would want to be in if I were 18 again! All the info and
clips of my wonderfully produced tracks, wot more could you want?
Steve Seitz's fab unofficial site, including an interview with
Neat Damned Noise
Buy the Mischief album and more excellent stuff here!
Mark Orbit's megasite
Aussie Damned fan site
Gabi's Official Hotrods
A labour of love and everything you need to know
Nick's Hotrods Site
New fansite, lotsa good stuff
Strangers In The Night
Irreverent UFO site
Dave Woods' UFO pages
Misty Green and Blue
Pincher's UFO site
Excellent resource, great links, with html I've been trying to
rip off for ages...
Akagawa's MC5 website
Jap font pack for best results!
Masses of info and links on JT and the New York Dolls
Groovy site from one of my fave bands, check out the 8 string
My old UFO muckers site with plenty of excellent Q +A's, plus
loads of history
resource for getting rid of those Windows annoyances, especially
with the patter of tiny bass players on the way - never say never - things
have been busy in the Gray household. The company converting my attic
into did'nt warn me that an exciting bonus would be the old lathe and
plaster ceilings collapsing into the floor below, thereby doing more damage
to my guitars and studio gear than I managed to do in decades. Hey ho.
Also busy with my new job developing bands at Complete Control Music.
Upcoming singles for rock / pop band Nikolai and a sensational acoustic
singer / songwriter called Jack Harries forthcoming. Also promoting My
Red Cell for 7 Welsh dates. Watch this space for more.
more fab tracks completed in the studio courtesy af myself and Rob Reed
with the Noisecandy chaps and bloody fine they are too! I daresay clips
will soon be uploaded to their website, and check the gigs page too as
I've just finished booking a bunch more shows around the UK for the next
few months in London, Wales, Liverpool, Bath, Birmingham and Dunstable.
got back from Luxor in Egypt . Bloody hot. Bloody amazing.
Just been sent an email from Mark Orbit to say Eddie & the Hot
Rods are on TOTP2 this tuesday 29 July at 6.20pm!
Heres the link:
If my memory serves me right it was our first ever Top of the Pops
appearance, playing "Get Out of Denver", altho' I expect
some smart bugger will email me to tell me it was in fact our second appearance
Anyway, it's well worth catching, I was about 16 at the time - I have
it on video somewhere and its amazing to think it was 27 years ago. Bloody
an interview I did for the good folks on the Damned message board has
just gone up - here's the link for that:
and today got a message od here from Moose to say hello after reading
the above interview. Take a look at his website
- some very funny stuff on there, and some more telling tales from
his period with The Damned!
- busy day here at Gray Towers - a marvy new pic added to the Damned
page from some dodgy 80's mag!
it took was 3 stellas and a little gentle prodding from Captain and
Pinch. And I'm suffering from it today - I blame the last post-gig
glug from the Jack Daniels bottle...
figured 6 years was long enough to let the dust settle so ventured up
to the Muni in Pontypridd last night for The Damned. And I'm glad
I did too. Within minutes of seeing Captain we were lounging within
the depths of the tour bus, quaffing beer and swapping sories about Barrie
Masters and Lemmy...anyway, I ended up onstage for the last
2 songs, Curtain Call and Neat Neat Neat. Old habits die
hard however, and barely a minute into the set i'd skidded across the
stage and hit the decks, only to be joined by the grinning face of Mr
Sensible. Then the bloody bass amp went tits up...mr V must have been
thanking the day Patricia joined the band...anyway, a good old time was
had by all, everyone was very friendly, the punters gave me a good old
cheer and it was certainly the most relaxed atmosphere I can remember
around the band. Great crowd too. Its a strange feeling to suddenly play
songs in front of a packed audience you haven't played since 1997! And
a big up to Mr & Mrs Vanian for not being precious and letting
me jump up. Now, who was it who said "never again"?...
Caught a couple of cool bands down at the Cardiff Barfly last night
- blimey, sounds like I live down there! - the wonderfully trashy Sludgefeast
who have no songs over a minute in length, have a brilliant stage rap
and MC5 riffola a gogo, and Ten Benson
who remind me of AC/DC meets Zodiac Mindwarp, make a wonderful racket
and have a great stage image. Met their guitarist Paul up at The Amersham
Arms in South London last week DJ'ing under the excellent moniker of "Unemployable
Welsh Scum"! Even played a Johnny Thunders track in my honour, bless
him. They're both out on tour right now and well worth catching.
