What film could your new set soundtrack?
Is there anything still unissued?
Many hours of Landscape gigs from 1977/78.
Have you done anything that fans may not know about?
Many uncredited single / album performances, when I was a studio musician.
Where were you when you first heard one of your songs on vinyl?
Wellington, New Zealand – The Quincy Conserve’s Epitaph.
What was your favourite record shop then?
World Record Club, Christchurch, New Zealand.
What was your first record?
The Yardbirds’ ‘For Your Love’.
Have you kept studio notebooks?
Huge scrapbooks of press clippings, scores / parts / lyrics, plus demos.
What’s the oddest circumstance that inspired a song?
Driving around Elephant & Castle roundabout, London. Most of ‘So Good, So Pure, So Kind’ came to me. I sang the melody and much of the lyrics into a Dictaphone.
Would you change any of your artwork, given the chance?
Manhattan Boogie-Woogie. We commissioned Peter Blake, but the record label didn’t like his collage.
Which album, on first listen, is the most startling that you ever heard?
Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew.
Do you keep a diary?
Comprehensive records. I’ve been playing with ideas for a book.
Which of your former homes should have a blue plaque?
18 Crofton Rd., Camberwell, London.
There, I wrote for Landscape, John and I programmed the Landscape computer / synths and the Fairlight CMI for Kate Bush (on Never For Ever), and I did pre-production for Visage, Spandau Ballet, Five Star …
Dying peacefully on your deathbed, what’d you like to hear?
Etta James, ‘At Last’.
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