Pippa Smith never really got her chance to shine in front of a microphone
with MMATT, she got caught up in what I often refer to as 'The Lost Year'.
She did, however, leave one test recording behind to show what a great job
she could have done if I'd worked out how many beans made five back then.
Luckily, now I know; bean, bean and a half, two beans and half a bean.
Currently kicking proverbial butt with cool retro outfit, Get Ready, let's
give her the golden opportunity to rub in what I missed. Welcome to the
start of 'Zoen Nostalgia Day'...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Good morning, Pippa, how are you at
this God-forsaken madly early hour?
Pippa Smith Morning I am good... I think a little tired.. late
Pippa Smith But thatís rock and roll haha
Magic Moments At Twilight Time I know the feeling, you have to take
it even easier when you get to my age! Dare I ask what you were up to?
Pippa Smith We had a gig last night and, in the interests of good
journalism and research, new band is actually Self Preservation Society :)
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Great name, catch the retro
reference, of course. So who's in the band with you, anyone we might know?
Pippa Smith I wouldnít think so but... Len Picott, John Robinson,
Ed (donít even know his last name maybe he doesnít have one haha) and Paul
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Well, you're on Facebook, that's a
start. I've 'liked' your page, I'm nice like that.
Pippa Smith Aw thatís nice... Iíll pop you back on the Xmas card
Magic Moments At Twilight Time So, you've certainly been singing
for some years now. It was actually nearly 29 years ago you and I met,
September 1989, at the West End Centre. It was a Christ! gig, funnily
enough I'm interviewing Philip Hutchinson this afternoon, small world. Do
you remember anything about that night?
Magic Moments At Twilight Time What am I on, it was JULY 1989, over
30 years ago.
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Over 29 years ago. Can I go back to
bed now? ;)
Pippa Smith Very vaguely...it was my first band...Rising Signs. We
were a four piece and pretty green, make that very green. You came up
after the gig and spoke about your thang and asked if I would be
interested in giving it a go.
Pippa Smith And I just realised how awful that all sounds so I
shall quantify by saying all in a musical sense of course
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Rising Signs, yeah, remember you
giving me a cassette...
" A R E T H E A L D
E R S H O T B O Y S I N ? "
Quite a kind of mod retro thing, I seem to recall, obviously a big taste
with you. I always felt kind of guilty for dragging you away from
something you are clearly very into, then it not really leading to
Pippa Smith I feel old
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Sorry.
Magic Moments At Twilight Time I AM old!
Pippa Smith Haha itís fine, I am old
Pippa Smith Snap
Pippa Smith Well Rising Signs did carry on a while after so not all
bad you can stop carrying that guilt...I multi tasked.. I can do that Iím
Magic Moments At Twilight Time The secrets of multi-tasking, I've
heard much about it, but Sam refuses to reveal them. So, our meeting would
have been only weeks after "Zoen Nostalgia" was released and Shona had
gone, hence my being in the market for a new singer. You came over to our
old place in Frimley and did a test vocal to the original backing track of
"State Of The Art" for us. I was definitely happy with it, especially when
you think this was first attempt. Would you like to hear it?
Pippa Smith Of course!
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Have you heard it at all since 1989?
Pippa Smith Absolutely not...itís gonna be weird
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Weird was our trademark! Ladies and
gentlemen, this is Pippa Smith, with Magic Moments At Twilight Time,
sometime in 1989, singing "State Of The Art"...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time It's a long intro, but it's a short
Pippa Smith Still listening :)
Pippa Smith Blimey
Pippa Smith It all came flooding back
Pippa Smith I might post that on my page later if you donít mind :)
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Go for it. Ah, so much promise
there, it would have been so interesting developing the next generation of
Mmatterial with you up front. Why on Earth didn't it happen? That time
seems to be such a fuzz in my head. You know, my marriage was still recent
history, but then I had the emotional turmoil of entering into a new
relationship (with an 18 year old Sam, ho hum!) and... I was all over the
place. La La Land. But seriously, I know I was struggling to find other
musicians, which we also needed. Did we get as far as rehearsing or
anything, what do you remember?
Pippa Smith I really donít recall. I donít remember rehearsing with
other musicians. We should have done...it was so eighties!
Pippa Smith I am so glad you kept that test recording
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Yeah, wasn't it? When we finally got
our proverbial shit together and did the second edition of "Zoen Nostalgia
II: Earthbound" in April 1991, Leonie was lead vocalist and you weren't
around any more. I included your track as a bonus on the album, but I
don't know if we were still in touch. Can you shed any light on the
situation? I swear, there are times I think I've forgotten more than I
Pippa Smith I am so rubbish I remember nothing and regret nothing
hahahaha . For sure we didnít get back in touch until a few years ago. I
do believe it was Sid Stovold who pointed you in my direction on Facebook
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Social media can be an amazing
thing, it's so nice to be in touch with so many people from those early
days again. Those that are still talking to me! ;) Sid Stovold will be a
familiar name to Music & Elsewhere aficionados, I'm sure, from Who Moved
The Ground, had a couple of albums on the label. So, to Pippa Smith -
you've obviously never left the stage, but I was really surprised to find
out you'd also been doing stage musicals, like here you are in "Jesus
Christ Superstar", tell us a bit about that...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Top row, third from right.
Pippa Smith Well it started when I lived in the States, mainly
because all music seemed to be country or Lynyrd Skynyrd (shudder) and I
felt the need to sing really. So I initially took up with a local theatre
group who were putting on Sweeney Todd. I got involved as a voice coach
(teaching them to speak with an English accent) then someone dropped out
of the chorus.. they asked if I could sing and the rest, as they say is
Pippa Smith I only played in one show in the UK. Namely JCSS and
then got back to bands
Magic Moments At Twilight Time I didn't know you'd ever lived out
there. So if you only did the one show in the UK, where was the "Oliver"
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Excellent make up, incidentally...