Kimono My House by Sparks was the first album I bought = aged 8!! Am so proud of that!!
It's a good album for sure . Exciting times were the mid 70s ..a change was going on ..old and new styles were converging. Be bop deluxe capitalised on this , they catered for all genres..even reggae ...and of course you had a new guitar hero at the helm ..well I did anyway . X
I met Ron and Russell Mael during a photo' session for the BBC's 'Radio Times' magazine. It was just after I'd ended the first line up of Be Bop Deluxe but had yet to put any new line up in place. I was basically 'solo' at that time.
The photo' shoot was for the 'Radio Times' Christmas issue and featured all the Radio One DJs standing with artists who they had chosen as their 'tip for the top.' It was a double page photo' with everyone lined up together.
John Peel had chosen Be Bop Deluxe as his pick but, as there was no band together due to me splitting up the first line up, I travelled to London to attend the photo' session on my own. I stood next to John Peel who said some very nice things about my guitar playing in the accompanying text.
Sparks were also in the photograph, along with several other artists that the various DJs had chosen. I can't recall which DJ had picked Sparks but Ron and Russell approached me after the shoot and asked if I'd be interested in joining them. I said I was very flattered by their offer but that I needed to write my own songs, rather than play someone else's. They said they understood but that I could collaborate on song writing with them too. But, I felt I had to follow my own path, for better or worse, so that was that.
Considering that I had no band at the time and had yet to put Simon, Charlie and Andy into the frame, some might have thought my decision was a bad one, but it wasn't the first, (or last,) time that I'd turn down an offer to join someone else's band.
As for being influenced by Sparks, while I think they're an extremely talented pair, my music wasn't influenced by them. But perhaps we both were influenced by a common interest in popular music of all kinds.
Thanks Bill .
Paul Burnett picked Sparks, according to a facsimile of that Radio Times article I found somewhere. Futurama box, I believe.
I seem to recall that Brian May had been asked to join Sparks at some point. Obviously he was going nowhere with that Bulsaro bloke.
I did a Google and found out about Sparks Bill and Brian , but hey we ended up with 3 great bands !!
Wasn't Bill asked to join Sparks by the Mael brothers around this time ?
Bloody heck no idea .
I don’t remember it being mentioned before either
I'll forgive your ignorance on Be Bop, but it's WERE they an influence????
Futurama is my all time fav album bar none . I had Kimono on last year , and it's a good album and I just thought it had the feel of Futurama . It was out a yr before ..kinda got me wondering if some of it had rubbed off on Bill . To my knowledge he's never mentioned them .. no big deal really . :)
Was released just one month before Axe Victim
Cool .. it has a striking similarity to the feel of Futurama .