Monday, October 6, 2008

The definition of cult success

One of the joys of the internet is that, if you'll pardon the expression, it facilitates serendipity, bringing together unexpected collisions of people and topics.  Regular readers of this blog (if any exist) may recall that I've written on here before about my enthusiasm for the songs of Pete Atkin and Clive James.  It's often a surprise for people to discover that Clive James, as well as being a poet, critic, novelist, broadcaster and controversial crime fiction critic, is also a song lyricist of some distinction.  Atkin and James made half a dozen fine albums in the 1970s, before abandoning their musical endeavours while Pete went off to make his name as a radio producer and Clive went off to become Clive James.  Then, a decade ago, thanks to the efforts of one Steve Birkill is setting up a superb website devoted to their work, they began writing and performing together again. 

The serendipitous aspect of this is that a few days ago, in my posting for the Carnival of Criminal Minds, I made reference to David Hepworth's blog.  The following day, Mr Hepworth unknowingly repaid my attention by referring to a podcast he'd just recorded with the aforementioned Messrs Atkin and James.  Better still, you can download that podcast here.

I should add that Pete and Clive are currently doing the rounds promoting a newly-available CD, Live in Australia, which is a recording of the two of them performing, well, live in Australia.  If you want a taste of their earlier work, Pete Atkin has recently released an excellent re-recorded selection of the best songs from the sadly unavailable 1970s albums, Midnight Voices.  Both CDs are available from Pete's own Hillside Music, as well as from the usual sources. 


1. Maxine said...

Wonderful thing, that Internet! I've often enjoyed reading Clive James, but had not appreciated this particular "string to his bow" (groan).

2. Michael+Walters said...

On the 'Live in Australia' CD you can even enjoy the dubious pleasure of hearing Clive James sing... I'm not sure I'd recommend it, though he has improved enormously since I first heard him try to carry a tune at the Buxton Opera House in 1998... But give the 'Midnight Voices' CD a try if you're interested.

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