Damien Page And I never listened any rockabilly either. After I
read your review I remember saying to my girlfriend of the time 'who the
f**k are the Stray Cats???' I get it now of course!
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Really? That is a huge surprise, so
who WERE your big influences then? Oh, and you can hear why I thought of
you for the "Lights Turn Blue" solo, can't you?
Damien Page Megadeth, who were my all time favourite guitar band.
Hangar 18 for me is still the greatest metal song of all time. I remember
listening to the Mart Friedman solos and just being blown away. Could
never play it in a million years but the dream was there. Other than than
the rock side, my first musical love was Nina Simone believe it or not. 12
year old kid from Kent listening to Strange Fruit...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time I think Strange Fruit almost
describes the world of Magic Moments to perfection! So, next step was
dragging you all the way across to London (well, guess the A2 is a
reasonably straight and easy journey) to sunny Plumstead and Marc Gordon
Hendley Bell's Brain Dead studio. And you asked where I got the picture
from, it's right outside his house, taken just after you got out of your
Magic Moments At Twilight Time I don't remember the nice young
Magic Moments At Twilight Time I struggle with my own sometimes...
Damien Page Her name was Julie. She lives in in the north now too,
still in touch with her. Ah yes, my first experience of Thamesmead... I
saw you mention the beans earlier and I seem to remember being offered
them when we arrived. That and someone saying 'if you smell something
we've put rat poison down in the basement'. I knew it would be a day to
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Oh shit, yes, the rats! Poor Marc, I
think it took him ages to get that under control. I don't know about the
beans though, I survived a couple of years on them, mind! So let's have a
listen to what we got you there to do, "Lights Turn Blue", and I remain
convinced you have extra fingers to this very day...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time And here ya go, plucking them
Magic Moments At Twilight Time I remember when you'd finished, Marc
and I looked at each other and said, "Yeah, great." You just shook your
head and said, "I can do it better." And then you did, that's the second
and final take we're listening to.
Damien Page This was the first and only time I'd ever played on
someone else's songs. I remember the tape turning up and just listening to
get the first riff that was at the beginning and end of the solo. rest was
improvised. Tried to keep to the spirit of the track
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Which I think you succeeded in doing
brilliantly. I've just got to the little run-off solo you did at the end
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Of course, once we had you there and
realised how skilful you were at improvisation, it seemed churlish not to
try to get more work out of you! Next up was "The Torch" which you added
that little improv bit to at the end, recall you just sitting there and
doing that off the cuff. We can talk over the track coz time's not doing
us any favours here. Is it a lot of practise that allowed you to do things
Damien Page Liked the challenge of playing on these songs. I had
one Hawkwind album to use as inspiration!
Magic Moments At Twilight Time That always helps. Do you find you
miss music these days?
Damien Page Every now and then. My wife was just listening to the
songs with me and she can't believe I don't play any more. I definitely
miss the performance side. That first time of playing a new song with a
band and it just works and it sounds how you imagined. That I really miss
Magic Moments At Twilight Time So tell us something about the job
you do these days as Professor Page (ex rock god), do you actually get to
teach et al?
Damien Page I haven't taught for a couple of years now. I supervise
doctoral students and still do research but most of my days are spent on
spreadsheets, budgets and committees. Far cry from rock god... I like to
think I still bring a bit of the attitude to senior management though...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time That's never any bad thing! So what
about the future, has anything we've talked about today made you think
about picking up your guitar again?
Damien Page You never know! I don't even have calluses on my
fingers any more so I'd need to build up slowly. Perhaps something more
sedate than busy now. I still get the odd riff in my head that I want to
play. Not sure I could face the pub circuit again though. The drinking,
yes, but not the grind
Magic Moments At Twilight Time That's something I shall look
forward to the possibility of. Well, our hour is just about up, so I am
going to say many thanks for talking to us this evening, been a real joy
listening to Hecate's Dreams again, and may I wish you both every success
and happiness with wherever the future may take you. I'm going to play out
with the last track you did for us, "Rock & Roll Lifestyle". Ladies and
gentlemen, the lead guitar of Professor Damien Page...
Damien Page Ah, nice way to finish - that was a fun song to play
on. It's been an absolute pleasure Mick, great to see the revival! Take
Hecate's Dreams - "Rape Of The Fly" (M&E 256, 1994), 40 minutes of finger
blistering joy, just click on the image...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time And thus ends another marathon from
me, though I got off at only 6 hours this week, half an hour light from
last! I'm off to spend a couple of days remembering myself to my wife and
child, enjoy the Bank Holiday, hope to see you all back here in the coming
days. Thank you and goodnight!