November 2013

Not all smiles

My initial feeling about co-habiting with a famous film star was one of complete chuffedness. I’d been dumped on from a great height by Maggie, spent three months sleeping on the floor in an empty […]


Chuzzer Miles had lived in Kathmandu some ten years before, and was planning a return visit. I had mentioned that I had always wanted to visit India and sit at the feet of some guru […]


After returning to Holland Park from Nepal in the autumn of 1984 it had taken me a couple of weeks to re-adjust to even drinking tap water straight from the tap without boiling it and […]

The anti-heroin project

After a year or so of following the musical briefs of twenty million west end marketing guys on cocaine, I longed to make pop records or just work on a rock band project – something […]

From Elvis to Ringo

Elvis Costello, or should I have called him Declan (McManus) – it feels a bit odd calling anyone “Elvis” – seemed not half as bad and aggressive as all the Olympic studio engineers had warned. […]

Abbey Road Mega Sessions

I didn’t know it but I was about to co-produced tracks with Paul and Linda McCartney, write songs for Kim Wilde, Bonnie Tyler, Elkie Brooks, Fish from Marillion and produce Elvis Costello and Loudon Wainright.
Artists […]