Topic: PC's Forum Messages 2004 to 2006 (Read 51 times)
Watcher of the Skies
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« Reply #45 on: Jul 8th, 2011, 7:05pm »
Hello out there,
I have been told that some people have some feelings of disappointment about my being absent from the web site in recent months. I know that most of you have been compassionate about the personal situation I have found myself in and I just wanted to say that over the last few months, as you know, I have been going through a divorce and trying to sort my life out and make sure my boys are okay and spending a lot of time on them and with them.
I am sorry if this means that I haven't been able to pay attention to anything else but sometime real life gets in the way. As soon as I feel that I have some spare head space to respond to you I will do but right now I really need to focus on my family.
I hope that you understand.......
Phil (the singer)
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Re: PC's Forum Messages 2004 to 2006
« Reply #46 on: Jul 11th, 2011, 04:31am »
THIS MESSAGE IS OUT OF CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
SOMETIME IN 2004
It has been suggested by the Webmaster that I try to do some
sort of regular contribution to the site. Something I'm willing to have a
go at, until work or Fatherhood prevents me from being as regular as I
The basis of these interjections by myself will be based on a variety of
impulses. There'll be "NEWS" when there IS. There'll also be a mishmash of
improvised gut reactions/answers/feedback to a variety of things that have
caught my eye whilst skimming through the categories of the main pages of
my site and the Genesis site.
So off we go with the mishmash......
Some people have asked about my eldest son Simon, and his Website. He is
currently finishing his 2nd CD and will be distributing it through his
Website as he is without a Record Company at present, having asked to
leave Warner's Germany. He will eventually have a link on my Website and
on the Genesis Website if they are agreeable. So you should be able to
access his CD through here or his own.
COVERS.... contrary to popular belief, I don't have to give permission if
someone wants to cover a song of mine. If they want to CHANGE the lyrics,
as in the numerous Rap versions of "In the Air", where I have so far not
had a problem with changes, all of them being positive and not negative
gestures lyrically. I never knew about Postal Service covering "Against
All Odds" until a journalist told me !!! Likewise "in the Air" by
NonPoint.....so the version of "Easy Lover" out there is as much of a
surprise to me as it is to you. I'm sure my version of "You Can't Hurry
Love" was a surprise to Holland, Dozier and Holland et al.
EVERYDAY... there are some very astute people out there. I read the very
impressing unravelling of that song by a few of you. Indeed the main riff,
when I wrote it, had such a strong James Taylor feel, that I called it JT
so I wouldn't forget it. Plus his version of Buddy Holly's "Everyday" was
so great that my harmonies were influenced by those on his song. The
Hornsby influence on the piano intro was well spotted too, although my
having worked with Bruce on Harbour Lights did not influence the lyric on
"We Fly So Close", but his fantastic piano playing did. Throw in a bit of
John Martyn and that's the songs influences.
GENESIS HAWAII... had a story about a friend of hers saying I'd badmouthed
her band or something ?? This has no basis of truth. The whole story about
"the studio thing at Disneyland and badmouthing the drummer..etc" Just not
true. Far too sensitive to other peoples feelings I'm afraid !! You have
no idea just HOW many times I've supposed to have been in this Club or
that Restaurant with this person or that.....and each time it's untrue.
A famous case was when I played in 1985 in Oakland, and 2 ladies, a Mother
and Daughter, found Mal Craggs our tour manager at the time, and asked for
me. They said they'd met me in Mexico and that I'd bought them drinks and
escorted them back to their room and had a wild affair with both of them.
I'd apparently said that next time I was in their area they should look me
up...and here they were!!! At that time I'd NEVER been to Mexico at
all....ever.....so I met these ladies and said Hi and explained.
Now there was a time when a certain Welshman who bore a certain
resemblance to me, and often came to my shows, dressed like me, and riding
in a Limo...(wondering why people noticed him !!!)....this time as he
arrived in the backstage area ( yes he'd gotten passed the guards as me )
The ladies shouted "that's him !!! "......and we had words about
it.......if only life were like that all the time. However it's an uneasy
feeling that my sexual performance is possibly being judged by some bloke
from Wales !!
