He's a very talented designer.
Have a look here...
Bazza designed the covers for my two solo albums 'Hopeland' and 'Keepers'.
We first met after he sent me a fantastic fanzine 'Tune In' that he'd designed for Miracle Mile.
'In Cassidy's Care' is his first cover for Miracle Mile.
Marcus and I played at Bazza's 50th birthday party.
I'll share some candid shots betwixt his choices.
Worth looking at to recognize the shock on Marcus's face.
'Don't look up, don't look up! Just keep playing...'
He's still in recovery...
You see... Bazza surprised us on the night by playing drums.
He'd had 'lessons'.
As I said, he's a very talented designer...
The criteria for my Top Ten was:
a) did I play this album to the point of obsession?
b) do I continually return to them and feel as passionate now as I did on first listen?
c) were I stranded on a desert island could I play this one album on repeat?
My Top Ten isn't cool, but then neither was my Ford Escort.
They just got me from A to B.
They are numbered 1 to 10 but the positions change on an hourly basis, and like all great 'Smash Hits' charts, there are some Bubbling Under albums that also deserve a mention:
I'm surprised The Lilac Time hasn't had a mention in these pages. Maybe the ghost of 'Kiss Me' wears heavy, but for me 'Paradise Circus' is a perfect mix of great pop tunes with a folk sensibility suggested by snatches of banjo, harmonica and pedal steel. It also boasts some beautifully understated horns and strings. Maybe Stephen Duffy was ahead of his time as this is a sound many of today's bands are having success with!