Magic Moments At Twilight Time So where to begin? Ah, let's play
catch up with the song that tells it all...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time
"Magic Moments At Twilight Time" - The Story So Far;
When you're sitting comfortably, I shall begin. As the song says; "The
story started years ago, when came down from the skies, a craft of
gleaming silver white, not seen by Earthmen's eyes, aboard an ageing
scientist from some far distant world..."
Magic Moments At Twilight Time That was our little green friend,
Albert, the one who changed everything. I was happily churning out
mediocre ballads and iffy comedy songs until his now legendary piece of
interference and the resulting W20 Session. In fact, the title of the
album comes from February 1987 and my fumbling attempt to collate my body
of work to date into one collection. Solely intended for me, all of the
packaging being hand made (though undoubtedly brightened by the face of
the delightful Miss Shona Moments), but this is the very first place the
word "Creavolution" appeared, being a simple fusion of "creation" and
"evolution", how I viewed the early MMATT sound as coming together.
Magic Moments At Twilight Time As the song concludes; "In Zoen
Nostalgia, meditate, the time had come to part, but memories can never
die, the new state of the art, and ever on..."
Magic Moments At Twilight Time With "Zoen Nostalgia" being made up
from old MMATT backing tracks used backwards, then "White Hawk Atomic"
being purely live takes of old songs, we were starting to get the
reputation of being a 'green band'. You know, "Hey, they even recycle
their songs!" :) Through 1993, whispers abound that a new MMATT album
called "The Spirit Of Darkness" is in the planning stages, but Music &
Elsewhere was taking up all my time then (willingly, I hasten to add, the
needs of the many and all that), it was a slow process. Finally, in 1994,
we got in the studio and it all started. This is track no. 1, "The
Starship Psychotron", vocal by Leonie Jackson, dubbed Lulu The Space Bimbo
by Sean Worrall at The Organ, much to her dismay! ;)
Magic Moments At Twilight Time It had actually been a bit touch and
go getting Leonie to record anything for the album. Things had got a bit
fragmented after "White Hawk Atomic", nothing much happened for a while.
Then I got a rather fateful phone call from a local musician / songwriter
called Adrian Cox (I think)...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time He was interested in having a track
of his on the Radio Cracker charity tape we were planning at M&E and asked
if I could find a female vocalist he could borrow. I said I'd be quite
happy to lend him mine, so long as he gave her back. This is the only time
I've heard Leonie sing with anybody else. This appeared on The Radio
Cracker compilation album in December 1992 under the name of Obsessive
Fascination, and MMATT it ain't! This is called "It's Your Love My Heart
Magic Moments At Twilight Time The trouble was, he didn't give her
back exactly. The two of them got involved in a relationship (not
complaining about that, obviously), but I gather she must have been
singing with him a fair bit more as well, as her time for MMATT seemed to
diminish continually. In fact, her and I only recorded one song together
in 1992 and 1993, after which she announced she would be quitting the band
entirely. As it turned out, the song we did record set us on the road to
"Creavolution". Captain Garry Lee had asked us to do a theme tune for his
pirate radio station, Freedom Overflow", and this is what we came up with,
Leonie on vocals, and I seem to recall we recorded the vocals at Adrian's
house (he had a much better set up than us, what you can do with money,
This is "Freedom Overflow", also coincidentally released on The Radio
Magic Moments At Twilight Time And here's Captain Garry Lee at the
helm of Freedom Overflow. You had to hide your identity in those days if
you were a pirate, aarrr!
Garry Lee Wotto Mr.Muse-Man! I call Mick that, as when he came to
stay at the Starship Overflow all those years ago, we converted him to our
own recipe of muesli, which was kept in the jar marked 'Muse Man!'
Basically we threw a handful of most available products from 'Weigh &
Save' in a pot and gave it a damn good shake. Mick's theme tune for our
(at the time) pirate station, was run at the opening & close of every FM
broadcast we did for around 5 years or so. We still dig it out on
momentous occasions, such as our 30th birthday recently, where once again
it helped to open proceedings. White Hawk Atomic was probably my favourite
of the tapes. Then there was my favourite song about dropping 10 tabs of
LSD... ; which I still remember fondly (and the song). Also another artist
Mick turned me on to was Philip Hutchinson AKA 'Christ' (the band not the
messiah). Whilst doing a guest show on the station Mick played a hilarious
song about Satan's cup cakes by Christ, which ended up being another
favourite back in the day. So a lot of years have passed & a lot of
stomachs have grown. But still the Starship Overflow & the Starship
Psychotron fly side by side, putting on a better show than the bloody red
arrows ever could. Not only that, we have green smoke! PEACE OUT ;)
An Online Chat With Philip Hutchinson
Magic Moments At Twilight Time The song, was, of course, entirely
reworked for "Creavolution", first into "Storm" (which you may have heard
if you were around for the chat with Inga earlier), then into "The
Starship Psychotron", as it appeared on the finished album.
An Online Chat With Inga Leru
Magic Moments At Twilight Time As "Storm", the track was intended
to go in the middle of the album somewhere, "The Starship Psychotron",
however, could only go at the start or the end, and we already had "Rock &
Roll Lifestyle" as a closer...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Hence why 'The Opening Tale' comes
AFTER the first track...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time On the original release (and