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But I wonder who she’ll be If she’ll put the hurt on me

April 29, 2009

6 degrees of separation : Roy Wood links my 9-year old DJ skills and a friend.
I have been listening to the extended 90-minute version of the ‘Record Producers’ programme on Roy Wood. More here on the BBC Radio2 website.
Growing up in the 1970s I only knew Roy Wood through the b-side of his single ‘Forever’ which a schoolfriend had given me. At that point I had maybe 3 or 4 records (the others escape my memory now but they were probably hand-me-downs from my parents). My real record buying wouldn’t start for another 3 or 4 years.
The b-side was titled ‘Music To Commit Suicide To’ and it was an insrumental. This piece fascinated me for a couple of reasons. First off the count-in remained on the single. I imagined that Mr Wood had been in such a rush to get this single out to the shops that he didn’t have time to edit out the count-in. Bless my innocence. The other was the scary sections of the track with the stomping piano and bass. This would come back into my life 30-odd years later.
I used to record my own radio shows on a 30 minute cassette tape I had managed to persuade my father to give me. Being a slick 9 year old DJ I knew I needed some theme music. Having an instrumental track made my productions all the more slick.
A friend of mine was discussing Roy Wood with me a couple of years ago. To describe this friend as a fan of Roy Wood would be an understatement. A little bird tells me you’ll hear a cheeky sample from that b-side on an album my friend recorded.
Funny how it all comes full circle.
In the first comment you’ll find a link to two mp3 files of the excellent BBC radio show.
On the next ‘Producers Cut’ in the ‘Record Producers’ series, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of a man who has achieved the rare feat of having Top Ten singles with three different groups, and as a solo artist, yet remains somewhat under-valued in his contribution to British pop music – Roy WoodFollowing a Denny Cordell-produced debut album by The Move, Roy took over the controls for the rest of the group’s career, then went on to form Electric Light Orchestra with Jeff Lynne. After a stunning debut single, ‘10538 Overture’, he left to write and produce a string of hits with his new band Wizzard. At the same time, he was writing and recording as a solo artist, giving him a further four hit singles and an acclaimed debut album ‘Boulders’.This extended version of the Radio 2 documentary concentrates on his work during this period, but also contains some of his production work for others, such as the ‘Annie In Wonderland’ album by Renaissance singer Annie Haslam.Featuring interviews with Roy, Jeff Lynne, Alan Parsons, Annie Haslam and others, Steve and Richard also take an in-depth look at the original multi-track recordings of ‘10538 Overture’ by ELO; Wizzard’s number one ‘Angel Fingers’; and Roy’s Top 10 solo hit ‘Forever’; one of the oldest surviving recordings of a Roy Wood song. In an exclusive to this 6 Music ‘Producer’s Cut’ there’s also an analysis of a seasonal favourite – the multi-track of ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’.



5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2009 12:04 pm

    If you prefer a smaller 55MB file and just want to hear the original 60minute show then follow this link


  2. April 29, 2009 12:28 pm

    RW is directly responsible for me being a one-man recording operation. I was always hugely impressed by the fact that one could record oneself over and over to create a fully-arranged peice of music. And how difficult that must have been back in the 70s in the pre-digital, record-it-in-your-kitchen-on-your-laptop…and that leaves aside the fact that the guy was able to play such a diverse range of musical instruments.It’s a shame he never (as far as I know but I stand open to correction) recorded “serious” music – he surely would have got far greater credit than he has been given.Regards,djp


  3. May 2, 2009 12:01 am

    Hey Peter, thanks for your very kind words. I’d love to hear your songs. Don’t know if you prefer to upload it or send it. Up to you. I need to get some time to put something together myself. We had a bit of gig the other week which was totally shite. Strangely, every session we’ve had since has been pretty good. Funny though that, after a while, all the songs just get stale so directional change could be on the cards. Now I know where Dylan is coming from! Maybe spend some of my Fridays doing some recording instead of sitting up till two in the morning in my little bunker. May be after a few weeks of that and chewing some books I’ll summon up some inspiration adn some new sounds.Anyway, thanks again for you support.If you want to upload your music leave a link in my blog comments or you can contact me on my e-mail at


  4. June 27, 2009 5:10 pm

    Finally got to listen to the Roy Wood show today. Awesome, awesome stuff. I will never look at Allen keys in quite the same way again…:-)Regards,djp


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