LOUIS SATTERFIELD.....I learned via the site that Lui Lui had died, very
sad. He was a dear friend for many years, in spite of trying to sue me
later in our relationship. ( another time for that story ) he was a
founding member of Earth Wind and Fire and will be sadly missed.
ADMIRATION....to WhipsandChains for holding out against adversity in
liking my music....thanks.
CLEAR CHANNEL..... I have to say that I mourn Local Promoters who have had
to sell out to Clear Channel. In certain cities we stood by our old
Promoters....Chicago, New York, Cleveland and a few others, but like the
passing of the small record stores, it seems the way of progress. I don't
know whether my tour in the US and Canada was promoted competently, I
leave that to my manager, but the gigs sold very very well, except the
Nose Bleed tickets in most places, and I can understand this. An evening
out for a family or a couple, including baby sitters, gas, food, a T
shirt...is staggering, and to sit up top with a lousy view is too much.
At some shows I had Danny go out into the car park and give tickets away
to people who looked like real fans but had lousy seats..... Plus so many
key seats are now "luxury boxes" in these new venues, which I don't like
as you can see some people come to the window to hear the songs they like
then disappear !!!....it's their choice, but it's a bit disconcerting.
THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT....now this SHOULD be the version from Montreux
in 1998, but you've seen my track record is not 100% with this stuff
so....!!!! Also Daryl just emailed me 'cos his Production credit was left
more people to shoot I guess, though inevitably the buck stops here.
IRELAND AND SCOTLAND.....it has bothered me that we didn't play any shows
there. I don't know if this can be rectified this time round. Perhaps if I
do something special in the future, we can include something. Sorry guys.
PITTSBURG...have to answer you on this too, though I know it doesn't do
you any good now. This show was cancelled, basically due to lack of
interest. Strange because we/I always did pretty good there from the
Alpine Arena days onwards. Some tickets had been sold but I was just told
that it was off for those reasons and that was that. I felt very bad for
those who did have them, and reading the post from the lady with her South
African husband, only made me feel worse. Can't change the past, all I can
say is a big Sorry.
REST OF THE WORLD....this has been covered in my last post, and it will
happen if all things go well domestically !!!
PARADISE PORN...know nothing about this.....or the other Advert in Italy
using the same song.
SWEDE......only caught some of this lengthy back and forth.
However it seems that Swede is under the impression that Anthony Phillips
was involved in the writing of "The Musical Box" and "Fountain of
Salmacis". Not so. The "Box" was written at the Maltings in Farnham when I
joined the band, and the only layover from previous writing was the rhythm
under the keyboard solo, which I believe was influenced by "The Weaver" by
Family. "Salmacis" was entirely conceived at Tony Stratton-Smiths house in
Crowborough at the sessions of writing for Nursery Cryme that had started
at the Maltings.
(continued in Part 2)
continued from Part One)
PC BACKGROUND MUSIC....good idea and I'll take it up with Webmaster. The
only thing that might prevent it could be the technical aspect. As to what
IS the music, if it happens you'll have to leave it to my impeccable taste
I guess !!
PHILDAS.....hey, lighten up with the lipstick thing on Love Songs !!!
Think of it as some tart blotting her lipstick on her way out the door if
it's too Romantic an idea for you. Sealed with a loving kiss also
works.....either way it's quite appropriate.
TURN IT ON AGAIN THE BOOK.....beware, I know nothing of this. So it's
probably a rehash of truths/semi-truths and untruths mixed with wild
speculation !!! I will, one day, write my own book but don't hold your
breath !! The Ray Coleman book was a bit of a disappointment to me. He
came to me asking me to get involved or he'd do it on his own. I said I'd
help as at least I could control somewhat any bits that would be wrong. It
turned out to be one mistake after another. Of course I didn't know the
poor man was dying of Cancer. I'd always liked Ray a lot from his Melody
Maker days and I trusted him...but something was wrong here and I didn't
know. Eventually he died and his wife finished the book. Altogether an
unfortunate story. That's why I'll do it myself one day.
Also there is a DVD of the SINGLES COLLECTION coming out, this is not
authorised either, though I'm waiting on Tony Smith to do some research on
TOO MUCH STUFF....it does seem there is an abundance of stuff coming out
in the next few weeks and I sympathise with the financial aspect of it for
you guys. I suggest buy 1 now and the rest later....mine is VERY good !!!
