Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Top 102 Albums. No 51. Half Orphan
Top 102 Albums. No 51.
Half Orphan - The Knocking Shop
I know, I know. This doesn't belong on a list of 102 Greatest Albums or 1001 or 2002 Greatest Albums but that's not what this list is about. These are 102 of MY favourite albums. and I couldn't put that list together without putting this in, my own foray into the world of making albums. I know there are other albums on this list which don't tick the box marked 'objective greatness' and if I can list those because they tick a box in my heart why not this.
Being in a band was one of the great adventures of my life, and also created and cemented some of my most treasured friendships. I can still remember our first "rehearsal", at which stage I had passed the bass guitar onto a friend, finally accepting that the only thing I had any talent for was not keeping my mouth shut. That friend was possibly less competent than me on bass and was replaced by Derek Barter, who had experience with The Subterraneans who had been Dublin's next big thing for a while. Another ex-Subterranean Paddy Brady was our super-sub and also played on the album. The line up was completed by my old school friend Dave Connolly on guitar and drummer John Healy, born in Dublin but raised in Sydney, who worked alongside me at the time.
This album was recorded and mixed in one day, and not a long one at that. It was my first time in a studio. It probably shows. Some of these were 'guide' vocals that never got improved. Sadly we were unable to afford the 1/4" tapes and when a producer wanted to do some work on this we went back to the studio to discover that they had been taped over the night before.
But, rough and ready as they are, they were (self)-released and I got to hear myself being introduced by Dave Fanning on the radio. Anything more would probably been anticlimactic anyway.... although I do plan to reform the band when I win the lottery. You have been warned!
In a surprise development the inclusion of Half Orphan (the song) on a compilation album of lost indie gems from Record Collector magazine has led to the reformation of the band to play the launch gig in London on Jan 26th, 2016.