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Be Bop Deluxe feature in the book "Music In A Word"
In William's World
Southern Dreamer
Jan 13, 2022
Having read some of the author's comments here: - Steve Waxman: Well, it's interesting, because in issue 34, there's an intro from you, where you sort of talk about how the bands that you were championing before they were popular in America have now become popular, and they're not really your bag anymore. Ira Robbins: Right, right. Yeah, I've always, always had that kind of dog in the manger instinct about once the band that I discovered becomes popular. It's like my enthusiasm wanes a little bit. It's not a good thing. And I have fought it myself at times. But at the same time, bands change. I've given this a lot of thought. I wrote a whole article once about Be Bop Deluxe, who I discovered in England 1974. I was on a trip there, and somebody at Harvest (Records) gave me their album and when I got home, I loved it and ended up following and interviewing Bill Nelson a bunch of times and saw the band play a bunch of times and got a little friendly with them and was really enthusiastic. And then they made a record that I didn't really care for. Clearly, if you know anything about Nelson's career, you know that, over time, he was on a hugely different trajectory than what you might have guessed from a Bowie-esque glam band, that Be Bop Deluxe started as. I mean, his solo records are entirely something else. And he just kind of moved very far away from what I had initially liked about them. I had a kind of critical crisis of l 'Can I rip a band that I really like, because they made a record that I don't like, or do I have an obligation to keep liking them and kind of wait until they get back on track?' And the conclusion I came to was 'No, I've got to say what I think.' .....personally, I think I'll give his book(s) a miss. I expect the record he's referring to is 'Drastic Plastic', so heaven knows what he made of 'Sound On Sound' when it was released; not to mention all the amazing solo albums that came after that? I do agree with a couple of his comments though; that approach to following bands / artists is "not a good thing" and Bill's solo albums are "entirely something else". They certainly are something else - in an entirely positive way!
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In William's World
Southern Dreamer
Apr 14, 2020
Bill, may I express my deepest condolences on the sad passing of your dear mum. It was June 1990 when you were playing the concert at Wakefield Cathedral with Ian that I had the fortune & privilege to find myself sitting next to your mum and meeting her for the first time. We chatted after your performance and she was genuinely interested in how far I’d travelled to be there. I’d travelled up to Yorkshire the previous Saturday for your performance at Thornes Park as part of the Wakefield Arts Festival and we had a wonderful, relaxed and flowing conversation about the places I’d stayed and Yorkshire landmarks I’d visited during my week in the county. It was just like chatting with a friend or relative; I was completely taken aback with how lovely, caring and considerate she was; what with me being a complete stranger and initially our only common ground being her son’s music. After the concert and you emerged from the rear entrance of the Cathedral, your mum was straight over to give you a big, warm hug and tell you how much she’d enjoyed the performance. It was quite clear from that moment in time I witnessed, just a tiny bit of the love you both shared and that has made you the person you are. Back at that time I was also privileged to be able to call Ian a friend, having established the relationship and been in regular contact on the phone for a few years since his Fiat Lux days; a few hundred miles between our respective homes unfortunately making physical meeting logistically impossible, apart from at his concert performances. I lost my dad and grandparents some years ago but thank the heavens for every day I still have my 88 year old mum and siblings. With both your brother Ian and now your dear mum having left this mortal world, I can’t begin to contemplate your current emotions but hope that maybe after the rawness has healed to some extent in the weeks and months to come, you will find some solace in the thought, they will now be together. My heartfelt thoughts are with you, Julia, Elle & Elliot for the loss of their beloved gran / nanny and also Emiko for her loss of I’m sure the best mum-in-law she could ever have wished for. David
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