Seriously though, I'm not particularly happy about "competing" with myself
in Genesis, but it seems that's the way it is and you'll have to decide
which one to go for.
SOLO CAREER.... This was mentioned in a post, possibly from an English
fan, that my solo career was on the wane and that's why I should take up
again with my 2 buddies. Well, apart from speaking the bloody obvious, (of
course my solo career is on the wane compared with 20 years ago) my mind
could not work like that. From a POP selling standpoint my finest years
are behind me for a variety of reasons, from a personal creative
standpoint, I'm still at a high. However the things I'm doing are not up
front and in your face anymore. But from my POV they are still creative
things. More on this when I touch on Disney and my work later.....
It was strange that in England, my "farewell" gigs provoked no media
attention AT ALL.....and I mean AT ALL !!! Whereas in France, Holland and
Germany, things are still quite hot. Anyway, it's of no great importance
in the great scheme of things.....
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Re: PC's Forum Messages 2004 to 2006
« Reply #47 on: Jul 11th, 2011, 04:32am »
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RAY WILSON....lovely guy, he sends me bits and pieces of he's doing all
the time. I met him at a couple of my shows at Earls Court in 97, where he
came with Nir....and he was great, lovely bloke. I mention this just for
PAUL WHITEHEAD.....caught up with him a couple of years back with Armando
Gallo in LA, but regarding some posts attaching importance to his thoughts
on "who was crucial and creative" to this or that musically, Paul was
NEVER in a studio or rehearsal room with us. He only ever came when he was
presenting something to us. Just to clear up something that was mentioned
in a couple of posts..(possibly the Swede issue ??)
CSM76.....mentioned that we (T,M and me ) were too old to change. This was
in reply to the 3 piece Genesis question, and the results we'd come up
with if we did "do it again". Speaking personally, my music has continued
to change from album to album, project to project, my net has widened far
more than most artists in fact. Of course I may have left a few behind in
my choices of what I do, but that's not my deciding factor. Again Disney
gets a bad rap for this a lot of the time and I'll have to address the
issue. If I told you that Tony Banks would have LOVED to have done a
Disney project, as his love of animation is even greater than mine, most
of you would be surprised.
My take on this is as follows.... Metaphorically, if you imagine a career
to be like fishing....you sit there and sometimes you catch something
you've never caught before. Some people only like to keep or eat what they
know, so they throw back what they've just caught, and never find out what
it would have tasted like. They just keep eating the same old fish.
Now, having tasted it , you may not like it enough to taste it again, but
you have learned from it. Experimented a bit. Widened your "net".
With actors for example, they are allowed to change style completely with
every film. Robert Deniro for example....in Cape Fear he's a chiselled
tattooed monster...in Midnight Run or Meet the Parents, he is a great
comedian...nobody's surprised he changes completely, but in music, people
like you to stay where they can find you..... I could go on, but I hope
you get my point, which even if you still don't
like the Disney stuff (for example),you can at least understand why I try
It's curiosity really, and under the big umbrella of music there's a lot
of things to try.....Opera, Broadway, Jazz etc.
To be a COMPLETE songwriter you have to embrace ALL kinds of music and not
be afraid of the odd failure. Also this crossing over and back DOES NOT
pollute other areas of what I do. Tarzan and Bro' Bear didn't musically
affect me adversely at all. It's all experience you can use at a later
date if you need it. It's not the money, it's not for my kids, not for a
new audience either...it's to LEARN. Sorry if this is coming off like a
sermon, I didn't mean it that way......
LANGUAGES....this came up somewhere that someone had heard a Tarzan song
in another language and that it sounded like me....well it was me. I did
all the songs in French, Italian, German and Spanish....likewise Brother
Bear. (even 1 in Japanese) I wasn't trying to be clever and it wasn't that
hard. Most of you know that in other countries I usually have a go at the
language, and this was similar. Phonetic writing and endless "dropping in"
to fix it !!!
So......here endeth the lesson !!! I really hope you take all this as
intended. It's worthwhile you knowing WHY I do different stuff. Some of
you DO know, some of you DON'T, now there's no excuses !!
Much love till the next time....