I was born on 19th May 1967 in Ashton-under-Lyne in the
county of Greater Manchester, England.
My early musical memories are sketchy at best, however there are two individual recollections that spring to mind, although I am unsure as to their chronological order.
Firstly, being bought for my birthday, (about the age of 12 or 13, I would have thought), a portable cassette player with a tape of ABBA’s greatest hits Volume 2.
Secondly, is the discovery of my parent’s record collection, which consisted of only 5 LP’s and is/was as follows….
I usually look back at these circumstances with some dismay, however, looking at the content of the performers above, it is not wholly unacceptable that I should turn out to be a "Prog" head with that particular grounding….
Also, if my parents had have had any sort of real musical taste, I could have expected a lot worse from the choices available in the mid/late seventies.
In fact if you were to put all the above in a theoretical musical blender I would have thought that the outcome would be a very, very Proggy affair in deed.
So there it is I blame my parents’ for the way I turned out musically…or praise them, as I often still do!
Moving forward to a couple of years later, about the age of 14/15, I pestered my old man for a Bass Guitar and after a few months of him and my Mother trying to talk me out of it. My Father and I then scoured the music shops and then standing like a monolith in my bedroom, were my gleaming Washburn Active Bass Guitar and an Vox head amp and a 4x10 bass cab…(My dad had a few quid, back then)…. All I had to do was learn how to play….join a band and take on the world…!!
However.. That’s another story…
However here are my influences…And whilst deliberating I decided to not include live recordings or DVD’s as that would be a completely different list….
Well here they are and in no particular order, (except that)," The Lamb" will always, always be Number One…
Genesis…The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Foxtrot, Selling England..etc..anything pre 1976.
Peter Gabriel..("absolutely everything" especially "OVO")
Steve Hackett…Voyage Of The Acolyte.
Rush…Moving Pictures, Grace under Pressure. (well all of their albums really I cannot choose my fave!!)
Porcupine Tree…Signify, Deadwing.
The Beatles…Sgt.Pepper, Abbey Road.
Wishbone Ash..There’s the Rub, Argus.
The Who...Who’s Next. Tommy.
Pink Floyd..Animals, Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall, Ummagumma.
ELO…A New World Record.
Pallas..Beat The Drum, The Cross and the Crucible, The Sentinel, The Dreams of Men.
Beltane Fire...Different Breed
Jadis..More than Meets The Eye
Marillion….Script For A Jesters tear, Fugazi, Misplaced Childhood, Clutching at Straws.
Roger Waters…The Pro’s and Con’s Of Hitchhiking, Amused To Death.
Robert Fripp and David Sylvian…The First Day.
Fish…Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors, Fellini Days, Field Of Crows.
Crowded House…Woodface. Temple Of Low Men.
Dar Williams…Honesty Room, My Better Self.
Suzanne Vega…Suzanne Vega, Nine Objects Of Desire, Songs in Red and Grey.
Kate Bush…The Kick Inside, Aerial.
David Sylvian… Dead Bees on a Cake. Gone To Earth, Brilliant Trees.
Jeff Wayne…War Of The Worlds, Spartacus.
Queensryche…Operation Mindcrime, Empire, Rage For Order.
Yes...Fragile, Going For The One, The Yes Album.
UFO…Obsession, Force it.
Steely Dan…Aja, The Royal Scam.
PLUS MANY, MANY MORE (This is more difficult than I thought it was going to be!!!)
I currently play guitar and sing lead vocals with 3 projects.
Firstly a Professional Pink Floyd tribute, called "Pynk Floid"… visit http://www.pynk-floid.co.uk for more info..
Secondly, a covers band (and sometime tribute to UFO) called "Southbound", who play in and around West Yorkshire in Pubs and Clubs.
And lastly my very own original project called "The Way Forward", writing pop songs and developing prog ideas into demos with guitarist and close friend Ralph Neslon-Tucker.
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