To the Cardiff Barfly last night to see The
Star Spangles, a pure NY Dolls / Ramones inspired bunch
of rockers from New York City. And they were damn good too - check
out "Which one of the 2 of us is gonna burn this house down",
a terrific 3 minute energy blast with a great chorus. But best of all
was the chance to link up with their manager - Howard Thompson,
the former A&R whizzkidd who signed the Hot Rods to Island
way back in 1976. Instantly recognised each other too despite the fact
that the last time we met was 25 years ago!! Signed to Parlophone here
and Capitol in the UK, he's managing both sides of the pond and taking
care of everything himself. With an upcoming US tour with The Datsuns
they're gonna do well - "I'm 50 this year and they make me feel
18 again" he said, and I kinda know how he feels - I get a similar
buzz from working with Noisecandy. He still did the famous"
Howard Dance", a curios left-leg-pump and head jerk movement that
used to be such a familiar sight at Hot Rods gigs. The band were
a great bunch of guys too - Howard had told them I was gonna be there
and we had a great old chinwag over several beers after the gig, making
me promise that next time they were in Cardiff I'd jump up and play bass
on a Rods song with them! Support band were cool too, another bunch of
yanks called The Go. Could this be the start of the New New Wave...?
Small World Ain't It Guv'nor Corner: Also met up with veteran producer
John Anthony - Queen, Roxy Music and The Tubes count
among his many stellar productions - who just happens to be one of Howard's
oldest friends, also along to check out the show. He'd had a copy of the
Noisecandy demos and is coming to see them when they play the Barfly on
May 3. A true rock 'n' roll character, dressed in black from head to toe
with a shock of white hair..."lets make hit records!"
quoth he, before disappearing into the night...
Yours truly in the very wonderful Briarbank Studios, Penarth, last December,
bailing out another Noisecandy track with my immaculate 12 string guitar
playing (only joking lads...!)
Anyone around in Bath, Oxford, Cheltenham or London over the next
few weeks go to the Noisecandy site to your left right now! I may well
be at some or all of these jigs and not only will you have the pleasure
of seeing a truly great new band but will have the opportunity of buying
me a foaming pint of local ale too! What could be a better way of spending
and evening eh?
Blimey, Joe too. He really was a diamond geezer, and he always really
cared. I don't think he ever really changed. We used to do a lot of gigs
together back in '76 when he had the 101ers, mostly at the good old Nashville
Rooms. He always used to turn up with a dog on a rope and a plentiful
supply of cannibles raisins if I remember correctly, and he always played
Better make my will sharpish...God Bless ya Joe.
an email from the lovely Batttttty and thought I'd share it with you...
A scientific expedition disembarks from its plane at the final outpost
of civilization in the deepest Amazon rain forest. They immediately notice
the ceaseless thrumming of native drums. As they venture further into
the bush, the drums never stop, day or night, for weeks.
The lead scientist asks one of the natives about this, and the native's
only reply is
"Drums good. Drums never stop. Very bad if drums stop."
drumming continues, night and day, until one night, six weeks into the
trip, when the jungle is suddenly silent. Immediately the natives run
screaming from their huts, covering their ears.
The scientists grab one boy and demand "What is it? The drums have
terror-stricken youth replies "Yes! Drums stop! Very bad!"
scientists ask "Why? Why? What will happen?"
the boy responds, " . . . BASS SOLO!!!"
Sorry for no recent updates due to close family bereavement. Just
don't ever get sick in Southend Hospital. However,
if anybody would like to buy me a drink I'll be in Bath Moles club this
thursday for Noisecandy and at the Winter Wonderland Festival outside
Cardiff City Hall the next night where Noisecandy are doing a lengthy
live set for BBC Radio. See ya there!
Marvellous marvellous marvellous....just finished recording two ace new
tracks - the best yet! - with Noisecandy
at Danny Chang's excellent studio in sunny Penarth. Rob Reed at the
mixing desk as usual and tinkling the old ivories, he's a great guy to
work with- hey, we both love classic pop songs! The band also recorded
a video for HTV's "Shotgun Slideshow" a few days back for the
track "Made for the Weekend" - the crew complained they couldn't
get the song out of their heads! Noisecandy managed to persuade the very
lovely Miss Wales to be in the vid too...spent all day in the freezing
weather with her, lucky buggers...
Sorry for anyone attempting
to access mischief-music.com. Firstly, since going broadband I have had
numerous problems with wonderful NTL - not content with losing my email
account for 10 days I was then unable to update this site. Now i can't
acces the Mischief site. Bear with me cos I'm well busy at the mo too...
Due to the wonderfuly inept NTL manageing to loose both my email and webspace
since going broadband no updates have been possible for a while. However
its now all sorted...meantime I've been busy studio wise with Noisecandy,
formerly Free Preace Sweet. A couple of cracking new songs completed,
again with Rob Reed in Da Studios, Penarth. Since then I floated the idea
of a small UK tour - hey, they have to learn what its like sometime! -
and have linked up with my mate Martin at
ffvinyl to book some dates with The
Scooters. I've also been in touch with another old mate Paul Durant,
who worked on the Mischief album with me and is now producer for Tetra
Splendour and runs the marvellous Monnow
Valley Studios, where once upon a time, in a different incarnation,
I used to, ahem, rehearse with The Damned. We're gonna be booked
in for 3 days in November to crack another couple of tracks.
