Category: Other Groups/Artists

Any other band/artist I’ve been connected with

Mick Ronson – Old Grey Whistle Test

I completely forgot about this will search for more info…

Mick on OGWTMick appeared on the April 11 airing of the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test television program. While he performed three solo numbers including Play Don’t Worry and Angel No. 9, backed by John Turnbull on guitar, Geoff Appleby on bass, Blue Weaver on keyboards and Jim Toomey on drums, the slot was originally booked to promote the Hunter – Ronson collaboration about to kick of in the United States. Ronson filled in as a solo artist when Hunter found it necessary to return to the US before the scheduled appearance.

Pet Shop Boys, Me and 2 Fairlights do “The Old Grey Whistle Test”

Updated video….

The Pet Shop Boys first live gig was at the ICA in London (can’t remember date in’80’s.. just saw ’86 on video) starring in “The Max Headroom Show”

I programmed 2 Fairlights for the backing and myself and Chris also played keyboards it was most probably the one and only time Chris played Trombone on stage and they/we sounded great. I also did the same for them on “The Old Grey Whistle Test” Wow! don’t believe this just found it on YouTube.I was behind the bank of screens with a mixing desk sending my mix to the control room. Big panic just before the show went out live as someone tripped over one of the mains cables to the Fairlights and I had to do a panic soldering iron repair.

My Yamaha DX1 and Technics PX1 as well as my Fairlights being used also.

Also this same night

Stayin’ Alive – Ozzy Osbourne/Dweezil Zappa

2 heavy versions

2 great covers…

Lou Reed – Men Of Good Fortune (Berlin Album)

Really good to hear how my simple piano part has developed.

Great quote from Lou in one book written about him (can’t remember which do you? please comment if so.)
I was quoted (I’m pretty sure I didn’t say it) as saying Lou couldn’t play after six o’clock because of taking too many drugs, anyway when Lou was asked about this he said “Blue couldn’t play before or after six and he didn’t f**king take any”. I was so nervous and in awe playing with all the guys, imagine being asked to come and have a warm up jam with a few guys, as Bob Ezrin put it when he saw me drinking my half pint at the bar in Morgan Studios, when I walked in the studio there was Jack Bruce, Aynsley Dunbar,Steve Hunter,Gene Martynec and Steve Windwood had just had to leave and they expected “me” to take over?

T Rex – Get It On (totp)

Good to see Sir Elton miming (way over the top) to my piano part,which on this mix you can hardly hear.

Gladys Knight – The Way It Was

A piano piece I’d written before I joined the Bee Gees. One night I was playing this in the studio when Barry started singing along and before I’d finished had lyrics originally called “The Restless Years” but later changed, I wish that tile had stayed as it gets confused with “The Way We Were” especially as Gladys sang it also.
I still get a lump in my throat when I hear this and can’t believe such great singers want to sing my songs.

Andy Gibb/Barbra Streisand – Our Love (Don’t Throw It All Away)

So Young! So Talented! So Sad!

Also recorded by Barbra Streisand

Jimmy Ruffin – Hold On(to my love)

Tragedy – Heavy Metal Bee Gee’s Tribute Band

Sounds great and very funny…