Got emailed a cool Us mag review for the MISCHIEF album today. Might convince
a few more of you buggers to go out and buy it!
fashioned rockers like "Something So Simple" and the opener,
"Horse-whipped", prove that rock 'n' roll continues to flow
through each member's veins. Each track leverages the band's heriences
and love for the music that has dominated their lives for the past 30
years. "Burning Soul" references everything from classic '77-flavored
past playing expunk to bits of The
Who and T. Rex, creating a retro-fitted romp with a decisively
contemporary sound. "I Hear You Moan" settles the score with
ragged guitar riffs and an accompanying blazing solo that'll charm the
staunchest critic. Shaw may be singing about sex, or he may be con- fessing
to his latest killing spree, but he leaves you to decide the true meaning
of his lyrics, as he peppers his words with double entendres.
the start of Mischief, the guitar grabs center stage and refuses to let
go, sandwiching you between amp-induced distortion and the gruff-yet-catchy
choruses that are an absolute requirement for a good rock 'n' roll album..."--
Andrew Magilow, Splendid Magazine, USA
With Free Peace Sweet winning the BBC
Big Buzz "Band of the Year" competition and supporting Hear'say
in Cardiff, and having given the idea much thought whilst in Zanzibar,
I have now taken on a greater role with the band.
We've just finished mixing the first 2 tracks, "Last Summer"
and "Up On Time", and they sound bloody marvellous. I
really believe this band this band have huge potential. The band have
also asked Lynne Bartlett, who has worked for EMI, Capitol and
Island amongst others, to take care of the media and record label
liason side of things when ready. The band will also be undergoing a name
change shortly together with a new website launch. More news to follow.
Excellent tracks laid down with Free Peace Sweet last week with my co
- producer Rob Reed. Mixing to be done when I get back from holiday -
Hayley and I are off on the big silver bird tonight to Zanzibar, aka Spice
Island for a few weeks. Expect some interesting music related news upon
a long, happy ,rambling message from Paul Chapman on my ansaphone today
- I suspect he had been at the old sauce over in Florida - informing me
to take a look at his website as
it was officially Paul Gray month! Theres a rather fetching photo of us
all outside the Airport at Athens, prior to our return back to blighty.
Also check out Strangers
In the Night, a bizzare UFO site run by the aptly named Batttttty,
who sent me reams of questions collected from the UFO newsgroup to answer.
They take up 2 whole pages and there's some really interesting ones there
so take a look! Plus its worth seeing her "Uggerly
Wall", and it'll get her hits up , bless her.
what a gig last night at The Riverside in Newport. The new revamped
Free Peace Sweet played
an absolute blinder - it they ain't stars in the making I'll eat my hat
if I had one. New singer Ash is a find in a million. It's not often you
see so many grinning faces and an empty bar area cos everyone was too
into watching the band - yep folks, they were that good! Reminded me of
the Hot Rods vibe when we started playing pubs in '76!
WATCH THIS SPACE!!!
a "Single of the Month" review today too for the Mombomb
/ Comic Book Heroes split single I helped organise - two excellent
grunge / punk bands. I have to admit to an extra interest here as I produced
the CBH trax. They're up in Londinium to guest on Malcome Dome's TotalRock
radio prog on monday 8 June at 9pm - take a listen and check out their
website - eets crazee!!
using a '73 Precision bass on my last lot of home demos for The
Damned that I foolishly sold, I've been on the lookout for a replacement,
and I've just found one. My mate Craig (who also gets a namecheck
below) and who knows everything there is to know about basses has found
me a slab body '79 P bass. Origionally Olympic white, its now faded
to what I can only describe as a lovely nicotine stain yellow! Rosewood
neck as well - never really gone for maple. Most importantly its got that
lovely growl that certain old P basses have. And now its mine!
Talking of demos, I have some tracks recorded on my portastudio from 1993
- 1997 that have never seen the light of day. Most were recorded with
The Damned in mind, but obviously never got round to being used.
I may try to upload one as an mp3 or something in the future...you lucky
Palladino stepping into The Ox's shoes for the US tour eh? Sheesh...to
me that ain't The Who...this from alt.binaries.who newsnet sums it up
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend were in a minor
today in Las Vegas. Both suffered very minor injuries yet will not be
to tour. But
from the Who Spokesman at Trinifold Ltd. said the Who tour would go on
scheduled without them.
Also Rosemary Clooneys' tour is going on as planned.
Well, what can I possibly say apart from that I'm absolutely shocked...my
bassmeister mate Craig Addeccott called me early this morning to
impart the news about John Entwistle's
death - the greatest bass player in the world, ever, period. If it wasn't
for John, you wouldn't be reading this website, and I wouldn't have had
the career I've had. Go and get "Live at Leeds" play
it loud, and marvel. You ain't never gonna hear the likes of those basslines
A few Hoegarden's at Le Pub in Newport last night to see new
drum 'n' bass matal band TRIP. I'm mentoring bassist Jason in the
wonderful workings of the music industry. They were just great and if
there's any justice in the world they'll be on the front cover of Kerrang!
this time next year. Check out their own label website www.tripwirerecords.co.uk
for some fab mp3 downloads!
The Point last night to see Mountain.
What a band, and one of the best gigs I've ever seen -
Felix Pappalardi (RIP) was a bassist of huge influence on me -
take a listen to "Dreams of Milk and Honey" from Flowers
Of Evil, guitar, drum and bass interactions don't come any better.
When I played the Knebworth Fayre with UFO in 1985 they
were on the same bill and were great then, but last night just knocked
me out. Corky Laing is probably the best rock drummer alive today,
and guitarist Leslie West was just awesome , as our friends across
the pond say. Thoroughly recommended, witrh the old tinnitus it takes
a lot to keep me at a gig for 3 hours I tell ya!
Mr Gray is about to become a DJ! Well I haven't quite decided yet but
last night, down at The Barfly in Cardiff to see Drivedog
I was asked if i wanted to do a DJ set of the records that influenced
me for a Punk Week type thing. After a few pints of Stella it sounded
like a great idea but when I woke up this morning I realised there was
probably more to it than bunging a record on the turntable. Watch this
A razzy night down at the lovely Coal Exchange again to see
the Lost Prophets. Seriously good, and any band who had hordes
of screaming teenies moshing upfront has to get my vote. Guitarist
Lee Gaze, who I was mentoring last year, spotted me at the side of
the stage, grinned, and did some weird hand signal at me. I dunno, kids
today, when I were a lad it was the good old V sign and nowt else...supporting
was Jarcrew who are coming along something lovely...
Just got back from spending the New Year in Prague. Wonderful place.
Seeing Mozart's "Requiem" in the Baroque Smetana Hall was a
highlight. They've obviously never heard of heath & safety rules,
on New Years Eve the central square was jammed with 1000's of people chucking
bangers at each other and firing off rockets in their hand. The air was
raining down with debris, bloody mad the lot of 'em! Bloody freezing too,
and tried to keep warm by imbibing a steady stream of Gluwien from the
Xmas stalls. I can also thoroughly recommend the local beer called Gambrinus!
The Hotel Waldstein can be well recommended too - a 16th century
marvel nestling under the castle walls.
the day with tech wizard Rob Reed in his studio mastering the MISCHIEF
album. I've gotta say it sounds great - we've got the levels up by
20% so be prepared for some serious speaker pumping!!
from the previous nights notwithstanding, up to Loco Studios near
Usk for two days helping out New Deal starters Free Peace Sweet.
They just won the Smirnoff - sponsored Battle of the Bands competition
over 75 others - can't be bad! A band to develop over the coming months,
and subsequently one to watch.
December 6/7 2001
Two nights of partying down at the first Welsh Music Awards
at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay. First night was rock &
pop, and despite being a great idea that was very well supported guest
and industry wise, it was a shame more of the award winners didn't show
or even send a delegate on their behalf. So it was hats off to Tetra
Splendour and especially the Lost Prophets for both turning
up and playing absolutely blinding sets, and not forgetting those who
gave tham a hand on the way up.
On the Dance Music night every single winner except Paul Oakenfold
turned up, and even he managed to send a video thank-you to the voters.
It was a more united, friendly and less cliquey atmosphere than the bnand
night, with a real sense of occasion - a lesson to be learnt methinks
on a panel at a seminar for the Radio 2 Live in Cardiff thing,
called "Is there life for musicians over 30", with the very
nice Janice Long and Tommy Hingley from The Inspiral
Carpets. Time was when I thought over 20 was pushing it! We had a
good old waffle to the assembled, er, masses and decided as we'd all managed
to stay alive after 30 there very much was. "Its a bit like fish
fingers" quoth I. "Just because Findus has been making them
for donkeys years doesn't mean to say they've got to give up and let someone
else have a go!" which
went down very well. We all agreed, however, that if Phil Collins stepped
down the world would be a much better place, which went down even better.
Discussed selling CD's online thereby avoiding ludicrously low record
company royalties and it looks like I'll be putting the MISCHIEF cd out
this way very soon.